About Our Coaches

These are the people who make Slate work

JARED PUTMAN

Head Coach and Affiliate Owner

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Mobility and Movement

CrossFit Gymnastics
USAW – Club Coach

Ed.D in Sport and Performance Psychology from UWS (exp. 2018)


“I discovered CrossFit in 2010 when I was in pursuit of a graduate degree in counseling. I quickly fell in love with the challenge, the camaraderie, and how it allowed me to nerd out on the movements. I realized very quickly, I could apply my previous experiences as an educator and as a therapist to help people as a coach and I’ve been coaching ever since.

I believe that for many people exercise is fraught with anxious questions such as “Am I wasting my time?” “Am I doing this right?” “Will I ever hit my goals?.” Slate is built to answer these questions.

As a coach, I’m dedicated to having a blast, learning, laughing, sweating and improving every day. I love seeing that moment when a client not only learns perform a movement well, but also when they go from being intimidated by fitness and exercise to loving what their body is capable of.

As the owner of Slate, I am dedicated to constantly improving your experience within our doors. I’m proud of our humble beginnings and excited to see us continue to grow. Come be a part of the fun and you won’t regret it (in fact you’ll wish you’d started earlier!)”

JARED PUTMAN

Head Coach and Affiliate Owner

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Mobility and Movement

CrossFit Gymnastics
USAW – Club Coach

Ed.D in Sport and Performance Psychology from UWS (exp. 2018)


“I discovered CrossFit in 2010 when I was in pursuit of a graduate degree in counseling. I quickly fell in love with the challenge, the camaraderie, and how it allowed me to nerd out on the movements. I realized very quickly, I could apply my previous experiences as an educator and as a therapist to help people as a coach and I’ve been coaching ever since.

I believe that for many people exercise is fraught with anxious questions such as “Am I wasting my time?” “Am I doing this right?” “Will I ever hit my goals?.” Slate is built to answer these questions.

As a coach, I’m dedicated to having a blast, learning, laughing, sweating and improving every day. I love seeing that moment when a client not only learns perform a movement well, but also when they go from being intimidated by fitness and exercise to loving what their body is capable of.

As the owner of Slate, I am dedicated to constantly improving your experience within our doors. I’m proud of our humble beginnings and excited to see us continue to grow. Come be a part of the fun and you won’t regret it (in fact you’ll wish you’d started earlier!)”

DEREK RYALS

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
BA in Integrated Studies: Health and Fitness from SPU (exp. 2018)
Derek is our longest tenured coach here at Slate. He is a phenomenal coach who is knowledgable, friendly, witty, and caring.

As a former Army Medic, Derek brings a keen eye towards your movement, and is an effective guide in developing movements and skills in clients from all skill levels.

As a full time student of exercise physiology and education at SPU, Derek is in this for the long haul and has firmly entrenched himself as a coach who invests in educating himself in the best techniques and practices to ensure your experience at Slate is a positive one.

DEREK RYALS

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
BA in Integrated Studies: Health and Fitness from SPU (exp. 2018)
Derek is our longest tenured coach here at Slate. He is a phenomenal coach who is knowledgable, friendly, witty, and caring.

As a former Army Medic, Derek brings a keen eye towards your movement, and is an effective guide in developing movements and skills in clients from all skill levels.

As a full time student of exercise physiology and education at SPU, Derek is in this for the long haul and has firmly entrenched himself as a coach who invests in educating himself in the best techniques and practices to ensure your experience at Slate is a positive one.

JOHN PATTY

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

John is our newest coach, having been a client at Slate for two years. He approached us as wanting to step into a bigger role and is filling the shoes out well.

As someone who has started lifting and exercise at Slate, John is keenly aware of what it is like to begin from “square one” and to need patience, consistency, and support to see improvement. If you have questions about how to start, tips and tricks, and what you should focus on during your first few months, John is your guy!

JOHN PATTY

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

John is our newest coach, having been a client at Slate for two years. He approached us as wanting to step into a bigger role and is filling the shoes out well.

As someone who has started lifting and exercise at Slate, John is keenly aware of what it is like to begin from “square one” and to need patience, consistency, and support to see improvement. If you have questions about how to start, tips and tricks, and what you should focus on during your first few months, John is your guy!

JOSIE D'AQUANNO

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Josie is a recently relocated from California and she says she loves all the rain, grey skies, and cool weather, and we think she is crazy. In addition she really loves barbells, her boyfriend and her two cats.

Josie is something special. She is a sparkplug of energy and can light up a class with her smile and passion. She also is a quick learner and will help hold you to what you are capable of.

When it comes to her skills on coaching the powerlifting moves, she is right at the top. Our most seasoned clients with years of experience are constantly picking her brain on technique and tips to improve. Come learn from her and learn to feel comfortable squatting, lifting and pressing a barbell whether its the first time or the thousandth.

JOSIE D'AQUANNO

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Josie is a recently relocated from California and she says she loves all the rain, grey skies, and cool weather, and we think she is crazy. In addition she really she loves barbells, her boyfriend and her two cats.

Josie is something special. She is a sparkplug of energy and can light up a class with her smile and passion. She also is a quick learner and will help hold you to what you are capable of.

When it comes to her skills on coaching the powerlifting moves, she is right at the top. Our most seasoned clients with years of experience are constantly picking her brain on technique and tips to improve. Come learn from her and learn to feel comfortable squatting, lifting and pressing a barbell whether its the first time or the thousandth.

BILL POLA

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Gymnastics
I often will use the phrase “Bill is Bill.” He is a unique character and a unique coach. 
Get to know Bill and you’ll learn that he was a band manager for some famous bands “back in the day.” He’ll probably tell you about his two kids and how one loves CrossFit and the other is taking some convincing. More importantly he’ll tell you about his experience using CrossFit to not only maintain his health, but to improve it.

Bill is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard where is actually a battalion commander. He has also been an educator at UW working with ROTC students. His balanced background as a leader and a teacher shine during his classes at Slate. Above all he is a dedicated CrossFit coach who loves rowing, teaching and working with clients from many backgrounds.

BILL POLA

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Gymnastics
I often will use the phrase “Bill is Bill.” He is a unique character and a unique coach. 
Get to know Bill and you’ll learn that he was a band manager for some famous bands “back in the day.” He’ll probably tell you about his two kids and how one loves CrossFit and the other is taking some convincing. More importantly he’ll tell you about his experience using CrossFit to not only maintain his health, but to improve it.

Bill is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard where is actually a battalion commander. He has also been an educator at UW working with ROTC students. His balanced background as a leader and a teacher shine during his classes at Slate. Above all he is a dedicated CrossFit coach who loves rowing, teaching and working with clients from many backgrounds.

BUIFORD MARTIN

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 

NSCA – CPT
First off. Buiford has a nickname. We learned this a couple of months ago. “Big Sexy” is an apparent self-moniker and once it was said once, it stuck. So know that.
Buiford is local high school wrestler (Cleveland HS) who continues to coach and be active in the wrestling community. He discovered CrossFit as a way to continue staying in shape and soon after became a CrossFit coach.
A client once told me that Buiford has a way of bringing excitement and energy to the building in a way that no other coach can here. He puts a smile on my face everytime I take his class. In addition to an infectious energy, Buiford is a technically gifted and knowledgeable coach who helps clients improve daily.
Buiford was recently accepted into EWU’s Exercise and Sport Science program and will be attending this fall.

BUIFORD MARTIN

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 

NSCA – CPT
First off. Buiford has a nickname. We learned this a couple of months ago. “Big Sexy” is an apparent self-moniker and once it was said once, it stuck. So know that.
Buiford is local high school wrestler (Cleveland HS) who continues to coach and be active in the wrestling community. He discovered CrossFit as a way to continue staying in shape and soon after became a CrossFit coach.
A client once told me that Buiford has a way of bringing excitement and energy to the building in a way that no other coach can here. He puts a smile on my face everytime I take his class. In addition to an infectious energy, Buiford is a technically gifted and knowledgeable coach who helps clients improve daily.
Buiford was recently accepted into EWU’s Exercise and Sport Science program and will be attending this fall.

ALLISON KING

Olympic Weightlifting Coach
Allison King is a CrossFit OG. She started out doing CrossFit at the very first affiliate (then called CrossFit North) and immediately fell in love with it as an exercise program and as a sport. She would continue on, improving over the years to qualify for The CrossFit Games in Carson, CA both as a individual competitor and as a team member.
CrossFit also served as her introduction into the world of Olympic Weightlifting. She is both an accomplished athlete and a gifted coach in this technical world. Her classes are difficult and challenging, but her expertise and knowledge will help you improve quickly and consistently.
Allison is a full-time firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department, a full-time mother of two and wife of a doctoral student. Her dedication and ability to juggle her busy schedule is both admirable and inspiring

ALLISON KING

Olympic Weightlifting Coach
Allison King is a CrossFit OG. She started out doing CrossFit at the very first affiliate (then called CrossFit North) and immediately fell in love with it as an exercise program and as a sport. She would continue on, improving over the years to qualify for The CrossFit Games in Carson, CA both as a individual competitor and as a team member.
CrossFit also served as her introduction into the world of Olympic Weightlifting. She is both an accomplished athlete and a gifted coach in this technical world. Her classes are difficult and challenging, but her expertise and knowledge will help you improve quickly and consistently.
Allison is a full-time firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department, a full-time mother of two and wife of a doctoral student. Her dedication and ability to juggle her busy schedule is both admirable and inspiring

CLAY BRADEN

Slate Competitive Team Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics
USAW – Club Coach
Recently relocated from the Asia Region in the CrossFit world, Clay has served as an anchor for three of CrossFit Asia’s Regional Teams (2014, 2015, 2016). Clay currently serves as the head coach and programmer for Slate’s Competitive team. Calm, cool and collected, you’ll likely find him doing some ridiculous number of HSPU or T2B.

CLAY BRADEN

Slate Competitive Team Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Gymnastics
USAW – Club Coach
Recently relocated from the Asia Region in the CrossFit world, Clay has served as an anchor for three of CrossFit Asia’s Regional Teams (2014, 2015, 2016). Clay currently serves as the head coach and programmer for Slate’s Competitive team. Calm, cool and collected, you’ll likely find him doing some ridiculous number of HSPU or T2B.

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If you are interested in coming in and trying a workout with us at Slate, shoot us a message and we will get enrolled in a free trial class!

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If you are interested in coming in and trying a workout with us at Slate, shoot us a message and we will get enrolled in a free trial class!

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