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Co-Founder & Head Coach

Name: Justin Cotler

Pronouns: he/him

Instagram: @justincotler


Justin, first and foremost, is husband to his better half, Ashley, and father to Ivy and Jaxson. He's the founder, co-owner, and Head Coach of Underdogs Athletics. Justin has coached multiple CrossFit Games teams and individuals over the last 13 years, and is on a very short list of those who have coached a male and female to a podium finish at the Games (Ricky Garard, Kari Pearce). He is also currently the USAFF (United States Functional Fitness) National Team Head Coach, and was the head coach of the 2x NPGL champion DC Brawlers, being named NPGL Coach of the Year in 2014. 

Prior to his fitness coaching career, Justin was a successful recording artist for 10 years under the stage name of Justyn Matthew, and you can still find his album on Spotify and ITunes. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was captain of the UPenn Golf Team and sang for the a cappella group The Inspiration.  He loves rock climbing and is a maniacal Miami Hurricanes fan. 

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