Say hello to Colin, our new General Manager!
Whether you like it or not, you'll be seeing more of my ugly mug around here DCF, so I thought I should go ahead briefly and introduce myself. My name is Colin Farrell, and as of November 1 I have been serving District CrossFit as general manager. I am still very much getting my feet wet, getting to know our staff, and just poking around to see how everyone is doing, but I can’t express how much I'm looking forward to working with all of you.
I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my three brothers playing just about every sport I could get into. I ran track, played soccer, rugby, and even dabbled in field hockey (yes, you read that correctly). I enjoyed wrestling and lacrosse the most and had the great privilege of playing lacrosse at the collegiate level for Marymount University in Arlington. After college I got embarrassingly deep into the world of adventure racing, and in 2011 qualified for the world championship Tough Mudder … because running laps around a obstacle course for 24 straight hours in New Jersey in December of sounded like a grand idea at 22 years old. Aside from that, prior to my CrossFit coaching career I was a political science, economics, and history teacher in Fairfax County for the better part of a decade.
I have been a CrossFitter since about 2011, and have been coaching athletes in that realm since 2013. Unlike most people, when I first tried CrossFit I was not immediately hooked, it took awhile for me to come around to being OK with the fact that I was going to get my ass handed to me on a regular basis.
I spent the early part of my professional coaching career working with younger athletes, specifically high school and college swimmers as well as tactical athletes heading into the military. I coached at CrossFit 703 in Dumfries as well as CrossFit Liberation in Lorton while also working as a strength and conditioning coach at Marymount University and South County High School. In 2015 I joined the coaching staff at Potomac CrossFit and from April of 2016 until last month I served there as the Director of Training and Operations.
I live in Woodbridge Virginia with my wife, Kate, and our two sons, Leigham (6), and Emmet (3). Outside of CrossFit, I am a voracious Audible listener and reader, I enjoy painting and drawing quite a bit, writing, and of course I love spending time with my family more than just about anything.
I am looking forward to getting to know and working with the athletes here at DCF. I've gotten to know Amon, Sean, and Nick over the past few weeks and it is plainly obvious that the community here is tremendously lucky to have each of them, and I am now lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside them and learn from them.
Please do not hesitate to stop me and introduce yourself or ask any questions you might have if you see me in the gym. I can't wait to get to know each of you! Cheers!