Coaches

Andrew Killion

Head Coach & Owner

I started CrossFit as a means to supplement my amateur boxing career. One short year later my life became a supplement to my CrossFit.  I quit my job; took out a loan and opened District CrossFit in 2010.  I’ve worked hard at everything I’ve done in my life (from elite college rowing to the New York State Golden Gloves championship) but I’ve never worked harder than I have with CrossFit as a lifestyle and a sport.  Consequently, I’ve never been more fulfilled in my life.

 From the people I’ve met to the lives I’ve had a chance to change for the better CrossFit has been the most important aspect of my life.

I gave it two weeks of dedication and it quickly turned into a life of satisfaction.  I love helping people accomplish things they never thought possible, with just a little informed coaching  and a lot of hard work.  In just a few years, it’s been a pleasure to help so many people and accomplish some lofty personal and professional goals.  I look forward to meeting new coaching challenges and helping athletes of all kinds (from “desk” athletes to professional ones) better themselves.

 

 

Cody Burgener

Head Coach

Im the third child of four siblings born into a outstanding family of weightlifters.  I’ve been competing in the Olympic lifts since the age of five, and have been coaching the lifts since the age of 15.  I was introduced to Crossfit in 2007 though my dad Coach B.  In addition to coaching a variety of individuals, I also travel the world teaching athletes and coaches how to perform the Olympic lifts through Crossfit Weightlifting.  I earned my bachelors in Exercise Science at the University of Sioux Falls, where i was a four year starter for the USF baseball program.  I attribute my athletic success to years of Crossfit training and the Olympic lifts.

It’s my passion to motivate and coach people to become the best athletes they can be.

Everyday I look forward to teaching athletes everything I’ve learned through Crossfit and Weightlifting.  It’s my passion to motivate and coach people to become the best athletes they can be.  And three, you will always have a fun time when working with me.  It is all about having fun when working out, and Ill make sure every class I teach you will have a good time.

 

Andrea Ferry

Head Coach

I stumbled upon CrossFit in 2008. I left the Figure world to see what this “CrossFit” thing was all about – it had the weight training that I loved and the competition aspect as well.

It’s humbling to have the ability to motivate people to be healthier and lead a better lifestyle for their ‘future’ selves.

Along my CrossFit Certification travels, I met Mark Rippatoe and decided to try powerlifting. I trained and competed in the powerlifting world for 4 years before finding my way back to CrossFit in 2013.
Coaching has allowed me to have a daily impact of people’s lives.  It’s humbling to have the ability to motivate people to be healthier and lead a better lifestyle for their ‘future’ selves. CrossFit has opened up the doors for people to learn strength training in a supportive and safe environment. There is nothing more rewarding than having a job you are passionate about – and for me that is coaching and connecting with people.

Teresa Harris

Coach

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business management as well as an MBA in Germany, I decided to leave the corporate world to pursue my food and fitness passions by becoming a personal trainer and personal chef. I played numerous organized sports prior to CrossFit, including basketball, track and field, weightlifting, marathoning, and even Gaelic football. After many months of fighting the thought of drinking the CrossFit Kool-Aid, I finally tiptoed in via the CrossFit Endurance program, where I utilized CrossFit training techniques to train myself for endurance events.

After being plagued with a number of traditional runner injuries, I decided to transition over to CrossFit completely, and haven’t looked back.

When I’m not busy working on handstand push-ups, I enjoy getting creative in the kitchen, testing out new paleo recipes to take creative photos of and blog about.

Amon Hotep

Coach

In 2009 a fellow personal trainer at a “globo-gym” introduced me to Crossfit by running me through what she called “a classic crossfit workout” She set up a 3-round circuit that included some type of vertical-medicine ball- toss, jumping onto a box, sumo-something-something and rowing.   I gave it a try.  “Trying” was all I had.  I did not think I was going to survive the workout, but thanks to the morale-boost from my colleague, I was able to finish.

The workout was “Fight Gone Bad” and thanks to Christy, I continue to be hooked to the encouragement and motivation aspect of Crossfit.

Assisting our members to help them reach their goals and progress into better athletes is why I love being a CrossFit coach. 

Chris Garay

Coach

Growing up in rural New Jersey, I was always running around doing some sort of activity or playing sports. Between soccer, basketball, wrestling, biking, skateboarding, or juggling, I was constantly active and enjoyed a wide range of pursuits. In high school and college I shifted focus to music and academics, and I eventually became part of several world class drum and bugle corps and indoor drumlines.
Since then I have become obsessed with anything and everything fitness-related, and I have attended over 40 seminars, workshops, or certification events with the goal of becoming more well-informed for myself and my athletes.
In 2009 my sister mentioned that I should look into CrossFit to help my triathlon training. Eventually my triathlon and trail running took a back seat to my CrossFit training, and I began coaching in late 2010. Since then I have become obsessed with anything and everything fitness-related, and I have attended over 40 seminars, workshops, or certification events with the goal of becoming more well-informed for myself and my athletes.
After moving to the Washington, D.C. area in late 2013, I knew I wanted to get involved at District CrossFit. I had attended a few events there (even one at NW), and I always appreciated the professionalism and drive to improve. Nowadays I manage the Individual Design Program where we hone in and focus on individual’s particular goals and structure their training around exactly what they need to accomplish. I love coaching my Gymnastics Strength Training class where we place a lot of emphasis on bodyweight strength and flexibility.

Derick Deal

Coach

My intense curiosity for understanding what’s optimal in fitness & nutrition, has spawned a decade long quest to explore diverse approaches to training, eating & leading health-conscious lifestyles.

This journey has uncovered an understanding that GOOD programs (fitness or nutrition) are the ones you will actually do and the BEST programs are ones you will stick with over the course of time.

My coaching mission is to bring these diverse qualities of CrossFit to life in a way that excites clients to move well, move often, and move for fun.

CrossFit, with it’s wide reaching pool of movements and constantly varied philosophy, enables clients to satisfy innate curiosities, desire for challenge, and need for tangible self-development. My coaching mission is to bring these diverse qualities of CrossFit to life in a way that excites clients to move well, move often, and move for fun.

Naturally, exercise as it relates to fitness is meaningless without developing good, consistent eating habits. Just as there does not exist a single-best-exercise there is no single-best-diet that meets the needs of everyone. As a nutrition coach, trained in the Precision Nutrition coaching methodology, it is my primary objective to guide clients towards developing sustainable habits & to understand the principles that make any diet successful – whether it’s Paleo, Vegan, or {enter sexy diet name}.

George Paine

Assistant Coach

My journey to becoming a CrossFit coach started back in early 2011. I was a dedicated gym rat who was always eager to crush bench press Mondays, arms Tuesdays, and leg day (optional). I trained this way for years until I was offered an opportunity to take a physical assessment for a law enforcement job. I ran, did some push-ups and sit-ups, and felt like I was going to have a heart attack. Following the physical, I realized that I had trained for years and was STILL out of shape. It was time for a change…

Enter CrossFit

During my first workout I was gasping for breath and on the verge of tears when the coach said, “When you’re done with the warm-up, grab a bar and let’s get started.” That day I became a CrossFitter and never looked back. Eventually I left my hometown for D.C. and it brought me to the DCF family.

What began as a means to get in shape for a job has grown into a passion and lifestyle.

As a DCF coach, I look forward to sharing my experience, helping others, and making new friends. There is nothing more fun than coaching deadlifts while Noah cranks up Ke$ha radio. I love it.

Meg Santaniello

Assistant Coach

Back in 2010, I started CrossFit to spend time with my brother.  Not only do my brother and I train and coach CrossFit, but my mother is an active member of a CrossFit gym in Southern New Jersey. So almost every time I visit, I find myself working out or attending a seminar with one of them. It brings us/people together in a great environment.

I coach CrossFit because I truly enjoy helping people

To me, District CrossFit is be a place where everyone can learn from each other. It has been really beneficial to me and my family to learn about injury/disease prevention, mobility, nutrition, different types of therapy and so much more, all through just showing up at a CrossFit gym. It is almost a guarantee that I will learn something just by walking through the doors.

I coach CrossFit because I truly enjoy helping people. And that is what you get at a CrossFit gym, people helping people be better in so many more ways than just being physically stronger. This is also why I’m pursuing becoming a student in a Doctorate Physical Therapy program, I have a passion for motivating and helping people think and feel better.

Ultimately, I really love being physically strong and active. I played competitive sports from the time I was 4 years old throughout college and I am currently serving in the Navy. CrossFit enables me to maintain an active lifestyle and benefits my career!

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