Coaches

CrossFit Yards currently employs six trainers at our Morrisville facility. All of our staff are CrossFit Level One Trainers (at a minimum), although each have additional credentials listed below:

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Jessica LeonardOwner & Head Coach, CF-L2

I have been involved in Coaching/Training since I got my first certification, which was to teach Spin, in 1997. I spent years spinning, running, boxing, and weightlifting, always looking for new ways to challenge myself. I tried my first CrossFit class in 2010 and man was I was hooked. I went home after that first class and scheduled my CrossFit Level 1 training class. I knew I wanted to share this amazing experience with others. I have never been pushed, challenged, humbled, wrecked, intrigued, embraced, motivated or supported as I have been by the CrossFit community.

My passion is to motivate, encourage, support, and challenge people to reach their fitness goals. I take pride in the PRs and achievements of our athletes. Seeing our CrossFit Yards family cheering each other on and giving out high fives and smiles after a killer WOD never fails to move me.
To me, CrossFit is the perfect combination of humility and pride. You will get your ass kicked on a daily basis, and at the same time achieve goals that you never imagined possible.

Qualifications:
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Kids

Nicole Shipos – CrossFit Trainer, CF-L1

I started playing sport at the age of four. I loved being outside and staying active. Fast forward many years and I still love being active! I began my fitness journey at Planet Fitness and spent many hours in the gym ‘doing cardio’ and lifting weights. I also found many different workout videos to add to the mix. It was great in the beginning but than it became repetitive. I was putting in the work but seeing no results! In 2011 I caught the repeat of the 2010 Crossfit Games on ESPN. I saw it and automatically wanted to know where I could do these crazy things. I found a local gym (box) and hit up my first class. That was all she wrote! I was totally hooked after that.  I became a Level One Trainer in 2014 and started teaching classes shortly afterwards. I enjoy having my butt kicked every day by a new and different workout. I also enjoy helping other athlete’s through those same crazy butt kicking WODs. It is a great feeling to help others improve on a movement and watch them grow. The family-like community we have at Yards is like no other.  We support each other through workouts, strength training, and even lean on each other for help outside of the box. This is something that I love being apart of and it’s not something you can get anywhere else. I’m thankful that I have CrossFit in my life and I’m thankful to help some great athletes along the way.

CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Weightlifting

USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Rob Lee – CrossFit Trainer, CF-L1

I am a graduate student at Holy Family University studying School Counseling. I have always been active, whether it be running, lifting weights or playing sports. But it was all very boring and mundane for me. I needed something new and challenging. A friend suggested that I try CrossFit. After trying Fran in a so called “judgement free zone” gym and shortly getting the boot for sweating and grunting too much; I joined a box. CrossFit has transformed me not only physically but mentally as well. I got my Level 1 certificate so I can help others in the same way my coaches did. Then I went a step further and acquired my CrossFit Kids certificate so I can help children. Through my graduate classes I have learned that it is a rough road for our future generation and I would like to help them by developing their self confidence and surrounding them with healthy, like-minded individuals who have a passion for living well. The sense of community here is like none other, I urge skeptics to give it a try. I look forward to helping all of you anyway I can.

Qualifications:
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Kids

Tara Mickel – CrossFit Trainer, CF-L1

My love for fitness began at a very young age.  I played every variety of sports growing up and was always the girl trying to outrun the boys or beat them at stick ball.  As a teenager, I developed a love for running.  I have participated and trained for many races and as always made health and fitness a priority in my life.  

I graduated from The College of New Jersey (Trenton State) with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing.  I worked as a Certified Oncology Nurse and was very passionate about educating and helping people.  When I left my beloved job in 2012 to raise my three boys, I missed the rewarding feeling I received from helping others and working in a team environment.  It was around this time that I discovered Crossfit.

Walking into Crossfit for the first time, I assumed I was in the best shape of my life.  I was running almost every day and consistently training for different races.  I was very humbled by my experience after my first CrossFit WOD.  I quickly realized how much I had to learn and how much stronger I wished to be.   CrossFit encourages me to push to the limits and beyond every day.  I love challenging myself and showing my children how strong women can be.  As an instructor, I thrive on educating and encouraging other athletes to be the best that they can be.  I love being a part of the supportive and enthusiastic Crossfit community.Because of CrossFit I can run faster, lift heavier, and am physically and mentally stronger than ever.  Through my own journey, I have developed an incredible passion for training and helping other athletes achieve their fitness goals.

Education:

  • Registered Nurse, BSN
  • BCLS certified

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit L1 
  • CrossFit Scaling 
  • CrossFit Judges 
  • CrossFit Gymnastics

Eric Coyne – CrossFit Trainer,

CF-L1

I’ve always been active in sports growing up and still to this day, whether it be a pickup game of football, or intramural soccer league. My lifting background was very limited growing up because I didn’t know the proper ways to lift and keep a healthy lifestyle. After graduating from West Chester University I started back up at a local gym only to find myself becoming a “gym bro” which is all well and good if that’s all you want to be. For me though, I was starting to plateau, and I wouldn’t see any progress no matter how much I was working out. It wasn’t until I was watching ESPN one day and they were showing this awesome fitness competition, where people were doing all these different workouts and it was so different from what I was used to. Come to find out that I was watching one of the rounds for The CrossFit Games. I was curious to try this and happy to find a box so close to home. I’ve been doing CrossFit for 3 years now and I’m still hooked as much as I was when I first started. You’re not only challenged physically by the workouts but mentally as well to keep fighting for one more rep. The workouts are intense but the atmosphere makes it all worth it. There is a sense of family or community at this box and everyone is extremely helpful and encouraging that it makes you want to keep coming back. I received my L-1 Certification in January 2016 and was fortunate enough to become a coach at the box I train at. I wanted to become a coach because I want to help people pursue their fitness goals in and out of the gym. You don’t need to be strong or young or fast to start, CrossFit can help and demographic achieve what they want as long as they’re willing to put in the work. I welcome anyone to try a class and you’ll see just how addicting it will become.

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1

USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Maggie Hoehn – CrossFit Trainer, CF-L1

I started CrossFit at the age of 47.  After spending countless hours at a regular gym, logging many miles on a treadmill and not seeing any results, I thought I would give CrossFit a try.  I was intimidated walking in the door, but it didn’t last long.  Everyone was so welcoming.  The coaches were motivating and the other members cheered me on as I made it through that first workout.  That was it.  It had me at the very first air squat.

After 2 years of steadily doing CrossFit, I knew I wanted to become a trainer.  I wanted to share my passion with others.  I want people to know that CrossFit is for everyone of all ages and athletic abilities.  It is not just about getting strong, it is about taking control of your health and your life.

Qualifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Scaled
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Dave Saunders – CrossFit Trainer, CF-L1

My background in fitness ranges from playing multiple competitive spots, including football, wrestling, power-lifting, CrossFit etc. I have also given a great deal of focus to overall GPP (General Physical Preparedness) training, ranging from extensive “Olympic” weightlifting, calisthenics, “Hardstyle” kettlebell training, and sandbag/odd object training. After I got my CF-L1 Certification, I decided to focus on the virtuosity of movement (performing common tasks uncommonly well) as it applies to sports training as well as other aspects of physical fitness. I have always made it a point in my life not only to strive to be as “fit” as possible but also to realize the “why?” behind the exercises and the programming I was engaged in. Besides being a CrossFit Coach, I am currently in graduate school working towards an MBA, as well as a BS in Biblical Studies from Cairn University.

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1