Coaches

Darcy Leslie

Darcy Leslie

General Manager / Owner

Darcy’s love for sports began at a young age and ignited a lifelong passion that still burns brightly. For Darcy, sports helped her to belong (even when most of her teammates and coaches didn’t look like her) and is what ultimately helped her stay focused, taught her leadership and gave her purpose. She was a three sport athlete (volleyball, basketball and softball) from grammar school through college. Darcy received a Basketball, Volleyball and Softball scholarship to Oakton Community College and during her career at Oakton she was honored to be team captain for all three sports.

After college Darcy began her 8 year career on the Chicago Force women’s tackle football team, where she achieved some of her greatest athletic accomplishments. During her career on the team she was a national champion and was decorated with many individual awards every season, including the perennial team Defensive MVP and league All American. Her highest honor of all was being named Women’s Football Alliance Conference Player of the Year in 2013. After retiring from football Darcy was looking to become involved in a sport where she could challenge herself, while also feeling part of a team–and so began her journey with CrossFit.

As a CrossFit Coach Darcy enjoys utilizing her background of sports, fitness and nutrition, while celebrating diversity and inclusion and giving her athletes a platform where they are encouraged and empowered.

When Darcy is not CrossFitting, she enjoys spending time with her wife, their son and two dogs, Dexter and Pig.

Email: darcy@hardwarecrossfit.com

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
CPR/AED

George Fairley

George Fairley

Owner

George is aware of the obstacles many people face on their quest to building fitness. The path he took from an overweight adolescent to winning a state championship in high school wrestling, informed him of the importance that hard work, family support and good coaching play in the development of an athlete.

George has worked in the “Health and Fitness Industry” since 2004 in several capacities, such as globo gym trainer, corporate fitness presenter and trainer, and director of training and head coach at CrossFit Construct in Chicago before opening Hardware CrossFit in 2012.

Helping athletes refine their technique, improve their mobility, or change their body composition, all present rewarding challenges. Being a part of the sense of empowerment that people feel when they are able to accomplish their athletic, fitness, and health goals has fueled George’s passion for CrossFit and coaching. George has a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University.

Email: george@hardwarecrossfit.com

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Kettlebell
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Strongman
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
USA Weightlifting Advanced Sport Performance Coach
Poliquin’s PICP Level 1 and Level 2 Strength Coach certification
NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine (2011 exp)
CPR/AED

Dana Fuller

Dana Fuller

Coach

Growing up in Nevada & New England, Dana always played organized sports (football, wrestling, track). Never the best athlete on the field, mat, or court, Dana excelled at practice and especially loved the conditioning that everyone else seemed to hate. Shortly after moving to Chicago to pursue his doctorate, though, a knee injury and the bad habits of graduate school (not sleeping, heavy drinking, literary theory) caused him to give up the gym & turned him into an unhealthy adult. Having hit a low point around 2005, he worked his way back into a little better shape doing the globo-gym thing on his own. However, in 2009 while taking a long kayak trip on his honeymoon with Melissa diLeonardo (aka, Hardware’s yoga coach & the Chicago Reader’s Best Personal Trainer of 2013), Dana quickly realized he would have to up his game if he was going to keep up with her for the next several decades. A little internet research led him (and Melissa) to CrossFit Chicago where he rediscovered his passion for fitness (and met George). Six years later, Dana is a part-time personal trainer, a full-time dad, and the happiest he’s ever been.

As a coach, Dana is especially interested in helping people achieve their best balance between challenge & sustainability, between working harder than you ever have & having a whole lot of fun. As a proud member of the smart, diverse, and hilarious community that is Hardware, Dana is humbled by the opportunity to help make—and keep—you stronger & healthier.

Email: dana@hardwarecrossfit.com

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
American Council on Exercise, Personal Trainer
CPR/AED

Alia Khan

Alia Khan

Coach

Growing up, you’d always see Alia going head to head with the boys in every sport. Her daily routine consisted of rushing home from school, tossing her bookbag as far as she can (kids, do your homework) and playing sports at the park. (Report card day was not fun)

As she got older, she applied this energy into dancing. With no formal dance experience, she learned a variety of styles on her own. Dancing was her first passion until she found Olympic weightlifting a few months after graduating college. Collegiate dancer turned weightlifter!

One day, walking around the neighborhood… really walking to Pauline’s (Go to breakfast spot- shout out Pauline’s) she found Hardware CrossFit. A few Oly classes in and she immediately fell in love with the sport.

Alia encourages everyone to try weightlifting. She feels strong about the benefits of the movements, especially for athletes who want to be explosive within their respective sports.

Alia loves exploring new fitness endeavors of her own, whether that be with golfing, team sports or agility work. Anything that gets her endorphins raging! She’s a simple gal, loves her family and friends and a gooood cup of coffee with ANY sort of pastry.

Alia believes in having a good balance when it comes to fitness. Be proud of the hard work you’re putting into the gym and reward yourself with a donut or two. Fitness and nutrition, similar to life, is all about balance.

Certifications:

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
CPR/AED

Ozzie Ganet

Ozzie Ganet

Coach

Ozzie was on the Evanston Township High School basketball team in 1975. As was common in the era he grew up in, he spent his entire youth as an athlete playing all sports; baseball, basketball, football and even hockey. Basketball was his favorite. Mostly all of the athletics were “play”, for fun.

He remained athletically active even as he pursued his career as a professional rock pianist. Also, formerly a teaching staff member at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Move ahead 35 years or so, sore calves and all, and we see the fitness-crazed 58 year old. Ozzie specializes in helping people through exercise, diet, and a peaceful mind and spirit, to discover their “will to be fit”.

Ozzie started his Crossfit journey 7 years ago at Evanston Ultfit, and after 4 years subsequently became a CrossFit Level 1 Instructor and began to teach classes there. Ozzie has a passion for teaching and an obsessive nature that that goes along with his belief in the concept of striving for perfection and virtuosity. Those are concepts that unite his musical ability and his fitness life. Ozzie likes to emphatically say, ‘“if anyone tells you cannot get stronger as you get older, they are wrong.” Ozzie believes in being fit over 50.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 2
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/AED
CrossFit Scaling
CrossFit Anatomy
CrossFit Programming

Matt Mcqueen-Crawford

Matt Mcqueen-Crawford

Coach

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
NASM PT
Precision Nutrition L1
CPR/AED

Vasilis Moisiadis

Vasilis Moisiadis

Coach

Vasilis has always enjoyed being active and finding new ways to challenge himself and others. A firm believer in using athletics and sports to pursue personal growth, Vasilis has participated in numerous team and solo sports and activities, including soccer, track and field, weightlifting, and rock climbing. Vasilis has had several opportunities to share his passion and to teach others, most notably through his work teaching adaptive windsurfing and canoeing in Massachusetts.

CrossFit had been on Vasilis’ radar for several years after being introduced to the basic concepts through friends, and the competitive side through the exciting documentaries about the Games. After moving to Chicago in 2017, Vasilis finally tried it out and fell in love with the incredible community and opportunity to learn and apply new skills. Vasilis brings his enthusiasm for fitness, fun, and food to every class he coaches, and strives to help others identify and achieve their goals.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CPR/AED

Katy Weseman

Katy Weseman

Coach

A former competitive swimmer, Katy has always loved the challenge of setting and achieving fitness goals. Cleaning through her childhood bedroom recently, she found a notebook listing target benchmarks that she set, at age fourteen, for her future high school and college swimming career. Little did she know that twenty years later goal swim times would be replaced by similar aspirations in CrossFit.

Throughout her life, Katy has found that working with others to reach their goals is even more rewarding than meeting her own. Her professional life has taken several twists, but teaching, learning, and community building have been constants. Before pursuing her current career in higher education, Katy worked in recreation management as an aquatic director at a YMCA. In that role, she particularly enjoyed teaching adults how to swim, helping them work through their fears and over-thinking of the movements.

Katy found CrossFit late in 2011 and joined Hardware as a member shortly after the gym opened in 2012. The thing she loves most about the experience is learning new skills that she had never been able to do before. During workouts she often thinks to herself “I can’t believe I can actually do this!” She is thrilled to have the opportunity to coach others and to help foster an awesome community of athletes!

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Endurance
CPR/AED

Mitchell Policky

Mitchell Policky

Weightlifting Coach

Certifications:

B.A. Exercise Science
C.S.C.S.
USAW L2
Eleiko Sports Performance
CPR/AED

Katie Mann

Katie Mann

Coach

Certifications:

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
CPR/AED

Jessica Fairley

Jessica Fairley

Coach

Growing up in Arizona, Jessica focused her energy on athletics. In high school, she was a varsity athlete in volleyball, basketball, and track. She and her high school volleyball team won the State Championship in 2003. Jessica continued to play volleyball throughout college, playing for the University of Arizona’s Club team that placed 2nd in the NCCS National Volleyball Championships in 2009. Jessica was introduced to CrossFit shortly after college and found that it filled the void created by volleyball.

Jessica enjoys CrossFit because of the team environment. Athletes make progress because they are pushed and encouraged by fellow athletes. She hopes that athletes will see those benefits as well and appreciate the positive, supportive community we have at Hardware CrossFit.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arizona. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband George, and their gym dog, Reggie.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CPR/AED

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