Coaches

Leah Anderson

General Manager/Head Coach

About Me

Leah was born in Washington state but grew up mostly in Siloam Springs, AR, where, along with her two siblings, she played recreational sports from a young age. She tried basketball, soccer, swimming, and cross country, but decided her favorites were soccer and swimming, which she competed in throughout all four years of high school.

She studied history at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, and was also a member of the Lady Tigers soccer team for two years. After graduating, Leah moved back home to Siloam Springs where she found Crossfit through the influence of her dad. She quickly became obsessed with the sport and spent all of her extra time training at the gym. She earned her CF-L1 that summer and started coaching part-time at her home gym.

She earned her Masters in Teaching online from Harding University and taught history and psychology at the high school level for three semesters and fourth grade for one year. She continued training, competing regionally, and coaching on the side. She recently decided to leave teaching and pursue her passion for fitness and helping people be stronger, healthier human beings full-time.

When she’s not at the gym coaching or working out, Leah enjoys taking her dog, Bella, on walks, writing for her personal blog, reading (all different kinds of books), playing the piano and flute, hanging out with friends and family, and drinking coffee.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Masters in Teaching
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Cody

Co-Owner/Coach

About Me

Cody is a co-owner and coach at Overland Park CrossFit.  Cody was a multi-sport athlete growing up. He played football, baseball, and ice hockey. Cody worked his way through college as a personal trainer, and he now works full time in law enforcement.

Cody began looking for a training system that would prepare his body physically for the inherent dangers of law enforcement. Cody found that no other training system would prepare him for the unknown and unknowable like CrossFit.

Cody’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing sports, and competing in local CrossFit competitions. Cody believes in each of our athletes at Overland Park CrossFit, and he is committed to helping you achieve your individual goals.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Judges Certificate
CrossFit Scaling Certificate
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate
Certified in AFTA (American Fitness Training of Athletics)
Certified Instructor of Combat Defensive Tactics, Handgun and Long Gun Weapon Retention, Power cuffing, ASP Baton, and Defensive Tactics
Certification in CPR & First Aid
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Amanda

Co-Owner/Coach

About Me

Amanda is a co-owner and one of the founding members of Overland Park CrossFit. She has been doing CrossFit since OPCF opened its doors in 2012. From the very first day, Amanda was hooked and never looked back! Amanda’s favorite part of coaching is being able to help OPCF athletes meet all their goals, big or small. She also loves to motivate athletes to be the best version of themselves inside and outside of the gym. Her favorite things to do at the gym are gymnastics movements and weightlifting and she likes to work on anything she is not good at. Amanda has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and is a Director of Bioanalytical Science at a PRA Health Sciences. When she’s not at work or the gym, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, Cody,  daughter, Emma, and german shepherd, Remi. She also loves to do anything physically challenging!

Certifications

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Tyler

Coach

About Me

Tyler is currently a Doctor of Chiropractic student at Cleveland University. He grew up playing football, basketball and running track. In 2014, Tyler discovered CrossFit and was initially drawn towards the combination of competitiveness and sense of community within the gym. Tyler’s favorite aspects of CrossFit as an athlete are the constant pursuit of improvement and the way a workout feels solely dependent on the intensity in which it is done. Tyler decided to get his L1 Certification to gain a better understanding of the basis in which CrossFit was founded upon and hopefully become a coach, which he did. As a coach, Tyler looks forward to every single class to help members improve a skill/lift and be their biggest cheerleader. He believes there is nothing more satisfying than watching someone push 1 degree further than they thought they could. CrossFit will be a part of the rest of Tyler’s life with the constant ability to learn, grow, and become a part of the family that is the CrossFit community.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Basic Functional Movement Taping
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Jeremy

Coach

About Me

Jeremy grew up playing sports such as basketball, baseball, and football. He also did traditional weightlifting for about 10 years but found himself becoming bored and just going through the motions. After Jeremy tried CrossFit, he was instantly hooked and never left the gym thinking he didn’t get a good workout in. Jeremy has been a CrossFit coach at OPCF for the past 4 years. His passion for CrossFit starts with the community and seeing everyone push themselves out of their comfort zone.  Jeremy is excited to continue to share his experience and knowledge with OPCF’s athletes.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Jesse

Coach

About Me

Jesse grew up in Overland Park and began participating in sports such as football, baseball and track from a young age, and continued these through high school. He attended Kansas State University where he earned his B.S in Kinesiology. Having a strong desire for competition, Jesse was introduced to CrossFit in 2016 and never looked back. He obtained his CF-L1 certification and coached for 2 years at K-State CrossFit.

Jesse moved back home to Kansas City in December 2018 to begin PA School at the UMKC School of Medicine. He loves coaching and pushing others both mentally and physically to be the best version of themselves. He believes that the members and coaches at OPCF provide a community and atmosphere that is unparalleled in the KC area.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)
American Heart Association – ACLS


Perry

Coach

About Me

Perry joined OPCF in 2012 to “add some conditioning” to his martial arts practice, and has been an avid CrossFit athlete ever since. He enjoys the mix of gymnastics, olympic weightlifting and endurance sports. Having been active since his Cross Country and Track High School days, he has many experiences with what has worked (and not worked) to improve his fitness. Perry competed in the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games in the Masters 50-54 age category, finishing 15th and 11th, respectively. He also qualified for the 2020 CrossFit Games in the Masters 55-59 age category.which were subsequently canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He enjoys mentoring and sharing his experiences with others, so that they can achieve their own goals. Perry recently retired from Sprint Corporation after a wonderful 33-year career.  He likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, and workout just a little.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Michelle

Coach

About Me

Michelle played multiple recreational and competitive sports growing up, with the most serious being volleyball. She has been at OPCF with her husband Tony since one of the very first “Workouts in the Park,” and has been coaching since January 2013. She initially became hooked on CrossFit through its intensity, competitiveness, and community. Although she loves CrossFit in general, she especially loves lifting heavy stuff, and has competed in powerlifting, weightlifting, and strongman. Her favorite part about coaching is being able to help others, especially women, discover that they can be strong. She also loves the excuse to geek out about nutrition, health, and fitness, and be able to share this knowledge with others who want to make themselves better. Michelle is a PhD Chemist and Research Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UMKC. In her free time (haha), she enjoys cooking, gardening, discussing the meaning of life, music & rock shows, hiking & backpacking, playing volleyball, and of course spending time with family and friends.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Pendlay Weightlifting Seminar
Iron Sisters Powerlifting Seminar (w/ Jen & Kim Walford)
Freestyle Connection Seminar (w/ Carl Paioli)
Kettlebell training (w/ Linda Gilmour, Iron Bell Fitness)
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


Tristan

Coach

About Me

Tristan is one of the founders of Overland Park CrossFit. He has been doing CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting for over 10 years, after initially being introduced to it as a firefighter. Tristan works for KCFD in the technical rescue division and has been a firefighter for Kansas City, Missouri since 2006. His athletic background is in Ice Hockey, Weightlifting, and Soccer. Tristan enjoys the atmosphere and community that has been built at OPCF. He loves nothing more than to coach his athletes and help them find their full potential and reach their goals

Certifications

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Powerlifting
CrossFit Gymnastics
USAW L2
USAW Club Coach


Tiffany

Coach

About Me

Tiffany started her CrossFit journey in 2012 when a friend asked her to join a class.  At the time, Tiffany did not know what CrossFit was. Tiffany has been hooked ever since. Tiffany grew to love the Olympic lifts and after joining OPCF in 2015, she shifted her focus to learning and growing as an Olympic style weightlifter. She began competing in local Weightlifting meets with fellow OPCF members that soon turned into Overland Park Weightlifting club. Although she doesn’t have as much time now as she would like to dedicate to weightlifting on a daily basis, she hopes to share her passion and knowledge through coaching the OPCF community.

Tiffany works as a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse and has been in the medical field since 2010. In her free time Tiffany loves to do hot yoga, mountain bike, travel, listen to music and spend time with her dog Coda.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


Liz

Coach

About Me

Liz started CrossFit in 2016 when her children begged her to do the 2016 CrossFit Open. Liz. quickly fell in love with CrossFit. In 2018, Liz obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate and also became a member of Overland Park CrossFit. Liz has been involved in some type of fitness since high school when she taught martial arts and received her black belt.

Liz is a retired Pharmaceutical Executive, Nonprofit Executive Director and Consultant. Currently, she serves on the Board of The Pharmacy of Grace, is a licensed Pharmacist and loves to talk about health and nutrition.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, cooking, gluten free baking, golfing, hiking, traveling, reading and walking the family dog, Duffy.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Scaling
CrossFit Masters Trainer Certificate
Basic Life Support
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)
Licensed Pharmacist – Kansas and Pennsylvania


Klaudia

Coach

About Me

Klaudia moved to Overland Park in February 2019 and has been a member of OPCF since her third day in town! She first began CrossFit in May 2015 and was instantly hooked because of the strong and supportive community, the friendly competition, and the constant pursuit of excellence.

Klaudia’s favorite part about coaching is helping athletes move and feel well in and out of the gym. She is very passionate about food and nutrition, and she believes it is the combination of movement and a healthy diet that allows humans to become the best versions of themselves.

Klaudia enjoys seeing athletes crush goals they never thought possible.  She truly believes that Overland Park CrossFit has something for everyone regardless of where they are in their life journey.

When Klaudia isn’t at the gym working out or coaching, you can find her spending time with her husband and dogs, meal prepping (and eating!), or devising the next adventure to take on with friends!

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)
Precision Nutrition Certification (Pn1)


Jake

Coach

About Me

Jake was born and raised in Stilwell, KS and now lives in Spring Hill, KS with his wife and 4 kids. He has been in fire service since 2002. Jake started as a member at OPCF in 2012 and became a coach 8 months later.  When not at work, Jake and his family enjoy camping, hiking and traveling as a family.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
American Heart Association – BLS (CPR & AED)


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