John Welbourn is the creator/operator of CrossFit Football. He is a professional football player and a CrossFit Level 2 certified coach. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft. He went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John also is owner of CrossFit Balboa, an S&C gym in Orange County, CA. CrossFit Balboa is one of a handful of Westside Barbell certified gyms in the world. In addition to training MLB, NFL and other professional and Olympic athletes, John travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie
Raphael Ruiz is on hiatus with the CrossFit Football staff. He is spending his days focusing on developing his aXis and 1441 tfr programs. Raphael played a vital part in the creation and development of CrossFit Football. He was raised in Texas where he played football and ran track in H.S. and college at Sam Houston State Univ. It was there where he began his career with the initial development of the concepts and forward thinking principles for a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to training; this program was titled Fitnecessity SP. That was the precursor to All Sports Elite (ASE) and then eventually its current moniker One Four Four One (1441) Training Systems. Raphael relocated to Tampa in 1998 and began work as a sports performance specialist at Harbor Island Athletic Club. It was during this time that he branched out and worked with the S&C staffs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Minor League Program as well as the Director of Sports Performance at the Clearwater Tennis Academy. Shortly thereafter, Raphael became the Director of S&C for the University of Tampa, which he has served since 1998. During that time, he also was as the Director of Sports Performance for the MLS Tampa Bay Mutiny. In January 2005, the Sports Performance Clinic that Raphael developed was added as a division of the Musculoskeletal Institute [Established by Florida Orthopedic Institute]. Currently, All Sports Elite is the Corporate Health & Wellness branch of a training system under the flag of One Four Four One, LLC.
Luke Summers is a Illinois native who moved out to Southern California to follow his passion. Since 2007 Luke has been training athletes in CrossFit, Weightlifting, and Olympic Lifting. He spent 6 years pushing pencils in “Corporate America,” spending 3 of those years moonlighting as a CrossFit Coach before and after work at CrossFit of Naperville in his hometown. Luke was an athlete his whole life and played multiple sports, but his primary focus was football. He played up through college until a neck injury forced him to hang it up. Since then his passion has been coaching and strength and conditioning. He has been following the CrossFit Football program since it's launch in 2009 and attended his first CrossFit Football seminar in March of 2011. The seminar personified his style of choaching and training which is why he “gave it all up” for an opportunity to head out to Southern California to coach onsite with the CrossFit Football team at CrossFit Football Headquarters. He travels with the CrossFit Football staff and has coached a variety of athletes from amateur to professional levels in football, baseball, and track.
Ben Oliver Ben Oliver was born and raised in Southern California where he played baseball and basketball, before a height and weight shortage corralled him into the world of soccer. In 2004 Ben attended The Ohio State University on a soccer scholarship before transferring in 2006 to UC Riverside, where he would earn his BA in History. After graduation, Ben began his coaching career at CrossFit Coronado. It was here that he was introduced to John Welbourn and began his journey as a CrossFit Football intern; initially as a guinea pig for workouts. In 2009 Ben moved to CrossFit Balboa to work hand in hand with John. He has been a coach at CrossFit Baloba since 2009 and a full member of the CrossFit Football seminar staff since 2010. Since 2010 Ben has become the head coach at CrossFit Balboa (the home of CFFB) and has worked with amateur, collegiate athletes, and professional athletes in a variety of sports.
Cali Hinzman is a lifelong athlete and coach of 3 years whose sports background includes lacrosse, cheerleading, women's football, and powerlifting. She found CrossFit 3 years ago and shortly after was introduced to CrossFit Football. It wasn't long before she fully embraced the program and saw amazing gains both in her lifting and in her athletic performance. She has since been imparting her knowledge of the CrossFit Football methodology to all of her clients and athletes. Now a transplant from Washington, D.C. to the CrossFit Football headquarters in sunny Newport Beach, Cali is part of the CrossFit Football seminar staff and coaches amateur and professional athletes on loacation at CFFBHQ.
Tex McQuilkin is currently an Assistant Sports Performance Coach at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. working with the men's and women's lacrosse teams. Tex is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is the expert on Power Athlete training for the sport of lacrosse. He was raised in Houston, Texas playing football and fell into lacrosse by chance his junior year of high school. That chance led to successful lacrosse career at Marymount University in Arlington, Va as four year starter at defensive mid-field, and three year captain. Tex graduated with a Bachelor's in Health Sciences in 2008 and entered the world of coaching as a grad-assistant for the men's lacrosse team and earned a Master's in Health Promotion in May 2010 from Marymount. It was in this time that he discovered CrossFit Football, began the program and attended his first cert in December 2009. Upon graduation Tex continued to coach lacrosse with Marymount,and n Winter 2010, he was hired on as manager and head coach of CrossFit Dupont, in Washington, D.C. For two years Tex developed a successful CrossFit program built on the concepts of CrossFit Football. He has now made a full time shift into collegiate strength and conditioning.