Coaches

Our coaches are the core of our program. They're friendly, knowledgeable, and help create the right environment for you to succeed.

 
 

FULL-TIME STAFF


TYLER NICHOLSON

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

tyler@crossfit214.com

Tyler is a Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer, with CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Football, Barbell, Olympic Lifting, and Science of Exercise certifications. He's also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) and a certified USAW club coach. He holds a BBA from Loyola University Chicago where he ran track, specializing in the middle distances (800m, 1500m). Subsequent knee injuries led him to CrossFit after several surgeries and physical therapy failed to relieve pain and restore function. He believes wholeheartedly in the efficacy and healing potential of the functional movements prescribed in CrossFit and that literally anyone of any fitness level can find success at CrossFit 214.

ERIK CLARK

HEAD COACH

erik@crossfit214.com

Erik is a Crossfit Level 2 coach, a certified Brand X Method Kids Coach, and a Health Coach registered with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Erik played junior hockey and college hockey and was a college oarsman.

Despite his passion for sport and activity, one year out of college and in the corporate world, his life was far from healthy and balanced. Overweight and lethargic, Erik found CrossFit and a love for nutrition to reignite his passion for life. Erik believes feeding the body for performance, like training for performance, brings about the tangible benefits of health and wellness we all seek.

IAN BLAIR

GENERAL MANAGER

ian@crossfit214.com

Ian grew up rockscrambling in the mountains of New Mexico. A former sprinter, hurdler and ultimate player, he started CrossFitting in CF214's first onramp in 2011 and found it both incredibly humbling and oddly hard to quit. Prior, he traveled solo around the world for 26 months across 5 continents, including several summits, backcountry treks and bike trips.

Ian has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Liberal Arts from UT Austin and has worked in private equity, software, business intelligence, and for brief stints as a model and a moneychanger.

 

PART-TIME STAFF


JIM RONEY

COACH

jim@crossfit214.com

Our newest coach Jim comes to the 214 community from Richmond VA. Originally from Newburyport MA, he has his level 2 certification as well as the Crossfit kids certification.Jim has worked at both college and high school levels as a strength and conditioning coach since 2000. He has been a Crossfit athlete for the past 7 years and recently qualified twice as a CrossFit masters athlete in the 45-49 age group. He is super excited to be part of the 214 community and can’t wait to share his love for Crossfit.

DAN BROWN

COACH

dan@crossfit214.com

Coach Daniel was first introduced to Crossfit in 2008, while deployed to Iraq. After years of pursuing fitness through long distance running, conventional weightlifting, and basic military physical training, he was skeptical about any other training methods. What started as a challenge from his buddies, quickly became the realization that his fitness level was not as high as thought and that he needed a change. Daniel is a CrossFit level 1 coach, and has been helping people achieve their fitness goals since 2005, and is extremely passionate about advocating a better quality of life through the pursuit of health and fitness.

JENNY PECK

COACH

jenny@crossfit214.com

Jenny is a Crossfit Level 1 Certified coach with her Crossfit Mobility Certificate and a USAW Club Coach Certification. She was a competitive athlete in soccer and recreationally competed all other sports like tennis, swimming, and flag-football. In addition, she was part of the Symphony at her university and is an accomplished violin player.

Crossfit has helped Jenny become a well-rounded athlete by increasing her confidence, overall strength, and conditioning. It has also helped her manage the stress of teaching middle school students music. Her passion is seeing others grow by learning new things, improving physically and mentally, and reaching their goals.

DAN JOHNSON

COACH

dj@crossfit214.com

Dan Johnson is a Crossfit Level 1 coach. A native of Cleveland, Ohio he graduated from Case Western Reserve in 2005 (BA, Economics), where he threw shotput and discus. After graduating, he dabbled in endurance and triathlon races, but became hooked on Crossfit in 2010. He moved to Dallas and began training at Crossfit 214 in 2011, where he saw significant improvements in his fitness and body composition. He now enjoys helping other athletes accomplish their training goals while also seeking continual improvement in himself and coaching abilities.

Outside of coaching, Dan works at JP Morgan during the day, is a supporter of all Cleveland sports teams and THE Ohio State Buckeyes, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole, and dog, Ruby.