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J.D. is a native of Black Forest, CO and a 21 year combat veteran in the U.S. Army. J.D. discovered Starting Strength in 2018 while deployed to Afghanistan, and as his strength increased the daily pain from several service-related injuries began to dissipate. Inspired by his personal experience with strength training, J.D. began coaching Soldiers and Officers across the Army as he traveled from assignment to assignment. In 2022,, J.D. decided to apply his passion for coaching and strength training to his retirement plan and began development of Starting Strength Colorado Springs. J.D. served as an apprentice coach at Starting Strength Orlando and worked as a staff coach at Starting Strength Denver prior to opening the Colorado Springs location. A lifelong athlete, J.D. still plays and coaches Ice Hockey in Colorado Springs.