MEET OUR TEAM
Our Annex Team Loves Coaching Fitness for all ages and abilities!
Meet our team of experienced coaches!
Hometown: Granite City
High School: Granite City High School
College: Souther Illinois University Edwardsville; Western Illinois
Bio: Justin is a loving husband and soon to be father. He has always played and had a passion for soccer. He attended SIUE and fulfilled his childhood dreams of becoming an All-American, leading his team to the Final Four and eventually playing professionally. While training for the pros, McMillian began coaching club soccer and individually training athletes. As word spread, McMillian soon became overwhelmed and hired more trainers and Elite FT was born and it became not only about individual training, but team training and camps. Eventually Justin’s focus switched from just soccer training to adding speed programs and fitness training. In 2010, McMillian became the General Manager of the indoor facility in Glen Carbon, The Sports Academy where he opened CrossFit 618 in 2013 with two friends, Jesse and Casey Elmore. After 2 years, CrossFit 618 closed and McMillian opened the Elite FT Training Center & Gym, on November 1st, 2014. In 2019 the gym name was changed to The Annex powered by Elite FT. Justin can be found working out in the gym a few times a week and helps with training the members and athletes. Justin also operates another gym in South Roxana called The Complex powered by Elite FT. His passion for training athletes in all aspects of sport, has created a company that offers it all.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, COACH
Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
High School: O’Fallon Township High School
College: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Sports: Soccer, cross country
Bio: Crystal is a proud mother of 2, a wife, a pharmacist, and has a passion for coaching and helping others. She played soccer most of her childhood through high school and ran Cross Country in high school and college. A soccer injury put her on the sidelines her senior year of high school, which led her to focusing more on running and studying. After college she coached youth parks and recreation soccer and club soccer for four years. She started CrossFit (ironically at CrossFit 618, which is now The Annex) in 2013. After seeing what nutrition and fitness combined did for her health, Crystal realized maybe it was time to share this with others, which led her back to taking the title of coach again. In 2016 she began coaching at a local CrossFit gym and in 2017 she also earned her NASM CPT certification. Crystal can be found at The Annex almost every day of the week working out and/or training adults, kids, or teens through functional fitness, sports performance, and personal training. For Crystal it is the greatest feeling in the world to see an athlete’s face when they finally do something they have been struggling with for weeks, months or years and to know she helped them do what they once thought was impossible. Her favorite quote is, “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.”
CrossFit Level 2 trainer certification (2017)
CrossFit Kids trainer certification (2016)
CrossFit specialty course – Rowing, Olympic Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Sports Specific Application (2017)
NASM Certified Personal Trainer (2017)
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification (2019)
Hometown: Jonesboro, IL
High School: Anna Jonesboro Community High School
College: University of Southern Mississippi; Southern Illinois Univeristy Edwardsville
Sports: Soccer, lacrosse
Bio: Born in Southern Illinois, Courtney Kendrick attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a double minor in Spanish and Psychology. While in college, Courtney excelled as an attacker for the Southern Miss Women’s Lacrosse team from 2014-2018. Courtney has coached soccer in her spare time since graduating high school. Her prior fitness experience started at Anatomies Gym in Hattiesburg, MS where she then went to Only The Elite in Schertz, TX where her internship turned into a job. Now Courtney is pursuing her Master at SIUE in Exercise and Sport Psychology. She can be found in the gym 2 to 3 days a week working out and/or coaching adults, kids, teens, and athletes. With her experience, Courtney’s primary roll is to write programs for our athletes in our Sports Performance program.
Hometown: Granite City, IL
High School: Granite City High School
College: Southwestern Illinois College
Bio: Jarod is a loving husband and father of 2 wonderful daughters. He has always had a passion for playing soccer and enjoys coaching youth soccer. He started his own fitness journey at CrossFit 618 and fell in love with CrossFit. After CrossFit 618 closed in 2014, the gym was renamed Elite FT Training Center and Gym where Jarod continued his training. He is now coaching in this gym, which is now The Annex. Jarod can be found almost every day of the week in the gym working out and one day a week coaching. His experience and passion for fitness has been a great asset to our coaching team.