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Coaches

Darcy Leslie

Darcy Leslie

Head Coach / Owner (she/her/hers)

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 the owner of Hardware,  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 and very active son!

Email: darcy@hardwarecrossfit.com

Certifications:

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

Dana Fuller

Dana Fuller

Coach (he/him/his)

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
CrossFit DUMBBELLS
American Council on Exercise, Personal Trainer
ACE Sports Performance Specialist
CPR/AED

Alia Khan

Alia Khan

Coach (she/her/hers)

The concept of movement has played an essential part in Alia’s life. Collegiate dancer turned weightlifter. Both experiences were rewarding and contributed to her growth inside and out of the gym. Her goal as a personal trainer/Coach is to encourage individuals to keep their options open, venture into new fitness domains and find their calling.   She 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 believes in having a good balance when it comes to fitness. Be proud of the hard work you’re putting into the gym and be kind to your mind, soul and body. The opportunity to move and build a foundation for your health is a privilege.

Certifications:

USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
CPR/AED

Ozzie Ganet

Ozzie Ganet

Coach (he/him/his)

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 (he/him/his)

Mat first found CrossFit in 2012 while looking for a new style of strength training.  He had spent many years prior focusing on long distance running and lifting weights in a traditional gym setting with a personal trainer guiding him.  After being exposed to CrossFit through his wife, who had discovered it a year earlier, he realized this was the workout program for him.  The combination of strength training and conditioning, combined with gymnastics was way more fun than anything he had experienced before.

Fast forward a couple of years and Mat began coaching internships at two different local CrossFit boxes, Hardware CrossFit and CrossFit Chicago, where he was mentored by some of the most experienced trainers in the Chicago area.  He eventually took a full-time position as a lead coach and personal trainer at a CrossFit box and spent the next few years working with athletes from many different backgrounds.  In 2018 he brought his skills and knowledge back to Hardware CrossFit to work alongside some of the finest coaches in the city.

Certifications:

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

Vasilis Moisiadis

Vasilis Moisiadis

Coach (he/him/his)

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 (she/her/hers)

A former competitive swimmer and triathlete, Katy has always loved the challenge of setting and achieving individual fitness goals. She has found that working with others to help them reach their goals is even more rewarding than meeting her own. Katy discovered Hardware shortly after it opened in 2012 and became one of the gym’s first members. She has been part of the coaching team since 2014. She loves having the opportunity to coach others and to help foster an awesome community of athletes!

Katy’s professional life has taken several twists, but teaching, learning, and community building have been constants. Katy has worked in recreation management, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and higher education administration. When she is not at Hardware, you can often find Katy helping her wife run their small business, Ridman’s Coffee, at the corner of Lawrence and Clark.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Endurance
CPR/AED

Katie Mann

Katie Mann

Coach (she/her/hers)

A Milwaukee native, Katie grew up as a coined  ‘tomboy’ loving sports and getting dirt under her fingernails. Her interest in sports began at a young age where she competed as a gymnast, played competitive softball and dabbled in volleyball as well. Her desire to compete subsided as she entered college and found that she didn’t quite feel comfortable in the typical globo gym /weight room setting…this also coincided with her discovery of what it means to drink in the midwest! 

A career move to Chicago landed her in a position to meet new people and reignited her passion for sports and any sort of community comradery. Katie found Hardware in 2014 and fortunately was able to meet an inspiring community, re-tested her athletic ability and was introduced to the beloved and coveted barbell! 

 Katie’s love for CrossFit ultimately led to a love of Olympic Weightlifting where she has competed locally and nationally as a masters athlete. As a coach, she loves empowering any and all athletes to feel comfortable and confident in their lifting journey and hopes to help members find their inner badass! Katie holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Mount Mary Columbia College of Nursing. Outside of work and fitnessing, she likes thrifting, DIYing, listening to new music and exploring the city with her dog Kilo.

Certifications:

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

Daria LeGrand

Daria LeGrand

Yoga Coach (SHE/HER/HERS)

Daria a professional actor, singer, and dancer. She is a lover of all things movement, health, art, and Kansas City (her hometown). As a yoga teacher, she encourages playful exploration and feeling postures from the inside out, all rooted in the connection between movement and mental health. Daria is a certified nutrition coach and runs her own coaching business, Chomp Nutrition Coaching. She works with clients to untangle guilt and shame derived from diet culture and to build connected, sustainable, nourishing relationships with food. You can also find Daria on her YouTube channel, teaching yoga and talking about nutrition.
Certifications:

200-hr RYT
WAG Certified Nutrition Coach
CPA/AED

Ryan Zaremba

Ryan Zaremba

Coach (He/Him/His)

Ryan grew up in a house where athletics were a part of daily life. He started playing competitive ice hockey at the age of 5 and competitive soccer at the age of 6. Throughout the years, he tried his hand at track and field, basketball, and lacrosse but realized his competitiveness and talents lied in ice hockey. Hockey took Ryan all over the country in high school and college and even the world, playing in Europe for a short time.

Always the tall, skinny kid on the team, Ryan always wondered what it would be like to be considered strong and it took him many years to take the first step into the gym. The intimidation factor and self-conscious feelings dominated his judgment. In 2014 he stepped into the doors of Hardware and began his journey into fitness. In his intro session, he was unable to do a strict pullup, which surprised him. Always a competitive person, Ryan saw himself become fitter, stronger, and more confident. It wasn’t an easy journey often fighting motivation, but he continued to show up and started to see results.

Ryan is an educator by profession and by nature. After years of being a member and learning from the fantastic coaches at Hardware, he decided to take the next step into helping others meet and exceed their fitness goals by becoming a coach. Watching people achieve things that they never thought they could do is one of the greatest thrills to him. He also believes in balance in life, working hard in the gym and treating yourself outside of the gym. Self care is very important to him, but he is constantly trying to employ it in life to varying degrees of success.

The most important thing to Ryan is family and friends. He and his partner Jason have two fur children, Delilah and Delaney, and can be seen galavanting around Andersonville when the weather cooperates.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CPR/AED

Caitlin O'Keeffe

Caitlin O'Keeffe

HIIT COACH (she/her/hers)

Caitlin is a certified group fitness, Yoga, and Spinning instructor with seven years of fitness, health, and wellness experience. Her teaching philosophy is to help students explore challenges authentic and energizing to them in a fun and welcoming environment. When Caitlin is (reluctantly) wearing jeans, she works as a health policy researcher and project manager. In her free time, you might find her knitting while binge watching HGTV, biking the Lakeshore path, or exploring Chicago with pals.
Certifications:

Certified Spinning® Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
CorePower Yoga 200 Hour RYT
Athletics and Fitness Association of America Primary Group Exercise
CPA/AED

Parker Guidry

Parker Guidry

Coaching Intern (they/them/theirs)

Growing up, Parker would never have considered themself an athlete of any kind. While they enjoyed being active – playing in the woods, swimming, dancing – athletics was an intimidating world that they didn’t really feel welcome in. While training for their degree in musical theater, they had several dance and conditioning classes that were focused on fitness as a means to sustainably perform eight shows a week. While this sparked a new interest in fitness, Parker felt that as a trans and queer person, working out at a gym felt exclusive, and not meant for people like them.

Then one day, they were assaulted on the street for wearing heels and makeup. While they made it out safely, they decided that they never wanted to feel unable to protect themself ever again. And that started with wanting to feel stronger. But how? To Parker, gyms still felt inaccessible – until they discovered crossfit (at Hardware, specifically)! The focus on functional fitness made sense: the goal is to become stronger in an “everyday” sort of way. But it was the community that really made the difference. Hardware provided a space where Parker could work out and feel not just welcomed, but celebrated for who they are. Getting to feel strong and powerful and embraced as their authentic self made an athlete out of Parker – even if they didn’t see it in themself at first. 

And now, Parker is dedicated to furthering Hardware’s mission of inclusion in fitness. Because when you can feel comfortable bringing your full self to the table, that’s when the magic happens! And everyone deserves the opportunity to become stronger, regardless of their gender, orientation, race, age, size, or fitness level. As a coach, they encourage everyone to view each workout as an opportunity to build on the strength and skills that you already have. Even in scaling the weight or modifying the movement, there is always a way to challenge yourself, get the results you want, feel good, and have fun doing it.

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CPR/AED

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