Bimbo Coles

(CrossFit Trainer)

Vernell Eufaye “Bimbo” Coles (born April 22, 1968) is a retired American basketball player. Coles was a standout at Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He played his college basketball for the Virginia Tech Hokies for four seasons (1986–87 to 1989–90). He was a member of the United States 1988 Olympic basketball team. His NBA career started when he was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 1990 NBA Draft, and immediately traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for veteran guard Rory Sparrow. After Coles’ first of two stints with the Miami Heat, he was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and also played with the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. He was utilized primarily as a backup point guard. He received his nickname from a cousin in reference to a country music song.

Bimbo started CrossFit when he was approximately 43 years old. He is currently holds a Level 2 CrossFit certificate. He fell in love with the CF experience because of the results and the feeling of community it brings. Bimbo founded Country Roads Crossfit affiliate in 2010 at a different location. Bimbo and Laura Lee trained together there for several years. When Bimbo sold his fitness business, Bimbo and Laura partnered together in the Fall of 2014 to open a new Country Roads CrossFit location and help bring a more community friendly CF experience to the Greenbrier Valley. They began their journey in December 2014 in the old Fort Savannah building. They worked with the Green River Valley Restoration Project to become partners in Montwell Park in downtown Lewisburg, WV. It was soon agreed that their permanent residence would be on the park property and their current building was completed in July of 2015. Bimbo and Laura’s goal is to bring communities together through health and recreation. The CF community is a perfect example of how they can work together to encourage healthier lifestyles. The CrossFit kids programs has played an important role in the lives of so many youth and instills an awareness in them of a healthier lifestyle.