Meet the CrossFit Coaches

Passionate Coaches

When you choose CrossFit Dark Horse, these are the coaches that will help you make it happen. Our coaches have incredible resumes that might intimidate you, but don’t be scared! The Dark Horse trainers are full of passion and compassion, so they’ll push you (like they’re supposed to), but they won’t destroy you. The only thing that gets destroyed here are your limitations.

  • Mike Devaney

    Owner & Head Coach

    Owner & Head Coach Mike Devaney has been CrossFitting for an impressive ten years. He’s a lifelong athlete who’s played football, baseball, and hockey before competitive CrossFit started taking over his life in 2009.

    His specialty is connecting with people and getting them to accomplish something in a workout that they didn’t think they could. “I’m passionate about providing people the tools to set the stage for a long, healthy and happy life,” he says. “I love every personality we have within our community. I love learning each personality and what buttons need to be pressed to get each person to reach their goals. Getting someone to do something they never though they could is the greatest reward.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
    • CrossFit Kids Trainer
    • CrossFit Strongman
    • USAW-1
    • CPR/AED & Basic First Aid
  • Jameson Perry

    Coach

    CrossFit Coach Jameson Perry has been dancing since he was 3, which helps him teach proper movement to his members. “I love seeing the body move,” he says. “I also can’t help but dance when music is on while I’m coaching class.”

    Growing up, Jameson never played sports or lifted weights, but coming off a long break as a professional dancer, he discovered CrossFit was the perfect way to get back in shape. “After my first CrossFit class, it hurt to sit, stand, walk, or blink my eyes,” he says. “After a year of being a member, I wanted to learn more about this sport that I had fallen in love with. I got my level 1 as a Christmas present from my parents in 2014 and have been coaching ever since.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
    • NASM Certified Personnel Trainer
    • CPR/AED & Basic First Aid
  • Vince Pavia

    Coach

    CrossFit Coach Vince Pavia believes if you argue for your limitations, they’ll be yours for eternity. So don’t! “Change is inevitable,” he says. “The pain with change comes from the resistance to it.”

    Vince played football and baseball all through high school and competed as an amateur bodybuilder in his 20s, finishing in the top 10 in his weight class in the Central Regionals in 1998. He stumbled into CrossFit looking for something different, and that’s exactly what he found. “I signed up the next day and haven’t looked back,” he says. “I love the community that CrossFit has given me, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back as a coach!”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Kids Trainer
    • CrossFit Specialty: Aerobic Capacity
    • CPR/AED & Basic First Aid
  • JR Jaquay

    Coach

    Coach JR has been a CrossFitter since 2009 and specializes in Gymnastics and Endurance.  He is passionate about helping his athletes enjoy their fitness journeys.  He says, “I hope to be a leader in the gym and show members that hard work is the only way to reach their goals.”

    JR has been doing gymnastics almost his entire life, and has now been coaching for 25 years.  It was his gymnastics background that led him to become a CrossFit coach.  He said, “Coaching CrossFit became a natural extension to my gymnastics coaching.  People needed help with gymnastics moves and I started helping out.  It happened organically.”  He believes gymnastics is something everyone can enjoy.  He encourages everyone to allow themselves to feel vulnerable while learning new skills.  He says, “Our members are fortunate to have owners who value a gymnastics coach, so please take advantage because I am here to help!”

    JR is also an avid runner.  He has spent years running marathons, triathlons, and adventure races like The Great Wall of China marathon and The Running of the Bulls.

     

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Endurance
    • CrossFit Mobility
    • USA Gymnastics Professional Member
    • USA Gymnastics Safety Certification
  • Charlie Chung

    Olympic Lifting Coach

    CrossFit & Oly Coach Charlie Chung specializes in Olympic weightlifting and loves helping people reach their “a-ha” moment in weightlifting. “My favorite part of coaching is seeing when all the practice and drills ‘click’ while working on complicated movements, watching people grow as athletes, and how it extends beyond their life in the gym,” he says.

    Charlie became a CrossFit coach as a way to give back to the community that has given him so much. “I got my L1 in 2013 and have been specializing in weightlifting since,” he says. “I enjoy breaking movements down into small chunks, and teaching people with unique examples and imagery.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
    • CrossFit Mobility
    • CPR/AED & First Aid
  • Thomas Finklea

    Coach

    Coach Thomas Finklea has been a CrossFitter since 2013 and specializes in General Physical Preparation and Programming for Masters Athletes. His favorite thing about coaching is “being in the moment with my athletes – seeing the athletes navigate the process of success and struggle and being a resource to help them train effectively.”

    As an avid martial artist with over 20 years experience, Thomas’s experiences instructing Black Belt Soo Bahk Do and Tae Kwo Do  have fostered a desire to teach fitness as a lifetime endeavor. “I would rather be training or coaching CrossFit than almost anything else,” he says.

    When Thomas isn’t training, he is busy going to the beach, catching sunsets with his wife, or going to Angels baseball games.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Miki Shelton

    Coach

    Miki has been CrossFitting for almost 5 years, and as an older athlete, she is an awesome example of not letting age or current ability define your goals. She is also a great example of how following the CrossFit prescription works for everyday people. She is most passionate about empowering others to believe in their own capacity to achieve their goals, no matter what they are.

    After her husband and son started CrossFit, they encouraged Miki to try it as well. She says, “Initially I was very intimidated, but the coaches put me at ease and kept encouraging me along the way. This experience of trying something outside my comfort zone and being fully supported along the way made me want to give this experience to other people.” Her favorite thing about coaching is encouraging members to discover they are able to do more than they think they can. She also loves working with the kids at the gym–teaching them to love being active and to enjoy healthy competition.

    Something else to know about Miki is that she is quite the accomplished tap dancer!

    Miki’s favorite quote is, “Clarify what you really want, then work as hard as you can for as long as it takes.” –Ben Bergeron

    Certifications:

    • CF-L1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Kids Certified Coach
  • Chris Thornton

    Coach

    Chris Thornton is passionate about staying healthy and fit to maintain a great quality of life at any age. “I truly believe that maintaining your fitness will enhance your life and keep you off unnecessary medications as you get older,” he says.

    His passion for maintaining youthful health might have a little something to do with his full-time job. Chris works for Walt Disney Imagineering helping build the “Magic” for theme parks around the globe. “If there is ever a new Land or ride, or major refresh happening to one of those two, I am involved,” he says. “So of course working for Disney most of my adult life, I am a bit of a Disney nerd and know lots of Disney facts and trivia. I just recently completed my goal of going to every Disney Theme Park around the world!”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
    • USAW Level 1 Sports performance Coach
  • Kate Eipl

    Yoga Coach

    Kate Eipl brings 6 of yoga experience to CrossFit Dark Horse’s coaching staff. With a background in team sports such as basketball and volleyball, Kate has a unique blend of experiences that have lead her to specialize in restorative and mobility-oriented yoga.

    Her enthusiasm for holistic medicine and yoga stems from years as an athlete. After accumulating multiple sports injuries, friends invited her to hot yoga. Despite hesitance to try yoga for the first time, she ultimately attended a class, and she says, “For the first time in years I wasn’t in pain.” She was hooked. “That was the moment, I knew it was something that I had to share with others.”

    Kate might be an enthusiastic yogi, but what her coaching style really boils down to is her ability to scale classes and work with individuals. “Yoga is not a one size fits all. As a result, everyones’ practice will be different and requires personalized attention. No two classes of mine are the exact same.” She knows many first-timers might have questions, and she encourages this. “I enjoy helping others make new discoveries about their bodies and work through mental and physical blockages. … I strive to create open and judgment free environments.”

    Certifications:

    • 200 RYT Yoga
    • Reiki Practitioner, Level 2
    • 30 Hour Aerial Yoga
  • Dr. Adam Mazzeo

    Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner

    Dr. Adam Mazzeo DC is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner who specializes in sports chiropractic care and rehabilitation. “I provide all types of athletes with individualized care to help prevent injuries and maximize their performance,” he says.

    Adam became a chiropractor and CrossFit trainer to help bring health and fitness back into people’s lives. “I have always focused my career at helping people achieve optimal performance,” he says. “I had joined a CrossFit gym to get back to a healthy life and as an outlet from work life. CrossFit did that and so much more! This sparked my interest, and as a continuing scholar in health care, I had to know more. I dove right into the trainer’s course.”

    His favorite quote is “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest the patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
    • Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner
    • Functional Movement Screen Level 1
    • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1
    • RockTape (kinesiology tape) Certified

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