Stronghold Pride – Athlete of the Month: December 2015 : Nick Wyllie

Stronghold Pride – Athlete of the Month: December 2015 : Nick Wyllie

December 1, 2015
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Nick WyllieDear Mr. Regno,

My name is Nicholas Wyllie and I am currently a senior studying Kinesiology at Michigan Sate University. I plan on moving to California in the fall and I am looking for a Crossfit internship to start in late August or September 2015. The internship will help me finish my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, minor in Health promotion. I expect to complete my degree by December 2015.

I have been a life long athlete. I was an All-American swimmer in high school and continued my career as an NCAA Division one scholar athlete at East Carolina University from 2011-2012. I discovered CrossFit through my personal training internship at State of Fitness in 2014 after years of conventional body building type training. CrossFit informed me of entirely new aspects of fitness that I immediately applied to my self and my friends. The results were unparalleled. I received my CrossFit Level-1 certification in December of 2014. And I am very excited to explore a career as a CrossFit coach.

I discovered your box through my research and I believe I will make a great fit to your community. Your vast knowledge and unique background from doing CrossFit for so long is something I believe I can truly learn from.

I look forward to talking to you about this opportunity. Attached you will find my résumé.

11 months ago, I got this random email that I’m sure I almost deleted without reading. I do that with hundreds of emails a day. But for whatever reason, I stopped and read this particular message. According to the time stamps, I let it simmer for a while before responding. I didn’t know what to do with it, honestly. I get emails like this pretty often and they never amount to anything. I was open to the possibility, but wasn’t expecting too much. As the year progressed, though, I continued to get follow up emails. And then a few months ago here he was.

When Nick arrived, I still wasn’t exactly sure what to do with him. Most of the time I have potential interns come in for a day or two so I can size them up and then decide if they are worth the investment to taking them on. But Nick came sight unseen all the way from Michigan. Initially I saw it as a calculated risk bringing in someone I had never met, but for Nick the risk was much bigger. Thankfully, he was all in from the get go; the kid was committed.

It’s been 3 months now since Nick has been with us, and I can say hands down, he is one of the hardest working individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Both as a coach and as an athlete, Nick is humble, extremely coachable, and is constantly hustling to improve and to continue learning and growing. Nick has decided to stay here in San Diego indefinitely and I’m excited to have him as part of the team.

Please join me in honoring the Athlete of the Month for December 2015: Nick Wyllie.

-Ray

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