Meet Our Coaches

Our coaches are experienced certified CrossFit trainers who are passionate about CrossFit, health, fitness, and the success of the members.  Their top priorities are to ensure safety with movements including giving scaling options, providing motivation during workouts, and supporting each member in his or her journey to being the fittest versions of themselves.  Join in on a class and see for yourself how great our coaches are!

Austin Newman

Co-Owner/ Head Coach

Austin grew up around the corner from the box in the Travis Country neighborhood and graduated from Austin High. He brings a breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm and passion to the box. Austin is constantly seeking out new ways to improve his knowledge and expertise as a fitness coach in order to provide an excellent training environment for members. Austin grew up playing various sports. He played collegiate soccer at Austin College and continues to play recreationally. Austin is dedicated to helping create a CrossFit community that breeds success for our members. He has the following certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Endurance and Mobility Certified, USAW Sport Performance Coach, CPR and AED certified

Becky Newman


Becky grew up in San Diego and attended the University of Redlands where she was an All-American soccer player.  She found herself in Texas for graduate school in 2009 where she met Austin and started her CrossFit journey soon thereafter.  She is not currently coaching classes, but she stays involved with the community in other ways with marketing, program development, and socializing, of course!  Becky’s day job is working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the hospital setting.  She and Austin recently had their first son, Evan, who is the future Fittest on Earth.  They also have three awesome fur babies: Sam, Dug, and Otis.  CrossFit L1 Trainer, CPR and AED certified

Chris Simmons


Chris is a Certified Crossfit Level 1 Trainer with over 3 years of Crossfit experience and over 7 years working in the fitness industry.  He has been a lifelong athlete competing in numerous sports from football, power lifting to triathlons and even playing collegiate baseball for Ouachita Baptist University.

After finishing his “athletic” career, Chris bounced around trying to fill his competitive spirit while still trying to stay active.   In early 2010 he was introduced to the sport of Crossfit and has never looked back.  He knew he had discovered the sport that would enhance his training and allow him to be a part of something that would bring people together working towards the common goal of fitness and healthy living.

William Thornton


William was a very active kid growing up. He played numerous sports throughout his childhood. After high school he pursued a career in the military.  While overseas he was convinced by a friend to try a workout named “Fran.” After that he was hooked and knew CrossFit was the fitness program for him.  William went on to attain his CrossFit Level One trainer certificate as well as his Crossfit Weightlifting Trainer certificate.  He began coaching in November 2014 at a box in Houston. Currently, William is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology at The University of Texas.  William is a firm believer in the power of fitness and community and is excited to continue his coaching career at CrossFit Oak Hill.

Elwyn Hutter


At 32 Elwyn was diagnosed with Colon Cancer about 6 weeks after him and his wife found out they would become parents. Once He made it through that challenge, he started to pay more attention to his overall fitness, but just couldn’t find a program that worked. He tried running – too boring for him to do every day. Cycling – too much of a time investment. Gym membership – solitary and without real challenge. Jiu Jitsu – just didn’t take. He needed to find something that would keep him moving forward; where the workouts were always fresh and challenging and where he could build total body fitness. Most of all, Elwyn was looking for something that would keep him healthy.

Enter Crossfit. Elwyn started Crossfit in 2011 and immediately felt the hook. The variety of workouts, incorporating weightlifting, gymnastics, running and rowing left him, for the first time, feeling strong. Since starting Crossfit he has accomplished tasks he never thought possible; half marathons, heavy lifts, fitness competitions and an almost daily sense of having accomplished something to be proud of.

As a certified Level 2 Crossfit Trainer, Elwyn’s single goal is to help others of all ages, shapes and sizes come to the same realization that he did – life is better when you are feeling fit and strong. He believes that everyone is capable of smashing personal goals and records and that the community and camaraderie that Crossfit and group fitness classes foster are a critical ingredient to doing just that.  Prior to moving to Austin in 2016, Elwyn was owner and Head Coach of CrossFit Ossining in suburban New York.  In that capacity he had the pleasure of understanding just what a strong community can be created in a CrossFit Affiliate.  

Nothing would make Elwyn happier than to meet you and discuss your goals and how we can help you meet them. Let’s have some fun!!

Jess Buxton

Nutrition Coach

Jess’s passion for fitness and nutrition began in 2012 when she moved from her home state of Missouri to New Mexico with her husband Andrew. Looking for a way to get active and meet people, they decided to try Crossfit. While apprehensive at first because she had no background in sports or training, she quickly became hooked on the challenge and community. Not only that, the sport taught her to appreciate her body for what it could do and not just the way it looked.

Looking for more energy in and out of the gym, Jess made nutrition more of a focus and began experimenting with Zone, Paleo, and Keto approaches. She struggled to find balance with all of the “yes/no” foods lists, however, and inevitably “fell off the wagon” with these restrictive diets. It wasn’t until she started counting macros that she realized that she could eat for health, performance, aesthetics, and enjoyment in a sustainable way.

Now 5 years into CrossFit, she has recently completed her nutrition coaching certification. She is excited to transition from teaching high school chemistry and biology to sharing her passion for flexible dieting and empowering others to view food as fuel for living a happy, healthy life!

Outside of the gym, you can find Jess in the kitchen cooking healthy meals, reading, and spending lots of time with her husband, pup Betsy, and their awesome group of friends in Austin.

Accomplishments: B.S. Biology, University of Missouri, Precision Nutrition Level 1, Crossfit Level 1