SoCo Athletics has one of the most experienced and accomplished coaching staffs anywhere- from competitive CrossFit to Weightlifting, Collegiate Sports to Elite Multisport, and everything in between- we’ve probably been there, and we can show you how to do it. We live for goal crushing, and pour our energy and expertise in to every workout and coaching opportunity we can.


Daren Endsley- Coach

Daren, an Austin native, moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M University. He holds a BS in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and is a CrossFit Level 1 (L-1) and Level 2 (L-2) certified coach. He is also a certified USA Triathlon Level 1 coach.

Daren is a former CrossFit Seminar Staff instructor. He has coached and trained dozens of athletes who have competed in multiple Ironman races and CrossFit competitions. This summer Daren competed his ninth Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid, New York in July 2018. Daren is a Lululemon Athletica brand ambassador and a graduate of the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Brazos program.

Daren is an avid traveler, amateur photographer, and car enthusiast. He and his wife Kristen live in College Station with their three dogs Peach, Piper and Brodie.

Keaton Hickman- Coach

Coach. Keaton is a native of Houston and is currently attending Texas A&M University.

Keaton is a CrossFit Level 1 (L-1) certified coach.

Sara Urban- Coach + Gym Manager

Sara was born in Oklahoma, but she has called Texas (and College Station) home for most of her life. Sara is a graduate of Blinn College in Bryan, and she is a CrossFit Level 1 (L-1) and Level 2 (L-2) certified coach. She also has CrossFit Kids, Gymnastics, and Olympic Lifting certifications.

Sara discovered CrossFit in 2009 and found both a new lifestyle and career. She has competed as an individual athlete or team member in numerous local CrossFit competitions and at the Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals competitions in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Always up for new challenges, Sara completed her first sprint triathlon in October 2017.

Sara loves athletic shoes and lives in Bryan with her husband Chris and their son Ty.

Kori Banks- Coach + Programmer

Kori is a California native and a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she played collegiate volleyball. She holds CrossFit Level 1 (L-1) and Level 2 (L-2) certifications. She also holds a CrossFit Gymnastics certification.

Kori has competed in numerous local CrossFit competitions and at the Reebok CrossFit Games South Central Regionals in the team division in 2014. In 2012, Kori also competed at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, California, with the Get Lifted CrossFit team.

Kori is a podcast addict and likes to spend her days in Lulu and Converse while running between the gym and taking care of her children Sydnei, Tanner and Gage. She lives in College Station.

Carlos Carpio- Coach

Coach. Carlos grew up in Houston and later Bryan, and played virtually every sport in high school. A friend introduced him to CrossFit in 2012, and for the next two years he built out a garage gym and invited friends to join him. In 2014, he joined CrossFit 979 because he was seeking the community environment and support the gym provides. In 2015 Carlos decided to pursue his love of coaching and attained his CrossFit Level 1 (L-1) certification.

Carlos has participated in several local CrossFit competitions and coaches multiple classes each week at SoCo in addition to his work for the City of Bryan.

Carlos lives in Bryan with his wife and their three children.

Erika Hairgrove- Coach