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

NICOLAS DART  | Secondary Coach 

Nicolas Dart is a secondary coach and member of First in Flight athletics since it's founding in 2018.  Nick grew up taking part in various sports and activities from about the time he could talk. He played on his first soccer team at age 3, baseball team at age 4, his first football team at 5, and basketball at age 8. He was involved in organized team sports year-round, travel baseball through most springs and summer, and numerous pickup and recreational sports at any given time throughout the year.  When Nicolas was 16, he began his CrossFit journey, and with the help of Daniel and friends, he found his love for the sport. Upon graduation from high school, Nicolas joined the United States Coast Guard. His first assignment took him to Hawaii, where, without family and friends around, he poured his energy into CrossFit, perfected his skills, and developed a knack for the sport. Nicolas has strengthened his knowledge and coaching ability over the years through his experience and head coach Daniel's tutelage and leadership. On his downtime, Nick can be found loafing at the pool, continuously eating food, or taking serious hardcore snoozes in the hammock. Nick's upbeat and impulsive personality will put a smile on your face as you stroll into our gym, ensuring you constantly feel welcomed. He will precede to further his education with getting his L1 when he becomes a lead coach. 


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.


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.