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Noah

Noah Providence, Owner/Coach

Co-owner of Wildcat CrossFit. Noah has more than 20 years experience in health and fitness education. He holds Certifications in personal training from CrossFit, the American Council on Exercise, the Providence Institute and an A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy. He brings his deep knowledge of anatomy, human kinetics and biomechanics to a coaching approach that is welcoming, supportive and fun.

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Jen Wirth, Owner/Coach

Jen Wirth, RN is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and Personal Trainer, and co-owner of Wildcat CrossFit.

On coaching: “My favorite part about being a CrossFit Trainer is the opportunity to encourage athletes to do things they never thought they could. I love helping people to build confidence in their abilities. Accomplishing tough WODs can give you the confidence to take on large daunting projects … and finish them!”

Jen is an avid gardener, long boarder, hiker and camper, an accomplished ceramist, and the CEO of WOD Balm, LLC. Her best friend is Ronnie, the official mascot of Wildcat CrossFit.

Coach Drew

Drew Hammond, Coach

In addition to holding a CrossFit L-1, Drew is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) with the NSCA, a Certified Personal Trainer with the ACSM, a Sport Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting, a certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) specialist and also a USA Triathlon certified Coach. He holds a Master’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

His experiences with CrossFit started 8 years ago at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (Go Heels!). He is now coaching at his fourth gym over three states and two continents. He has competed in the sport of exercise in the US and in Europe, and despite being a proud American, represented Scotland as Team Captain in the 2014 Inov-8 Four Nations.

By day, Drew is director of Strength and Conditioning for Air Force Special Operations at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson. In years past, he has worked with Division I and II collegiate strength and conditioning programs, Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes, military and law enforcement, and International and Domestic Scottish Rugby teams and age-grades. His hobbies include long walks on the beach, competitive dog grooming, and soap carving.

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Laurie Jackson, Coach

Laurie is certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. She has also earned certifications in CrossFit Mobility and Olympic Lifting.

Laurie is also an A.C.E. personal trainer & group fitness instructor. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, a Certified TRX instructor, Certified RCAA running coach.

Laurie holds several certifications in Zumba and Spinning. Laurie holds an Associates Degree in Fitness Sports Sciences from Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ.

Laurie has been working as a fitness coach for well over a decade. She is a highly enthusiastic, encouraging, and dynamic coach. In addition to coaching an excellent CrossFit WOD, Laurie also teaches Zumba, Spin, and Water Aerobics at other Tucson fitness facilities.

 

 

Gio Garcin, Coach

During Gio’s freshman year of high school, his strength coach was an Olympian not only in track, but lifting as well. Although his primary concern in those days was suiting up to play football on Friday night, his love for the weight room was established.

Gio graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a BS in Nutritional Science. During his junior year he decided he had to get back into the weight room and decided to give CrossFit a shot. Gio says after trying CrossFit he “never looked back.” Shortly after he started, Gio decided to get his CrossFit L1 and he started coaching at Wildcat. Gio currently is the regular coach for the M, W, and F 5:30am and 6:30am WODs.

Gio’s day job is running a manufacturing plant in Mexico with over 200 employees. His hobbies include working out, photography, going on adventures, and spending time with family, friends, and dogs.

Gio believes that mixing Nutrition with a good, solid workout program is essential for reaching your individual goals in the weight room.

“I love helping people and seeing how they improve. CrossFit creates an amazing group environment that pushes people to help them achieve success.” – Gio Garcin

 

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Taylor Hill, Coach

Taylor is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer who has been doing CrossFit since May 2014. A competitive gymnast for 10 years, Taylor was originally coming to U of A on a full-ride scholarship for gymnastics, but an ankle injury prevented her from continuing on the gymnastics path. Not knowing what to do to workout after stopping gymnastics, Taylor walked into a CrossFit gym and was hooked after just one workout.  Taylor has a passion for health and fitness. “I love coaching.. teaching athletes new movements, and helping them reach their goals!” Taylor says. “I also enjoy the mental aspect of CrossFit … pushing yourself past what you think you can do.” Taylor has also started competing in local CrossFit competitions. If you are a regular at Tucson-area CrossFit Comps, you may already recognize Taylor, as she’s made it onto the podium numerous times already!

 

 

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Nick Wyss, Coach

Nick is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. Nick started CrossFit in 2012 in a pursuit to take his fitness to the next level. After attending classes and learning and gaining strength for 3 years, he sought to become a coach so he could help others learn and experience the healthy change he had made. Nick loves the functionality of movements that CrossFit is founded on. He believes Crossfit offers something valuable that everyone can benefit from.

In addition to Crossfit, Nick is also an ordained pastor at Calvary Tucson. He leads the young adults group every week.

“I like to think of myself as a physical coach with Crossfit and a spiritual coach with Church. Because Crossfit is a lot like your spiritual walk. It takes time, effort and a love for what you’re pursuing.”

– Nick Wyss

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Ryan Barlow, Coach

Ryan is a proud alumnus of Arizona State University. He relocated to Tucson after college to pursue a career as a design and test engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems. Ryan loved working his new job as an engineer. However, after two months of sitting at his desk with relatively little physical activity, Ryan began hunting for a new gym that he could call home.

Ryan entered Wildcat’s doors a CrossFit novice in October of 2015, but quickly established himself as a regular. After competing in his first CrossFit Open in February 2016, Ryan decided that he wanted to better understand the sport of exercise. Ryan earned his CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) certificate alongside Coach Taylor and owner’s Noah and Jen (re-certification).

Ryan brings his background as a mathematics, science, and economics tutor, as well as experience as a former youth basketball coach to the Wildcat gym floor. Ryan loves teaching others about functional fitness and hopes to inspire all his athletes to purse a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Shae Couch, Coach

Along with her CrossFit Level 1 Certification, Shae also has her Chiropractic Assistant Certification and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. Shae has been involved with many different sports growing up, such as swimming and softball. She then made her way into the rodeo and horse world, competing in events such as team roping and barrel racing.

CrossFit grabbed ahold of her about two years ago when she tried her first workout at Wildcat CrossFit. Since then, she has become very passionate about training people and helping them with their fitness goals! She spends most her free time exploring new hiking trails, eating, and reading books on health and success. Shae is always down to eat and ready for adventure!

 

Lauryn Shannon, Yoga Coach

Lauryn Shannon is a Vinyasa Flow Certified Yoga Instructor with a background teaching for a variety of groups including active duty Marines and mental health programs. Her coaching style is full of energy and empowerment, with a focus on developing a deep connection of mind and body to all of the unique ways we move and perform.

Although Lauryn would never admit to working a day in her life, she is paid to live her passion as a mental health counselor for an intensive outpatient program where she works with people to overcome substance use, trauma, and persistent mental health issues. Her hobbies include lifting heavy things, hiking with her dog, Bristol, backpacking, paddle boarding, exploring, and deep belly laughing (you know, the kind that makes your abs hurt. ;0))


 

 

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