Meet the CrossFit Coaches

WHO WE ARE

Meet our coaching staff! These are the guys and gals who train our amazing athletes every day. We've cultivated a crew of optimistic, fun loving and inspirational people with some serious coaching skills and amazing athletic ability.
  • Rick DiCarlo

    Owner & Head Coach

    Rick DiCarlo is the founder, owner, and head coach of Aliso CrossFit. He specializes in general physical fitness, nutrition, wellness, strength, and conditioning.

    “Although I’m a coach, I always consider myself a student first. I’m passionate about pursuing higher levels of knowledge, skills, and continuing education as a trainer and leader in our community. This helps me share the life-changing benefits of CrossFit to as many people as I can.”

    Rick was first introduced to CrossFit in 2006 while training with the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. The lessons of commitment, discipline, and fitness that Rick learned in the USMC are the foundation of his coaching methods which he has developed over the years.

    Prior to founding Aliso CrossFit, Rick graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He has served in the United States Marine Corps since 2001, both as an enlisted Marine and as an Infantry Officer, deploying to various locations throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and Iraq.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-2 Trainer
    • CrossFit Endurance
    • CrossFit Movement & Mobility
    • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
    • U.S. Marine Infantry Officer
    • American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certification
  • Babs Murphy

    Coach

    Babs Murphy is a coach here at Aliso CrossFit. She is also our resident sheFIT expert who is passionate about coaching women through their fitness journey. Coach Babs also specializes in Olympic weightlifting, movement, and mobility.

    “I really love coaching the beginner CrossFitter. When you’re new and achieving things you never thought you’d do, you discover how strong you’ve always been. That’s a very empowering feeling and I’m honored to be a part of that journey.”

    Prior to becoming a CrossFit coach, Babs served thirty years as a Police Officer with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Upon retirement, she was able to continue to pursue her passion of helping others by becoming an influential coach at Aliso CrossFit. She is dedicated to helping others reach their goal one WOD at a time.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
    • CrossFit Kids
    • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    • CrossFit Movement & Mobility
    • Orange County Sheriff's Deputy
    • American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certification
  • Nolan Raffanello

    Owner & Coach

    Nolan is an owner & coach at Aliso CrossFit.  He specializes in helping our athletes get fit and accomplish their goals.

    Coach Nolan’s introduction to the fitness world came at an early age as he played a wide range of sports like baseball and hockey until his college years. While attending Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island, he discovered his love for strength training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    “I was always interested in training.  The first time I saw Crossfit was on ESPN in 2011 following my move from Brooklyn, NY to the West Coast.  When I took the leap to try my first class at ACF, I walked away completely addicted.  As I grew to really love CrossFit, I found a calling to become a coach. CrossFit has changed my life in so many ways and now I want to start giving back, working with both beginners and experienced athletes.

    I’m passionate about helping others achieve their goals in regards to fitness and nutrition.  I believe in a high-level of honesty and ethics both inside and outside the box.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
    • CrossFit Weightlifting
    • Crossfit Scaling
    • American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certification
  • Jessica Snyder

    Coach

    Jessica Snyder is a coach here at Aliso CrossFit. She specializes helping her athletes (especially those in sheFIT) find the power from within and develop their external physical strength.

    Like many of us, Coach Jessica says CrossFit changed her life for the better. “I want to share this empowerment I found with others which is why I love being a coach here at Aliso CrossFit.

    I’m passionate about helping change lives and love watching how excited people get when they master a new skill for the first time.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
    • American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR & AED Certification
    • American Heart Association Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification
  • Rodney Davis

    Coach

    Rodney Davis is a coach here at Aliso CrossFit and specializes in motivating our athletes to dig deep and blow past their self-imposed limits. “Seeing that huge smile after setting a new personal record is what I love most about coaching our members.

    I really love to introduce new members to the camaraderie, community, and competitiveness that CrossFit brings out in all of us.”

    Coach Rodney comes to us with a lifetime of athleticism. “Since I was younger, being active has always been a part of my blood. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 2007, I stayed active by joining local adult basketball and flag football leagues. Yearning for new experiences, I begin to “cross-train” at popular globo gyms before ultimately realizing I needed more of a challenge. At the time, I had a friend who was doing CrossFit who would always try to get me to do the workouts. After one CrossFit WOD, I quickly realized I was not as fit as I thought I was and this was the challenge I was looking for!

    I joined the movement in full force and haven’t looked back since.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
    • American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Ceritfication
  • Brandon Shapiro

    Owner & Coach

    Brandon is an owner & coach at Aliso CrossFit, who loves helping members achieve goals they never thought possible.

    “Helping someone who never dreamed of being able to do movements such as a pull up and then having the opportunity to help them get their first one, is one of the best feelings there is.”

    Coach Brandon grew up playing all different sports and played soccer in college.  Looking for a way to stay physically fit, Brandon found CrossFit.  “Once I started I never stopped. The accountability, camaraderie, and competitiveness had me hooked.”

    “I love making new friends every time someone walks in our door for the first time”.

    Certifications:

    • Crossfit L-1

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