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Coaches 2017-12-14T19:42:03+00:00

Emily Higuchi Justice 

Emily Higuchi Justice was originally from the sunny side of California, raised in bluegrass of Kentucky, and finally set her roots in good ol’ rocky top. She’s an adrenaline seeking junky and enjoys skydiving in Hawaii, horseback riding on an open range, whitewater rafting down the Gauley River, and piggy wrestling when the time calls for it. Since she began at CFKT in 2014 she’s grown to love the Olympic lifts, and she can often be found at the Olympic lifting class on Thursday nights. Additionally, Emily has completed different types of races such as the Tough Mudder in Kentucky and a GORUCK (Class 1086) in Indiana further solidifying her adventurous essence!

Kyle Baisley

Kyle, a former competitive golfer and RE/MAX World Long Drive competitor, started CrossFit in 2008 in a quest to find functional fitness after joining the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Training Unit. Kyle quickly discovered the benefits of the CrossFit methodology when applied to law enforcement tactics, firearms training, and mindset. Since joining CFKT, Kyle has been a staple in the early morning crowd as an athlete and as a coach and now leads some of the 5:00 AM sessions.

Kyle has been married to his wife, Mandy since 2007 and has one child, Nolan, who was born in 2013. Kyle attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina for his undergraduate degree and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2008. Kyle is now a practicing business attorney with the law firm of Long, Ragsdale & Waters, P.C. and continues to be a part of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy staff, where he focuses on legal and force-on-force training.

Mark Lane

Mark Lane brings enthusiasm and knowledge to the CrossFit Ktown team, but above all he brings an air of positivity. Often referred to as Good People Man, he uses his talents for good, never evil, for the benefit of those around him. From a childhood spent playing team sport to 15 years of competitive rugby, Mark loves to work with others and help them enjoy being active. He has been part of the CrossFit Ktown community for over 5 years, and holds a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and CrossFit Rowing certificate. His desire to continually grow as a coach, paired with life experiences, makes Mark an approachable person to share countless tips and tidbits with members. In addition to helping people within the gym, Mark is a US Air Force veteran and currently serves his community as a Senior Firefighter for the City of Knoxville Fire Department.

Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

Her approach may be considered tough love, but Samantha Lane will help you accomplish a goal.  Whether it be developing a new skill or defining a new food plan, Samantha’s approach of discipline and “bite-size pieces” will get you there. After years of playing competitive sports, Samantha found herself in a full-time desk job without a team. In January 2010, she discovered CrossFit Ktown and found her fitness family.  Aside from being passionate about Olympic lifting, she believes that activity, healthy eating, and overall wellness should be at the core of everyone’s life. In fact, you will often find her pushing members to major milestones in the CFKT CORE program. Outside of the gym, she is involved with various philanthropic endeavors and helps non-traditional students pursue an education through her role at King University. With a BA in Public Relations, a Master in Business Administration, and a CF-L1, the best thing she has learned is to take the staircase one step at a time.

Courtney Dunnavant

Courtney has been dismantling WODs at CFKT for half a decade now. She brings a competitive fire to the coaching staff – even while baking baby Avery for 9 months! When Courtney isn’t training in the gym she is with her husband, Todd, and two boys Braden and Tyler. Her passion is helping ladies achieve strength and fitness that they didn’t know they had in them. Courtney is always ready to help anyone reach their fitness goals whether they be a mom of three trying to find time to workout or a young UT student trying to up her CrossFit game!

Dave Parmly


Dave was born in 1959, so he’s been around longer than most of the other coaches.  Dave came to CF by a wandering path but found a home at CF KTown.    Dave, 3X a father and now a grandfather, has spent over 5 decades on earth, the last 30 years of which have been spent trying many things to get or stay in shape, with mostly lesser success.  Dave credits CF Ktown with being the place he is laying down a foundation of health for the second half of his life.  Dave loves to engage CFKT’s older members, encouraging them to look beyond what others are doing, and focusing on getting better right where they are in life.  Dave has plenty of mobility limitations, impingements and goats that remind him of how much work is ahead of him, so he can empathize with those like him, no matter how young or old.  As an ex-Ranger, he still feels bound by the Creed that says that, “…as a Ranger, my country expects to move further, faster and to fight harder than any other soldier.”  The fight Dave is trying to help people prepare for now is just living life to the fullest.

Grant Scalf

Grant Scalf

Grant is the owner of CrossFit Ktown. He has been coaching athletes since 2003 and began personally training clients in 2005. As a former University of Tennessee student in Exercise Physiology, he is passionate about exercise and its role in our society today. Grant brings a wide range of thorough knowledge to Ktown: CrossFit Level 1, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance and Club coach, CF Nutrition, CF Movement and Mobility, CF Barbell, NSCA-CPT, and OPT-CCP modules (ongoing as of 2015). Grant is also active in the Knoxville community as he is the President of a Knoxville-based non-profit called Knox Creeks, where he really enjoys giving back to the community and environment that has helped shape him.

Michelle Smith

Michelle J. Smith is a Public Health graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to her move to Knoxville in 2013, Michelle served as a middle school teacher and basketball coach in Columbia, South Carolina. It was in Columbia where she was introduced to CrossFit to help her balance the rigors of teaching and being a graduate student at the University of South Carolina. Michelle has been doing CrossFit for four years, and in 2013 she received her Level 1 CrossFit Certificate.  She enjoys watching people strive to become better versions of themselves and is honored to have this opportunity to coach at Crossfit Ktown.

Chris Winstead


Christopher Joel Winstead is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee by way of a degree in Electrical Engineering, and in his free time endeavors to apply the systematic approach he has spent the last four years honing to his pursuits in weightlifting. His efforts have led him to qualifying totals for University Weightlifting Nationals in the 85kg and 94kg classes, where he competed alongside such illustrious names as Kendrick Farris (ok, maybe he just saw him there once). Currently, he can be found furthering his education in the graduate program at UT and helping members in their efforts to relocate the barbell from floor to overhead in CrossFit Ktown’s weightlifting class.