2013052801_0003Ryan Cocolin – Head Coach/Manager

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course
  • Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) – ISSA
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Mobility

Athletic Background:

  • Basketball (High School)
  • Baseball (High School)
  • CrossFit Competitions
  • GoRuck Alum

His Day Job: Auditor at Department of Energy

In His Own Words: Not only have high intensity workouts gotten me in the best shape I’ve ever been in, but the this community is awesome. I love how everyone is so supportive and wants the best for everyone at the gym. I love the competitiveness and how it holds me accountable for my workout and my effort.

Why Do You Coach? I’ve always enjoyed helping people reach their fitness goals. It’s an awesome feeling to hear and see how happy people are the day they set a PR, or do their first workout as prescribed and then to know you were even a small part of that accomplishment. High intensity workouts are just as mental as they are physical, and I love seeing the progress members make in both of these areas throughout their time at the gym.
Contact: ryan@blacksheepsp.com

Lindsay Warnes – Manager/Coach2013052801_0013

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Mobility

Athletic Background

  • Softball (High School)
  • Basketball (High School)
  • CrossFit Competitions
  • GoRuck Alum

In Her Own Words: Fitness is not just about looking good in a bathing suit. Fitness encompasses all aspects of your life, including physical health, nutrition, and mental state. As a trainer, I focus on improving overall health and fitness through high intensity exercises and guidance on proper nutrition.

Why Do You Coach? I love fitness and I love helping members achieve their fitness goals and challenging them to reach their full potential. There’s nothing better than watching a member achieve their first muscle up, or the PR they’ve been trying to reach for months.
Contact: lindsay@blacksheepsp.com

Jackson Hodgson – Head Coach/Black Sheep Iron

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer2013052902_0021
  • CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
  • Leo Totten’s Advanced Olympic Lifting Cert
  • Strongman Seminar
  • High School Lacrosse Coach

Athletic Background:

  • Lacrosse (High School)
  • Wrestling (High School)
  • Club Lacrosse (Current)
  • Crossfit Competitions

His Day Job: Fiber Optics Technician for a subcontractor for Comcast

In His Own Words: So there are hundreds of reasons that people love this programming: because it’s hard, because of the great community and camaraderie, because it’s a great way to get in shape, because it’s fun, and I love it for all those reasons and then some. But if I had to pick one reason why I love these workouts, it would have to be because of its unique ability to test my limits, to make me push to that breaking point and then decide if I am going to cross that line into some uncharted, painful badland. It’s in that split second between reps when that battle rages in your head between “to stop,” or, “to keep going.” I love that pretty much every workout will take me to that place and I’m forced to make that decision. I can’t think of too many other things that will make you question yourself like that, and that’s why I love this.

Why do you coach? I coach because I’m really passionate about it and it gives me the chance to demonstrate that passion on top of showing people how to better themselves. It also gives me the opportunity to teach people how to achieve things they never thought they could do, and then when they discover they can do it because of what I showed or told them, it’s an incredible feeling.
Contact: jackson@blacksheepsp.com

Sara Olsen – Endurance Coach2013052902_0019

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach

Athletic Background

  • Soccer (High School and Adult Rec)
  • Swimming (High School)
  • Triathlons
  • GoRuck Alum

In Her Own Words: I spent 9 years as an EOD tech in the Navy before transitioning to the Reserves, where I am still active. An injury to my knee in dive school prevented me from training for distance runs and triathlons without a great deal of pain. I found pain was reduced some with the strengthening of my leg muscles and increased mobility of leg joints. After only 6 months participating in a true strength and conditioning program, I ran my first half marathon in years and did so without significant swelling or joint pain. Now I spend the focus of my athletic education on mobility, efficient endurance training, nutrition, and correct movements with the goal of at least one more half Ironman before I hang up my cycling shoes for good.

Why Do You Coach? As in my “day job,” I thrive on seeing those in my charge succeed. It is an amazing reward to see the light bulb go on for the first time, like when an athlete gets the depth they have been trying for months to achieve in the squat, or when an athlete is able to overcome a mental block or physical plateau to reach a new PR. Those events for the people I coach are as exciting for me as achieving the progress myself.

“You have your whole life to do something….and that’s not very long”
Contact: sara@blacksheepsp.com

Kasie Shover – Coach Kasie Staff Photo

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility

Athletic Background:

  • D1 Soccer at NC State (2005)
  • D1 Soccer at University of Delaware (2006-2009)
  • Semi-Pro Soccer – Lancaster Inferno (2007-2008)

Her Day Job: IT Government Contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton

In Her Own Words: It’s fun and it’s ridiculously hard – two things that seem to bring people together. I’ve never been to a place where people get so amped up to exercise and everyone there is encouraging and screaming at each other to keep pushing past their limits. They don’t care how bad it hurts, they just want to see you achieve your goals – that’s awesome and the world could use more of that.

Why Do You Coach? I love the people and the challenge of pushing them to limits they didn’t know were there. Nothing is more rewarding than watching people with different athletic backgrounds and abilities make incredible gains over time.  I want to inspire people to make lifestyle changes and connect with each person in a way that motivates and excites them to perform at their highest level.

“Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.”
Contact: kasie@blacksheepsp.com

Ulysses Williams – Coach 552623_10151125013006117_693011799_n

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Athletic Background

  • Football (High School)
  • Basketball (High School)
  • CrossFit Competitions

His Day Job: Law Student at Howard University School of Law

In His Own Words: I strongly believe that our approach to life is reflected in the manner by which we go about our daily activities. Confidence is NOT something that one either has or does not. Confidence is a welcomed by-product of repeatedly confronting and moving beyond adversity and the unfamiliar. Our brand of exercise is designed to push you beyond your comfort zone, for this is where you grow as a person. < fair warning> I will gently push you to where your mental and physical ability exist in harmony.  The idea is to get better EACH and EVERY class no matter small the change seems. Maybe it is a mental block we move beyond, maybe you learn a new movement, or gain a newfound comfort with a dreaded exercise. NO STANDING STILL HERE.

Why Do You Coach? I love coaching because I love being a firsthand witness to the darkness of FEAR giving way to the LIGHT of confidence. It is invigorating and keeps me coaching. I will be your biggest cheerleader in the world with respect to moving beyond the fear of leaving one’s comfort zone. That is what the coaches are here for. I love exercise because I know what it has done for me and how it has positively changed my life, my approach to life, and my idea of wellness. I wish to give this gift to others. I think the task for a coach is not so much to help with physical roadblocks, rather I think we are tasked with helping our members move beyond the mental roadblocks. This is the cradle through which confidence is forged to enable us to reach for personal bests, learn to do a move properly, etc. Contact: ulysses@blacksheepsp.com

Jeethu Eapen – Assistant Coach   IMG_5615

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NPTI Certified Personal Trainer
  • NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified in Nutrition
  • TRX and Suspension Training
  • Kettlebell Training for Individuals and Groups
  • Special Training Considerations for Injury and Postural Distortions
  • GoRuck Alum
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach

Her Day Job: Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym

In Her Own Words: Not having an athletic background, weighing in at 220 lbs and not being able to get rid of it for years, I joined the gym. That was the start of my weight loss journey and my love for fitness. Understanding the frustration and hardship that one goes through physically and emotionally trying to lose weight, and the help that one needs during the process, I decided to become a trainer myself. My interest in fitness has transformed not just my body but my whole life. It changed my eating habits, my self-confidence, even my outlook on life. It’s taught me more about myself in a short amount of time than I imagined possible, and allowed me to embrace so many elements of life. I used to only care about ‘losing weight’ – now I am focused on being stronger, faster and living life to the fullest. I consider myself both a coach and a student in all the fitness things I do. I love to teach people and help them accomplish their goals. At the same time there is always something new I can learn, learn better or master a technique. I also really enjoy the atmosphere at Black Sheep. It is competitive and provides team camaraderie unlike anything I have experienced in the traditional fitness industry.

Why do you coach? I am a big believer in the power of eating clean and working hard. My goal is to get everyone to enjoy pushing themselves and to embrace the fun of the WOD at the same time teaching their body the correct movements. I look forward to helping others discover their inner-athlete. As a full time Fitness Coach, Fitness has definitely become a HUGE part of my life. I’ve built solid friendships within the community and impacted the lives of others by sharing the knowledge that I’ve learned. I have a passion for fitness and a desire to motivate and inspire others to achieve remarkable things for themselves. My goal is to contribute to the community so others see the value that I do. I am excited- If Fitness has impacted my life this much in the past few years- imagine what it can do for YOU!!

“Fitness is my Religion and the Gym is my worship place!!” – Tim Henriques
Contact: jeethu@blacksheepsp.com

Jerry McKamy – Assistant Coach IMG_2840

  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
  • CrossFit Judges Course
  • Ph.D, THE Ohio State University, Nuclear Physics (In case anyone cares, my dissertation was in experimental nuclear astrophysics.)

Athletic Background:

  • Multiple-time Intramural Championships in Basketball, Softball, Football (OSU)
  • Backpacking, downhill skiing, whitewater canoeing/kayaking, tennis, volleyball
  • Competitive Ballroom Dancing (Arthur Murray Full Bronze National Top Male, 2002)
  • Began CrossFit December, 2011

His Day Job: Director, Office of Environment, Safety and Health, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. Ensuring the nation’s nuclear weapons complex is operated safely.

In His Own Words: I love all sports.  I’ve played virtually every sport there is (except lacrosse).  I love being active and outdoors.  I love people and teams!  It’s hard to maintain athletic competition in a team environment long after college is done.  Usually athletic endeavors become increasingly solitary ventures.  When my sister encouraged me to try CrossFit functional fitness at the young age of 56 I found all the elements of fitness, sport, camaraderie, and competition that I once had playing team sports.  I never was any good at working out on my own at the gym.  Now I can’t wait to get back to the gym to get around my teammates and crush the workout of the day – well, maybe not crush, that’s for the youngsters, but at least battle through.  I believe in starting every workout with a smile and finish laughing, in between it’s all about getting the next rep!  Functional fitness to me is a physical expression of a spiritual reality and the connections to all of life and what it is to be a healthy, functional human are profound.   What we do at Black Sheep is joy, play, and complete and total focus and commitment to overcoming the unknown and the unknowable and afterward having not a care or a worry left.

Why Do You Coach? I love people and I love teaching and helping people!  Coaching gives me the privilege of working with people to help them get fitter and healthier, and functional fitness at Black Sheep WILL do both!  I love technique which is essential to excellence in all athletic endeavors and I want to help everyone excel at proper technique so they can reach their potential.   I love helping athletes reach goals they didn’t think they could reach and cheering them on along the way.  I want to lighten athletes’ sprits by helping them have fun and smile and laugh while working hard physically.    I enjoy helping others grow and improve physically and spiritually as complete persons. Contact: jerry@blacksheepsp.com

Angel Cabrera – Black Sheep Gloves Angel Boxing

  • Yamasaki Academy Assistant Instructor Level 1 Cert
  • Yamasaki Academy Assistant Instructor Level 2 Cert
  • Yamasaki Academy Competitive Team Cornerman

Athletic Background:

  • Boxing (Local amateur fight)
  • Muay Thai Boxing (WKA competitor)
  • Soccer (High School)
  • Basketball (High School)
  • Highest score in Pac Man (ask about me!)

His Day Job: Director of OneU Campus Ministry at Montgomery College for Covenant Life Church.

In His Own Words: I love being active and I have spent most of my life swinging leather at moving targets. When you prize something, you can’t help promote and persuade others to love it too! I enjoy coaching boxing, Muay Thai, and sports in general. Learning how to box (first from my father, and later a coach) I have benefited from the outside perspective a coach brings to the table. After 14 years of training and competing in combative sports, I am looking forward to taking the lessons learned in the ring to help others.

Why Do You Coach? It is easy to hop in a gym and work out and not see results. It is even easier to hop in a gym and not know how to define results. Our self-perception can be like that of a carnival mirror when it comes to fitness (we think we are too fit, or we think that we are never going to be fit enough) and sometimes we need an outsider’s support. I like providing members with the leadership and direction in the gym. I love people who can say as a result, “I may not be as strong as I want to be, but I am not as weak as I once was.” If I can help guide, correct, shape and support the fitness goals a member has, I consider myself a successful coach.