Our coaches double as trainers and role models. Each coach has valuable sports experience, and is ready to transform you, or your child, to the highest athletic level possible. BlackWatch is unlike any other fitness training facility in that it has a team of coaches that not only know your goals, but also your name! We take a personal interest in your progress. Your aspirations become our goals.
- Randy Beckham
CEO/FounderA longtime athlete and entrepreneur, Randy Beckham saw a need for a cutting-edge athletic training outlet that provides a holistic approach to wellness and fitness. “Athletics has had a significant impact upon my professional career, as well as my life as a person and a parent,” said Randy, who participated in collegiate athletics at Troy University and has 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare, sports and wellness marketplaces. Through providing an all-inclusive athletic outlet, Randy said he hopes BlackWatch Sports becomes a positive place to build better people.
- Micahel Mitchell
General ManagerMichael Mitchell was once told the key to getting ahead is to “not allow your high moments to take you too high and don’t allow your low moments to take you too low. You have to keep a level head and always be ready for the next play.” That mantra has served him well, and is something he sticks by today. Through his management role at Blackwatch, Michael aids in building strength through purpose-driven character building. “Being involved in sports provides athletes the ability to experience challenging and rewarding situations and as a result, we learn how to handle adversity,” he says. “It’s important in today’s society to know within yourself who you are and stay true to your character.” Michael is here to walk alongside you in your fitness journey, encouraging you every step of the way.
- Simeon Castille
Director of Athletic PerformanceHailing from Birmingham, Simeon has had an outstanding football career. After graduating from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Simeon played football for the Alabama Crimson Tide and then signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has also been a member of the San Diego Chargers, Florida Tuskers and Minnesota Vikings. Through his hard work and depth of experience, Simeon has become a great addition to the Blackwatch team. His goal is to help athletes tap into their inner strength, and use that to reach their goals. “My focus is working with the Blackwatch athletes and getting the most out of them — setting goals and crushing them," Simeon said.
- Taylor Kelley
Director of OperationsTaylor Kelley remembers many of his athletic coaches from childhood — and he hopes to have the same positive impact on others that he had from his coaches. Taylor started playing sports at age five, and has had a love for athletics ever since. “Some great coaches have made a huge impact on my life, and I want to do the same for kids today,” said Kelley, who is from Hoover, Alabama.
- Steven RushingDirector of Camps and EventsHailing from Tiptonville, Tennessee, Steven firmly believes that athletics have the power to teach life lessons such as the value of hard work and effort, as well as how to work with a team and overcome obstacles. "I believe in Blackwatch because of the combined experience of the staff as well as the teaching and coaching methodology we use," Steven says. "All of our members are becoming better, healthier versions of themselves." Steven's role encompasses overseeing camps and events for the facility. He makes sure everyone who walks through the door has a great experience, and ultimately comes back. "The only thing you can control is your effort," he says. "So don't fuss over things that don't go your way. Go out there and play the game. Give it your best effort and things will work out."
- Markia Robinson
Sports Performance CoachMarkia has been involved in team-oriented sports since she was 5 years old. She started with playing soccer for 12 years and then switched to track and field for 8 years. She decided to become a coach in order to instill the same lessons in others that she learned as an athlete. "Playing sports has taught me discipline and patience, which are all traits that I believe lead to a successful life on and off the field," she says. The best piece of advice she's ever been given came from a former coach — “don’t ever let anyone tell you there is something that you cannot do." She was told several times growing up that she would not make it very far as an athlete because of the health problems she struggled with since age 14, but that never slowed her down. She continued to work hard and was able to finish with a collegiate career.