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254172_10151387103096780_1780661022_nJanice Marie Ferguson

Bandit CrossFit Owner/Head Coach

Education and Qualifications:

  • d’Iberville High School graduate
  • BA in Journalism, Baylor University
  • Licensed Mississippi Teacher
  • CrossFit L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit L2 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • Assistant Coach, Mississippi Weightlifting Club
  • 2012 South Central CrossFit Regionals Competitor
  • Elite Obstacle Racer
  • 2014 American Ninja Warrior
  • 2016 Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge Competitor


Janice’s athletic pursuits started during her time at d’Iberville High School as a state-champion and record-holding track and cross country athlete. She is passionate about sports performance, CrossFit, obstacle racing, weightlifting and sharing her love of fitness with others. She now competes in CrossFit competitions, duathlons, obstacle racing, and has even been on the podium in a 50K ultramarathon race. Janice has dedicated five years of her life to CrossFit training, and actually first began CrossFit on her own in 2006 on a concrete slab at her house with a jump rope, set of dumbbells, and no barbell experience. Now, she is a very accomplished and skilled CrossFitter, weightlifter, and coach.

Before opening Bandit CrossFit, Janice had several exciting career experiences that have helped guide her to her love of teaching and helping others lead healthier lifestyles. She spent four years as a middle school science teacher and one year as a high school history teacher to the best students on the planet. She’s also had some unforgettable experiences an event planner, a public relations specialist, and a feature writer and journalist.

Now, Janice is on a mission to create and serve a community of people who value hard work, and who support and motivate one another to reach their personal fitness goals. Bandit CrossFit is the vehicle to realize that long-held dream.

Janice is married to her husband, Richard, of more than 18 years, and they have two children together, who are also talented athletes, runners and CrossFitters. Her family has been instrumental in all of her goals throughout her life, and especially in her dream of building Bandit CrossFit.

Contact Janice:

Email: Janice Marie Ferguson
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Instagram: @janicemarie01
Twitter: @jmarieferguson


Kim CoachingKim Colle

Coach, Bandit CrossFit

Education and Qualifications:

  • Vancleave High School graduate
  • BS in Art Education, University of South Alabama
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course
  • CrossFit Mobility Course
  • CrossFit Goal Setting Course
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Course
  • CrossFit Kids Certified
  • CrossFit Rowing Course
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Course
  • CrossFit Endurance Course
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Course
  • CrossFit Competitor’s Course
  • Total Immersion Swim Coach
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer
  • FMS Certified Excercise Professional

Kim graduated from Vancleave High School where she played tennis and was a cheerleader. Kim has competed in triathlons and has a love for trail running. She started CrossFit at home, and since joining Bandit CrossFit, she has dedicated herself to learning and teaching fitness to others. She is very passionate about human performance and spends as much time as she can traveling to seminars, workshops and certifications to learn from the best coaches in the country and then bringing their knowledge and techniques back to our gym for everyone’s benefit.

Kim is very dedicated to helping people reach their fitness goals. She is extremely knowledgeable in human anatomy and physiology and is a great resource for mobility work. She enjoys working with Bandit CrossFit beginners, as we try to give beginners as much individual attention as possible in the start of their CrossFit journeys.

Kim is passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals and making positive changes in their lives through CrossFit.  She is inspired by anyone who is brave in the face of fear.

Contact Kim:

Email: Kim Colle

Sam Guthrie


Education and Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Nursing from Auburn University Montgomery
  • Firefighter for City of Gautier
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NASM-Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Elite Obstacle Racer
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • American Ninja Warrior


Sam has an impressive background in sports and has been involved in athletics her entire life. She played softball and basketball through high school, having received multiple All-Conference awards.  While attending college, she assisted in coaching her high school basketball and softball teams.  She has been running for 5 years and has become an avid obstacle course racer.  As a competitive OCR athlete, she has competed in races throughout the US reaching podium finishes numerous times.

Sam was introduced to CrossFit in 2012 when she volunteered at a local competition.  She felt that it was something that she would enjoy and knew that her overall health and fitness would benefit from it.  “I have always been active but never found that one thing that could test me mentally and physically every single day.  CrossFit has changed my life.”

Sam’s passion for helping others, coupled with her love for fitness, has motivated her to begin coaching at Bandit.  She challenges her athletes and inspires them to push past points they never thought possible.  Coaching is a passion of hers and CrossFit has given her the forum to unleash this passion in hopes that it will inspire others the way the sport has inspired her.

Sam is a wife and mother to three beautiful girls.  Being a mom has given her an opportunity to constantly instill healthy life-long habits in her daughters.  “I love exposing them to the enthusiasm and positive atmosphere that can be found at Bandit. I feel so blessed to have found such a wonderful gym and community to be a part of.”

Contact Sam:

Email: Sam Guthrie


Emily Fowler

Education and qualifications:

  • 11 years military service14486_366533950141427_1436574461_n
  • Experience as a Law Enforcement Officer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • Elite Obstacle Racer



Contact Emily:

Email: Emily Fowler