Sara Mass: Owner, Head Coach
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
Specialty CrossFit Certifications:
Sara has been an avid CrossFitter since 2009, and was immediately hooked. She was first introduced to the sport by her brother, Jerry Hill, owner of CrossFit OldTown in Alexandria, VA and 2014 CrossFit Games Master Athlete. The siblings like to joke that “it’s in their blood.” Since she started CrossFit, she qualified for and competed in the CrossFit Games Northeast Regional Competition for four consecutive years, where she placed impressively and where she often competed against women in their early 20s. She brings her love of CrossFit to those around her, and her passion for the sport is infectious. She has a solid knowledge of CrossFit movements and form, and has earned numerous specialty certifications. Sara motivates others to reach their personal best both in CrossFit and all aspects of life. She is especially committed to ensuring the safety of those she coaches.
Sarah Walsh: Deputy Head Coach
CrossFit Level 1
Certified BirthFit Coach
Specialty CrossFit Certification:
Coach Sarah’s CrossFit story is a simple one: Girl meets CrossFit. Girl loves CrossFit. Girl gets certificate to coach CrossFit. What this modest coach likely won’t tell you is that Girl goes on to change people’s lives as a coach.
Coach Sarah started CrossFit in the fall of 2012, and shortly after earned her Level 1 in the spring of 2013, where she then trained under Brad Cardoza, a Division 1 athlete, professional strong man competitor, strength and conditioning coach for over 20 years, and owner of CrossFit New Bedford.
Sarah holds a specialty certification in Olympic Lifting, and has experience as a strength and conditioning coach for a teen softball team, as well as experience coaching CrossFit Kids, which she did under CrossFit New Bedford’s programming.
She believes her love of the sport actually makes her a better coach than an athlete. She understands the struggle, the fight, and the frustration to learn a movement, to improve a skill; she didn’t walk into the gym with pull-ups, toes to bar, or a 300lb deadlift. She personally saw how CrossFit improved her life, recovered old injuries, and connected her to an incredible community. Well before she was a coach, she was an EMT for 9 years. This was a job she loved and was passionate about, but her career was cut short due to an injury. She has found the same passion coaching CrossFit, and loves walking into the gym and learning from other athletes. She loves the moment that a movement clicks, a bad day turns around, and someone hits a new PR. Whether an elite athlete takes :14 off their Fran time, a new mom gets back to her pre-pregnancy back squat, or a 75 year old man is able to squat below parallel, she is equally excited for all gains.
Coach Sarah joined CrossFit Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2014, and was promoted to Deputy Head Coach in February 2016 for her commitment, skill, and dedication to CrossFit and to CFMV.