Our Coaches

Craig O’Hanlon

Craig O'Hanlon limped into Tacoma Strength in January 2011 after losing a bet with himself. He was Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, at least that's what his medical tests said. He jumped in head first. Leon taught him the basics of CrossFit and introduced him to the Paleo & JERF (Just Eat Real Food) Movement. The rest is history. In his first month at Tacoma Strength, Craig dropped almost 40 pounds and won the Winter 2011 Clean Eating Gym Challenge. Read the rest of his amazing story.

As a French Classical Chef School Graduate and former Executive Chef and General Manager, Craig now offers Hero Support to the gym members of Tacoma Strength. Don't know how to cook? Contact Craig. Wondering about Paleo? Contact Craig. Looking to spice up your cooking game? Contact Craig. Got an item for the weekly newsletter? Contact Craig. Got an idea for a great social gym event? Contact Craig.

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Maria Rodriguez

Maria was born in LA but truly grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she discovered yoga as a college student. She practiced Ashtanga every day, sometimes twice a day which inspired her to pursue her fitness journey. After she graduated college with her bachelor in fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture, she moved to Washington to be with her now husband in Tacoma, Washington. Here, she finally got certified in yoga all while discovering what CrossFit had to offer. Tacoma Strength is where she was introduced to a deeper love, powerlifting. Maria is now certified in USAPL as a powerlifting club coach. She teaches a variety of strength classes in Tacoma as well. Her fitness career is always growing as she's always striving to become a better instructor, personal trainer and coach.

Meredith Frost

Meredith joined Tacoma Strength in the summer of 2016 after having finished a short triathlon, only to discover that she could barely walk the next day. That's when she realized how little she knew about taking care of her whole self, despite playing sports all her life.

She started in the Fundamentals class, then went through the year-long Precision Nutrition program, and is currently progressing through Olympic Weightlifting classes. As a result of her training at Tacoma Strength, she has grown significantly in creating whole-self health and wellness.

Meredith is a Certified Athletic Trainer and also works for the University of Puget Sound Sports Medicine Department. She has years of experience with rehabilitation exercise and biomechanics. Meredith enjoys working with people of all skill and ability levels to assess and improve their movement patterns. She also specializes in adjusting exercises around injury and working with clients to help them live an injury-free life.

Jordan Coby

Jordan Coby was born and raised in Tacoma and attended Wilson High School. He attended Tacoma Community College and then later graduated from Central Washington University on a full-ride athletic scholarship to play basketball. Jordan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science while at Central Washington University. Using his education, experience he has gained, and attending various trainings, Jordan specializes in correct proper movement within exercise and weight lifting. He can provide workouts from novice to expert in terms of movement patterns. His love for proper movement has given him the knowledge and resources to help people work on moving naturally and safely in the gym and also daily life.

Jo Ann Lucas

Jo Ann came to Tacoma Strength in 2009 and was hooked immediately. Trust me, she looked like a deer in headlights but she kept coming back. Jo Ann has always tried to maintain some sort of physical activity through out her life. She was mainly a social long distance runner before cross fit. She has done numerous events for Team in Training, Leukemia Society. Jo Ann has an Olympic Lifting Certification and plans to take more CrossFit certifications.

Since being involved with CrossFit she has seen a transformation with her physical activities and overall health. She has always had lower back issues with her job but now she no longer has that issue.

Jo Ann values the CrossFit community and loves to push you to accomplish your goals with a smile.

Paul Stoermer

Paul moved to Washington from California in the fall of 1980. His main goal at age 20 was to sample the variety of ski terrain within the close proximity of the Seattle/Tacoma area. Paul moved to Tacoma in 1984 and raised 3 children, all of which attended Tacoma schools from kindergarten through high school. He started his age group swimming career at age 11, swam through high school and was a masters swimmer for nearly 29 years.

Paul joined Tacoma Strength in the fall of 2009 after a nagging shoulder injury said it was time for a change. Paul’s wife LeeAnn had joined Tacoma Strength in April of 2009 and he was impressed with the progress she had made in such a short period of time. His goal for anyone who walks through the doors of Tacoma Strength is that they perfect the basic fundamentals of all the movements that we perform and that they feel welcome and comfortable at our gym. “I am 52 yrs. old, have a bad back and a physical job. I thought athletics was over for me. I’m proof of what this program can do for you.”

Paul has a current USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Certification and a CrossFit Level 1 Certification. He always promotes healthy eating habits and loves to see the progress and success of all his gym mates.

Andrew Davis

I started gymnastics when I was a wee tyke and competed through college at Michigan State University. I coached recreational gymnasts as well as advanced gymnasts for many years during and after my career.

I found CrossFit in 2008, received my level one certification in 2009, and the varied workouts have kept me coming back ever since.

I enjoy working core strength and programming cardio style workouts with dynamic movements. Come and play. It will be fun!

David Pak

USAW Certified Coach. USAW Athlete Development Model (ADM) Certified, SafeSport Certified.

Olympic-style weightlifting, or officially “Weightlifting” is the style of weightlifting contested at the Olympic Games. The events of weightlifting, or “lifts”, test virtually all of the muscles in an athlete’s body (including but not limited to, the legs, the back. the shoulders, the arms, the grip and the core) - more muscles than any other single sport. And because the lifts are performed more widely than any other strength and power testing events in the world with standardized rules, with no assistive equipment, the World and Olympic Champions in the sport of Weightlifting have earned the right to the title of the strongest men and women in the world.

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