Castro makes his return in a serious management position for the group.
Justin Bergh is stepping down from his place as CrossFit’s Basic Supervisor of Sport, in line with CrossFit CEO Don Faul. Bergh had been within the position for 18 months and is leaving the job efficient instantly. Per Faul, Dave Castro will take up Bergh’s former place as his alternative. Castro was beforehand fired from this position in January 2022 after roughly 15 years on the job.
Earlier than main CrossFit’s Sport staff, Bergh was the group’s Vice President of Sport and Partnerships from 2021 to 2022. He was beforehand the Basic Supervisor of the annual CrossFit Video games from 2013 to 2020, with a piece historical past with CrossFit relationship again to a while in 2006. Not lengthy after Castro’s ouster in early 2022, Bergh was named the Basic Supervisor of Sport. He held the position till mid-June 2023. A reasoning has not been supplied for Bergh’s departure on the time of this writing.
A former Navy Seal, Castro returned to CrossFit in an affiliate-focused position 5 months after he was initially fired from his Basic Supervisor place. His obligations then had been characterised as being a “key advisor” for the group’s affiliate gyms and coaches. Faul was named Eric Roza’s successor as CrossFit’s new CEO in August 2022 — two months after Castro made his return.
In a statement provided to BarBend, Faul had glowing phrases in regards to the work Bergh completed because the chief of CrossFit’s Sport staff. On the identical time, he endorsed Castro in his outdated stomping grounds because the lead-up to the 2023 CrossFit Games in early August begins to warmth up.
“After 13 years, Justin Bergh might be leaving CrossFit,” Faul mentioned. “[Bergh] has accomplished a lot for our neighborhood, and we’re extremely grateful for the position he’s performed in making CrossFit what it’s at this time. Dave Castro will step in to guide our Sport Workforce, who’re prepping to ensure we now have an incredible 2023 [CrossFit] Video games.”
On the time of this text’s publication, with out extra firsthand data of the group’s course of, it’s unclear how Bergh’s departure and Castro’s elevation will affect any aspect of the 2023 CrossFit Games. Even on a several-week timeline earlier than the competitors in Madison, WI, on Aug. 1-6, 2023, it’s tough to determine Castro’s scope and affect.
Nonetheless, this stays an enormous shift in management for CrossFit’s chief organizing physique and one to observe within the coming weeks and months.
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