Coaches

Jason Gear – Owner, West Plano Crossfit & Training Techniques

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At age of 5, Jason showed an interest and love for wrestling. Through hard work and dedication he went on to become an All-American collegiate wrestler. In 2000, he opened Training Techniques Fitness in Plano, Texas and expanded in 2010 with the addition of West Plano CrossFit. Jason is a married father of three and in his free time he likes to ride his Harley, golf, hunt and coach little league football and wrestling. He currently lives in Allen, Texas.

Coaching Certifications

  • Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA – Kinesiology
  • Collegiate All-American – Wrestling
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Crossfit Movement and Mobilility
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1

Andrew “Diceman” Smith – Coach

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Andrew was introduced to Crossfit in September of 2008, and began coaching with West Plano Crossfit in early 2011. He has competed in the 2010 and 2011 Life as Rx’d Tour Competition, as well as the 2010 and 2011 West Plano CF Toys for Tots Competition. Since 2013 he has taken an active step towards Olympic lifting.

Andrew is known for his laid back demeanor and amazing beard. He loves coaching Crossfit and constantly learning new ways of teaching. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of mobility and kinesiology with his athletes. He says there is always a science behind what we do and why we do it. 

Andrew is married to an active crossfitter and they are expecting their first child in September of 2013. He enjoys rock climbing, four wheeling, target shooting, and hanging out around the house with his wife and two corgis.

Favorite Quotes:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” -Steve Jobs

Coaching Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Crossfit Movement and Mobility
  • CPR/ AED Certification
  • Level 1 Sport Performance Coach

Lisa DeFord – Coach & Health Coach

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Lisa is a mother of three boys and has been working in the health and fitness industry for 15 years. She is a CrossFit Level 1 coach with specialty certifications in CrossFit Movement & Mobility. She is also a certified nutrition/health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a certified personal trainer. Lisa is an avid crossfitter and is very passionate about helping people reach their fitness goals through CrossFit and nutrition. She loves eduacating on how food works in the body and on how what we eat will affect our performance as crossfitters and in all areas of our life.

Favorite Quotes:

“There isn’t a person anywhere who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can.” Henry Ford

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Coaching Certifications

  • CrossFit Certified Level 1 & Level 2
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobilility
  • CrossFit Kettle Bell
  • TRX Group Suspension Instructor
  • TRX Group RIP Training Instructor
  • Certified Nutrition/Health Coach – Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner – American Association of Drugless Practitioners
  • CPR/ AED Certification

Justin Gow – Coach

Justin has been doing crossfit since 2006 and has been coaching since 2010. In addition to coaching adult crossfit classes, he also programs and coaches our Crossfit Kids classes for ages 6 – 12.

Coaching Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids Instructor
  • CPR / AED Certified

Mathies Long – Coach

Coach Long was born and raised in Desoto, TX, and graduated from Bishop Dunne High School in 2006. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he walked on to the football team and became a 2 year starter on special teams. After graduating in 2011, he started coaching football and wrestling at Frisco Heritage High School. In 2014, he became Head Wrestling Coach at Frisco Independence High School. He is part of the coaching team at West Plano Crossfit. He has been doing Crossfit for 3 years, and has goals to make it Regionals and the Games.

Coaching Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CPR / AED Certified

Justin Boyde – Coach

Coaching Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CPR / AED Certified

Emily Kelp – Coach

Coaching Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CPR / AED Certified

Niki McAdams – Coach

Niki has been doing crossfit for 6 years and coaching for 5 years.

Coaching Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • USAW Level 1
  • Health/Wellness Coach with Integrative Nutrition
  • CPR / AED Certified