Daniel is the head coach and owner of First in Flight Athetlics in Wendell, NC



Daniel Montero is the head coach, programmer, and owner of First in Flight Athletics.  A soccer aficionado since age 4, Daniel racked up many accolades in the sport, including a two-time leading scorer and all-state, regional, and conference player.  Pursuing his athletics in college at UNC-W, he found CrossFit and immediately found a new talent, quickly becoming a secondary coach while earning his degree in Exercise Science.  He has continued to increase his knowledge of the sport of fitness by attending seminars while being a head programmer and coach at his previous gym.  In 2018, however, his dream of owning his own athletic facility geared towards family, community, and reaching people right where they come to fruition in the form of several answered prayers.  Now, whenever you walk into the doors of First in Flight Athletics, you are setting foot inside our beloved Daniel’s dream-come-true.  When he’s not living his dream job, Daniel can be found bugging his wife Allison, eating and eating some more, and being spontaneous as life allows (beach, anyone?). Never wonder who he is—he’s going to meet you when you walk in—and he prides himself on making himself available to us all, no matter the need. Stop by and tell him your goals!


Allison Powell is the wife of Daniel Montero and co-owner of First in Flight.  An ECU grad with a Public Health degree, Allie has been a beast in the box since starting CrossFit three-and-a-half years ago.   On top of her own training, Allie will also be coaching boot camp classes and doing nutrition planning with our clients.  She is a big lover of local food and the great outdoors, seeking out yummy restaurants, fun hikes, and beautiful water with Duke the dog (oh, trust us, you’ll meet him too).  She’s brains, brawn and beauty and thinks the friendships she makes while helping the community become healthier and stronger are the icing on the cake


Amy Jo Almoney | Bootcamp and CrossFit Coach, LV1

Amy Jo Almoney, a loving mother of four children, has been around fitness and health her whole life. She has always loved the competitive spirit and has competed in Sprint Triathlons and Spartan races for over 12 years. She started CrossFit under Daniel’s coaching in 2015 when seeking something additional to spice up her athletic regimen. She fell in love with the movements, strength, competitiveness, and challenges CrossFit brings. These things brought her to obtain her CrossFit level 1 certification to further her knowledge. Amy Jo coaches our KidsFit classes. You can find her in the afternoons cheering on our youth and teaching them vital characteristics to succeed in not only athletics but everyday life.


Caleb Churchwell | Lead Coach, LV1

Caleb Churchwell joined First in Flight Athletics in Jan 2020. Caleb brings 5+ years of coaching experience as well as the knowledge of a lifelong athlete. Caleb was a multi-sport varsity athlete and continued his athletic endeavors into college. He wrestled 2 years at Division III school, Delaware Valley College and then finished his collegiate career wrestling for ACC Champs, NC State University.  After college Caleb entered the workforce and retreated from athletics until he had health issues in 2013. In 2013-2014 Caleb dedicated himself to fitness and nutrition and lost over 100 lbs. in 12-month period. Toward the end of his weight loss journey is when he found CrossFit. Turning to CrossFit training full time in 2015, Caleb received his L1 and began coaching and competing. In 2017 he added running to his repertoire of fitness and has a wealth of knowledge in Endurance training along side functional fitness, gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting. Caleb has completed several half marathons, full marathons, and recently has completed 2 Ultramarathons.


Justin Troche  Lead Coach, LV1


Justin Troche is a new member and new coach at First in Flight, though he is no stranger to fitness. He has been an active weightlifter, swimmer and runner since high school. He also has completed numerous Spartan races, Tough mudders and other Obstacle course races. Justin has also taught 9th and 10th grade math for the past 6 years. For those of you who don’t know, he is quite the bowler. While lifeguarding at Pullen Aquatic Center during his time at NC State, he met a well-known coach and athlete, George “Juice” Bell. This led to Justin working out at CrossFit TTG for the next 5 years. Because all he wanted to do was get better, Justin pursued his Level 1 and began shadowing under Juice to become a coach. 


Tara Boulton  |Event Coordinator 

Tara Boulton gets to combine her love for Crossfit + creative mind in the role of Event Coordinator and Social Media Specialist for First in Flight Athletics.  She grew up on the sidelines of the baseball field but always felt she lacked the athletic ability to join in.  That is until 2017 when she began Crossfit with Daniel as her Coach from day one.  Crossfit was a way to connect with her family and get active, but quickly became a place for friendship, community, and personal development.  Tara enjoys being in nature, especially the mountains, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and two sons.