Darrel's athletic career started from the young age of 8 where he was involved in a number of athletics ranging from ball sports to running to aquatics - mainly being successful in Track and Field where he was a D1 recruit and Olympic Trialist. After an injury prevented Darrel's enrollment as a student-athlete at a PAC-12 school, he enlisted into the military to go through one of the Department of Defense's toughest Special Operations pipelines. Darrel went and found the parallel between strength & conditioning and the success that it brought to the fight against the bad guys - this is where his coaching and competition career in CrossFit began. Darrel was offered a job to be a subject matter expert (SME) for the CrossFit Seminar Staff and taught seminars all around the world - primarily specializing in endurance sports, programming, methodology, and movement recognition. After full emersion into the CrossFit realm, Darrel then opened up his own non-profit CrossFit affiliate in Southern New Mexico where he was stationed for just over three years before relocating to Phoenix.