Meet the CrossFit Coaches


At EVF Performance CrossFit, our coaches go above and beyond the call of duty. They’re highly skilled and highly educated professionals devoted to providing expert training. With years of experience under the belts, you get the best from the best. For them, coaching isn’t a job — it’s a way of life.
  • Colin Gray

    General Manager

    Colin, EVF’s General Manager, has been with EVF since 2014. And when you meet him, you can tell that  he has a genuine lust for life. “I feel that it’s prudent and necessary to be passionate about anything you involve yourself in. For me, that would be helping people, lifting weights, writing music, reading, and eating!” Colin went to school to become a physical therapist but quickly realized he needed a change of pace.

    “I prefer working with people before they get injured. That way you can teach them proper habits to avoid needing a physical therapist in the first place.”

    For this reason, Colin works with a lot of our younger students (kids ages 8-17), as well as some of our more competitive athletes.

    Favorite Quote: “Don’t let that weight be heavy.” 

    This applies not only in the gym, but also with any mental or emotional weight we choose to carry with us on a daily basis. If it’s not heavy, you can lift it.


    • CrossFit Level 1
    • NASM CPT
  • Matt Chassot

    Head Coach

    Meet Coach Matt Chassot! Matt Has been doing CrossFit since 2015 and before that he played Basketball for 14 years, then Rugby and even ran a couple marathons! He’s passionate about progress both in finding new ways to improve himself or to get his athletes to move more efficiently. “That is why I love CrossFit and fitness so much: There is always something to improve on!”

    He’s excited to join us and remarks that EVF is a community that welcomes everyone, of all backgrounds, experience and abilities.

    Despite what some might think: He’s not from Germany and no, he is not Prince Harry!

    Favorite Quote: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – That’s why we recommend it daily.”


    • Crossfit Level 2
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1
    • Crossfit Strongman
    • Power Athlete Level 1
  • Cynthia Haeler

    Saying that it would be hard to find somebody with as many accomplishments as Coach Cynthia is an understatement. In addition to having more than 10 years of CrossFit under her belt, Cynthia played Rugby in the Women’s Premiere League Rugby during 2012-2018 and was part of 2017-2018 player pool selection of the USA National Rugby Team!

    Her passion for strength and conditioning got her to try competing in the sport of Strongman. She won the Wodapalooza Strong Competition in 2020, and competed in several other Strongman events, including both the Pro Women’s Worlds and Strongman United States Nationals (2017: HWW181, 2019: MWW165).

    She also ran the 2023 Martha’s Vineyard Marathon. Here are a few other things Coach Cynthia wanted to share:

    I’ve been sober since 2014. I met my wife in CrossFit! We have a daughter who was born on New Years Eve in 2021, and a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Loki. I love reading and will take/give any and all book recommendations. I can tell you my favorite ice cream shop in most major U.S. cities.

    What do you enjoy about working at EVF? – I know I’m at home when I’ve found a community that’s as crazy about working out as I am.

    What’s your favorite quote? – ‘Progress, not perfection.’

    What are you passionate about? – My family and my friends.


    • CrossFit L2
    • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
    • CrossFit Strongman
  • Chris Catan

    Chris was a competitive baseball player growing up and through college. He attended a DII school, Franklin Peirce University in New Hampshire. His interest in CrossFit started around 2013. The following year, he made it official and joined his first CrossFit gym.
    From there, he did not look back. From competition to coaching CrossFit, weighlifting, and rowing, he added a few notable milestone to his curriculum: Won the 89 kg class of weightlifting at the 2019 Battle of the Crows open, placed 97th in the work and 7th in the region in the CrossFit Team Series 2018 are just two of his great recent performances.
    Aside from being Vegan since 2014, Chris is also an avid fan of craft beers. Be sure to ask him for recommendations at the next EVF social night.
    Favorite Quote:Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
    • Active Life Seminar
  • Matt Bronson

    While attending high school, Matt successfully juggled ice hockey, skiing and tennis. “I continued to follow the yellow brick road, which led me to my life’s work. Following a 17-plus-year career on Wall Street, I got the opportunity of a lifetime: One that led me to use my skills to help others improve their lives.”

    As a coach, Matt wants his athletes to give their best THAT day, moving well and pushing beyond mental and physical limitations.


    • CrossFit Kids
    • CrossFit Level 2
  • Divya Govindasamy

    Divya moved to New York from Sri Lanka, where she grew up. She qualified for the Nationals in Olympic Weightlifting in Sri Lanka.
    She was twice the Western Province Olympic Weightlifting Champion in Sri Lanka. She naturally fell into CrossFit in 2018 as a way to complement her high skills in weightlifting.

    What do you enjoy about working at EVF? – The community! Everyone is easy going and able to get support and attention from the coaches when needed.

    What’s your favorite quote? – ‘If you want something bad enough, you will make it happen, whether it takes a year or a decade – and you really only live once!’

    What are you passionate about? – I am passionate about Olympic Weightlifting. My dream is to represent my home country – Sri Lanka. I just moved to New York, chasing my goals and CrossFit has always been with me and given me purpose.


    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Wayne Glass

    Meet Wayne, another CrossFit OG, and another amazing coach in the team! Wayne started CrossFit in 2014, but his passion for fitness and health goes way back. Prior to CrossFit, Wayne was a long-distance runner and ran Cross Country and Track. He earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education, and is pursuing finishing second graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling. If you are looking for any help or support along your fitness journey, you have found another fantastic coach! Here are a few other things Coach Wayne wanted to share:

    What do you enjoy about working at EVF? – Having an opportunity to work with an array of athletes and athletic abilities.

    What’s your favorite quote? – ‘For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?’Bell Hooks

    What are you passionate about? – Holistic wellness (i.e., mind, body, spirit), coffee as a necessity and a hobby, helping others through emotional, cognitive, and physical fears, trials, and tribulations, and aiding in the development of integrating fitness as a key component of life-long wellness


    • CrossFit Level 2
    • Adaptive Training Certification
  • Nim Dhillon

    It wasn’t until Nim had been doing CrossFit for about 5 years that the bug really bit her, and she realized she wanted to be more involved in the sport and its community. It was during the pandemic that she also decided she needed a change of pace and wanted a more active lifestyle, and job. She developed an interest in coaching, and subsequently earned her L1 Certification in November 2021. Since then, she has continued to hone her craft, and is constantly working to develop both her coaching skills and her own abilities in the gym. Nim started at EVF in June 2022, and loves being able to help people improve their technique, learn new skills, and discover that they can do so much more than they originally thought.



    • CrossFit L-1
    • CrossFit "Spot the Flaw" Certificate
  • Hector Lopez

    Hector has been coaching at EVF since 2021, and if you have been around the gym for a short while and worked out with him, you know that you don’t want to mess around with him when it comes to lifting weight! He grew up playing Baseball and practicing boxing, yet, despite all of this, is one of the sweetest person at the gym.

    Hector lives nearby, so if you see him in the street walking his dogs, be sure to say hi!

    What do you enjoy about working at EVF? – The people! EVF gave me a community when I moved to the Upper East Side. Now it has become like a second home where I know I’ll always see a friend when I come workout.

    What’s your favorite quote? – ‘Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t’ – Jerry Rice

    What are you passionate about? – Weightlifting, both for strength and for longevity. I love to see people get strong and move weights they never thought they would.


    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Katie Johnston

    The not-so-long-ago young Katie was a division 1 soccer player and threw the javelin. She played for the College of William and Mary and ended up winning 3 times the conference championship in the javelin as well as the freshman record holder.

    Katie did her fifth year at Rutgers and took home 2nd at the BIG Ten conference championship. She was also awarded the MVP title for the 2017 season. Since then, she has been working out and competing in local CrossFit competitions. She began coaching CrossFit in 2019.

    What do you enjoy about working at EVF? – I love the community! The athletes and coaches who show up day in and day out are really motivating and keep everyone accountable. The best part of the workouts are obviously when they are over lol, but the smiles and high fives shared with my peers make the workouts ten times better.

    What’s your favorite quote? – ‘Nothing to it but to do it’ – Ronnie Coleman

    What are you passionate about? – I am passionate about promoting fitness as a means for preventing chronic diseases prevalent in today’s society like cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. I love the ideologies of CrossFit because they perfectly exemplify how fitness should be: functional fitness to promote longevity throughout life. The best way to treat these chronic diseases is prevention through education and physical fitness.


    • CrossFit Level 1
    • BS in kinesiology from The College of William and Mary
    • Masters of Biomedical Science from Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Science
    • Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Cornell University 


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