Coaches

Magnus Nirell    Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer   Magnus walked into Mount Vernon CrossFit in January 2014. After twenty-five years of software development, and an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle, he was looking for way to get moving and a fitness challenge. Three years later, he is now fit enough to compete. He loves the friendships he has developed at MVCF, and, he enjoys being surrounded by people who share his passion for health and fitness. MVCF is a supportive, diverse community that welcomes all ages and fitness levels. Now at age 53, CrossFit is helping him live his best life. He wishes the same for others, too.

Magnus Nirell

Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Magnus walked into Mount Vernon CrossFit in January 2014. After twenty-five years of software development, and an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle, he was looking for way to get moving and a fitness challenge. Three years later, he is now fit enough to compete. He loves the friendships he has developed at MVCF, and, he enjoys being surrounded by people who share his passion for health and fitness. MVCF is a supportive, diverse community that welcomes all ages and fitness levels. Now at age 53, CrossFit is helping him live his best life. He wishes the same for others, too.

Daniel Lagana    Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer   Dan Lagana has been a coach at Mount Vernon CrossFit since 2013. He first tried CrossFit in 2009. His first WOD? For time: 400m walking lunge. “No problem,” Dan said to himself, and off he went. The next morning, Dan could not walk, and thus began his CrossFit journey of self-improvement. Dan began coaching in 2012 as volunteer at CrossFit Walter Reed and hasn’t stopped since. Dan is a Mount Vernon native and Army veteran.

Daniel Lagana

Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Dan Lagana has been a coach at Mount Vernon CrossFit since 2013. He first tried CrossFit in 2009. His first WOD? For time: 400m walking lunge. “No problem,” Dan said to himself, and off he went. The next morning, Dan could not walk, and thus began his CrossFit journey of self-improvement. Dan began coaching in 2012 as volunteer at CrossFit Walter Reed and hasn’t stopped since. Dan is a Mount Vernon native and Army veteran.

Deirdre Orem    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1&2 Trainer, CF Gymnastics, CF Endurance, CF Kettlebell, Adapted Athlete   Sick of her boring routine at the local rec center (cardio, free weights, abs, repeat), Deirdre tried CrossFit for the first time in 2011. She was hooked immediately – challenging new movements, a different workout every day and an amazing community of people to work out with. In 2013, Deirdre got certified to coach hoping to spread her excitement for all things fitness related to others. There is still nothing quite like the rush of hearing 3, 2, 1…GO! Helping people achieve their goals and inspiring a continued passion for health and fitness is what the MVCF community is all about.

Deirdre Orem

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1&2 Trainer, CF Gymnastics, CF Endurance, CF Kettlebell, Adapted Athlete

Sick of her boring routine at the local rec center (cardio, free weights, abs, repeat), Deirdre tried CrossFit for the first time in 2011. She was hooked immediately – challenging new movements, a different workout every day and an amazing community of people to work out with. In 2013, Deirdre got certified to coach hoping to spread her excitement for all things fitness related to others. There is still nothing quite like the rush of hearing 3, 2, 1…GO! Helping people achieve their goals and inspiring a continued passion for health and fitness is what the MVCF community is all about.

Leah Sibilia    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1   In May 2018, after a couple of years at MVCF, I completed in my first team competition and absolutely loved it! That competition was the start of the journey where my focus on fitness and nutrition became more than just showing up to the gym, completing the workout and eating “healthy”. I started following a regimented nutrition plan and saw my dedication translate into my performance.  The motivation to get my CrossFit Level One certification came from a passion to continue to better myself and also fulfill my natural desire to help others. Additional education includes Olympic Weightlifting Seminar and Coaches Technique Course through CH Fitness and Performance.  I’m just as excited to support others navigate their fitness journeys and help them find their motivation and strength!

Leah Sibilia

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

In May 2018, after a couple of years at MVCF, I completed in my first team competition and absolutely loved it! That competition was the start of the journey where my focus on fitness and nutrition became more than just showing up to the gym, completing the workout and eating “healthy”. I started following a regimented nutrition plan and saw my dedication translate into my performance.

The motivation to get my CrossFit Level One certification came from a passion to continue to better myself and also fulfill my natural desire to help others. Additional education includes Olympic Weightlifting Seminar and Coaches Technique Course through CH Fitness and Performance.

I’m just as excited to support others navigate their fitness journeys and help them find their motivation and strength!

 
Craig Williams- Co-Owner/Head Coach- Level 3    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, 2, and 3; CrossFit Conjugate Methods, Cara Head's Weightlifting Coaches Academy, and the CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Course, StrongFirst Kettlebell, ACA - Paddleboarding Level 1   Craig played multiple sports growing up including: soccer, lacrosse, street hockey and baseball but was always bored when it came to the monotony of practice. He takes this experience and perspective coupled with a degree in Physical Education to Mount Vernon CrossFit. He seeks to provide a fun and stimulating environment, and creative programming.  After discovering CrossFit and nearly 10 years later, he is still both engaged and challenged based on the constantly varied aspect of Crossfit. He has been coaching and competing for the past 5 years. Additional ,he has several years of managerial experience as the Director of CrossFit Balance Thomas Circle.  He has competed at Regionals 2014-2016 as an Individual and at the Games in 2017 and 2018 on the CF Balance Team.  .

Craig Williams- Co-Owner/Head Coach- Level 3

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, 2, and 3; CrossFit Conjugate Methods, Cara Head's Weightlifting Coaches Academy, and the CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Course, StrongFirst Kettlebell, ACA - Paddleboarding Level 1

Craig played multiple sports growing up including: soccer, lacrosse, street hockey and baseball but was always bored when it came to the monotony of practice. He takes this experience and perspective coupled with a degree in Physical Education to Mount Vernon CrossFit. He seeks to provide a fun and stimulating environment, and creative programming.

After discovering CrossFit and nearly 10 years later, he is still both engaged and challenged based on the constantly varied aspect of Crossfit. He has been coaching and competing for the past 5 years. Additional ,he has several years of managerial experience as the Director of CrossFit Balance Thomas Circle.

He has competed at Regionals 2014-2016 as an Individual and at the Games in 2017 and 2018 on the CF Balance Team.

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Andrew McDermott    Certifications: CF Level 1, CF Level 2   Andy is a pedestrian CrossFitter at best since he found CrossFit in December of 2011. His knowledge as a coach is second only to Coach Glassman himself. Consider yourself beyond lucky to be in one of his classes, because you will smile and at the very least chuckle once in your training day. You might even work out, who knows. Andy, surprisingly, has his L2 in addition to his L1 and specializes at using curse words to elicit maximum effort from his athletes.  Aside from his humor and ability to connect with everyone, he brings a great deal of experience and perspective based on his years spent at CrossFit South Arlington and time spent with Power Athlete coaches.

Andrew McDermott

Certifications: CF Level 1, CF Level 2

Andy is a pedestrian CrossFitter at best since he found CrossFit in December of 2011. His knowledge as a coach is second only to Coach Glassman himself. Consider yourself beyond lucky to be in one of his classes, because you will smile and at the very least chuckle once in your training day. You might even work out, who knows. Andy, surprisingly, has his L2 in addition to his L1 and specializes at using curse words to elicit maximum effort from his athletes.

Aside from his humor and ability to connect with everyone, he brings a great deal of experience and perspective based on his years spent at CrossFit South Arlington and time spent with Power Athlete coaches.

Dipo Akin-Deko    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2   Dipo is a Level 2 CrossFit coach who plays lawyer and dad of three when he isn’t at the gym. He played several sports growing up including football, track and soccer as well as working out throughout his 20’s.  After suffering a serious case of the dad-bod, Dipo joined CrossFit South Arlington in 2014 to get in better shape and serve as a thorn in Coach Andy’s side. After several years coaching at CrossFit South Arlington and CrossFit Rosslyn, he is happy to take his talents further south and join the Mt. Vernon Family.  Dipo has experience providing gymnastic, competition and CrossFit Open preparation classes as well as one on one programming for athletes. He is known for lively coaching, his self-proclaimed nicknames and being Coach Andy’s favorite athlete."

Dipo Akin-Deko

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2

Dipo is a Level 2 CrossFit coach who plays lawyer and dad of three when he isn’t at the gym. He played several sports growing up including football, track and soccer as well as working out throughout his 20’s.

After suffering a serious case of the dad-bod, Dipo joined CrossFit South Arlington in 2014 to get in better shape and serve as a thorn in Coach Andy’s side. After several years coaching at CrossFit South Arlington and CrossFit Rosslyn, he is happy to take his talents further south and join the Mt. Vernon Family.

Dipo has experience providing gymnastic, competition and CrossFit Open preparation classes as well as one on one programming for athletes. He is known for lively coaching, his self-proclaimed nicknames and being Coach Andy’s favorite athlete."


Meaghan Cromwell    Certifications: CF Level 1, CF Level 2 Attendee (2008, 2009), CF Endurance , CF Gymnastics attendee with Jeff Tucker, CF Kettlebell , USAW Sports Performance Coach, Adaptive Athlete Coach, Reiki I Practitioner, Aerial Dance & Mobility Instructor, CPR/AED Certified   Growing up a dancer and athlete, Meaghan was looking to continue to stay in shape after her collegiate sports days were over. First introduced to CrossFit in January of 2007, she fell in love with the intensity of the programming and the variation of the movements. Once CrossFit Alexandria opened in the summer of 2007, Meaghan joined as a founding member and soon began coaching once she received her CrossFit certification. Her CrossFit journey has taken her everywhere from CF Alexandria, to Capital CrossFit, to Mount Vernon CrossFit, and all the way down to CrossFit Woodbridge.  After being in the community for over a decade, she knows that CrossFit truly is the best way to not only stay in shape, but to help you live a better lifestyle…two of the reasons why she’s continued to coach and will remain a member of the community into the future.

Meaghan Cromwell

Certifications: CF Level 1, CF Level 2 Attendee (2008, 2009), CF Endurance , CF Gymnastics attendee with Jeff Tucker, CF Kettlebell , USAW Sports Performance Coach, Adaptive Athlete Coach, Reiki I Practitioner, Aerial Dance & Mobility Instructor, CPR/AED Certified

Growing up a dancer and athlete, Meaghan was looking to continue to stay in shape after her collegiate sports days were over. First introduced to CrossFit in January of 2007, she fell in love with the intensity of the programming and the variation of the movements. Once CrossFit Alexandria opened in the summer of 2007, Meaghan joined as a founding member and soon began coaching once she received her CrossFit certification. Her CrossFit journey has taken her everywhere from CF Alexandria, to Capital CrossFit, to Mount Vernon CrossFit, and all the way down to CrossFit Woodbridge.

After being in the community for over a decade, she knows that CrossFit truly is the best way to not only stay in shape, but to help you live a better lifestyle…two of the reasons why she’s continued to coach and will remain a member of the community into the future.

Danielle Dionne- Co-Owner/Head Coach    Certifications: CrossFit L-1, 2, and currently enrolled for 3. CrossFit Endurance Certified Instructor, Aerobic Capacity, Cara Head's Weightlifting Coaches Academy, USA Weightlifting Club Coach, CrossFit Conjugate Methods, StrongFirst Kettlebell,ACA - Paddleboarding Level 1   Danielle Dionne has served as the Managing Director of CrossFit Balance since 2009, where she initiated the development, staffing, and growth of the program, and oversees CrossFit at all three Balance locations. She seeks to encourage a strong, supportive, and friendly community at Mount Vernon, based upon effective and engaging coaching and programming. Danielle brings more than a decade of experience to Mount Vernon CrossFit, as well as a diverse perspective gained as a competitive equestrian, swimmer, rugby, and CrossFit competitor.

Danielle Dionne- Co-Owner/Head Coach

Certifications: CrossFit L-1, 2, and currently enrolled for 3. CrossFit Endurance Certified Instructor, Aerobic Capacity, Cara Head's Weightlifting Coaches Academy, USA Weightlifting Club Coach, CrossFit Conjugate Methods, StrongFirst Kettlebell,ACA - Paddleboarding Level 1

Danielle Dionne has served as the Managing Director of CrossFit Balance since 2009, where she initiated the development, staffing, and growth of the program, and oversees CrossFit at all three Balance locations. She seeks to encourage a strong, supportive, and friendly community at Mount Vernon, based upon effective and engaging coaching and programming. Danielle brings more than a decade of experience to Mount Vernon CrossFit, as well as a diverse perspective gained as a competitive equestrian, swimmer, rugby, and CrossFit competitor.

Jen Meehan- Weekend Warrior Coach    Certifications: StrongFirst Level 1 and 2, StrongFirst KB Functional Movement Specialist, Team Leader at RKC Level 1 2012,   Jen is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals and works with clients of all levels to improve their strength and move better! She is determined to help you find the right training program to fit into your busy lifestyles. Jen encourages you to train with a purpose and train for life!  In 2009, Jen earned her RKC level 1 instructor certification and became a Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist in 2010. She was an assistant Team Leader at RKC Level 1 in May 2012.  In September 2013, Jen attended StrongFirst Level 2 in Philadelphia and earned both her level 1 and level 2 certifications. Jen is also a certified Youth Fitness Specialist and is committed to continuing education by attending workshops and training for certifications. Jen assisted at the SFG Level 1 in Boston in August of 2015 in which she became the 9th woman to accomplish the Iron Maiden. Jen is also an SFB Instructor.  In addition to her certifications, Jen is a former Division 1 cross country and track athlete and has her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She volunteers her time to Saint Mary’s Catholic School by coaching the Cross Country team. Jen is also a busy mom of three wonderful kids!

Jen Meehan- Weekend Warrior Coach

Certifications: StrongFirst Level 1 and 2, StrongFirst KB Functional Movement Specialist, Team Leader at RKC Level 1 2012,

Jen is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals and works with clients of all levels to improve their strength and move better! She is determined to help you find the right training program to fit into your busy lifestyles. Jen encourages you to train with a purpose and train for life!

In 2009, Jen earned her RKC level 1 instructor certification and became a Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist in 2010. She was an assistant Team Leader at RKC Level 1 in May 2012.

In September 2013, Jen attended StrongFirst Level 2 in Philadelphia and earned both her level 1 and level 2 certifications. Jen is also a certified Youth Fitness Specialist and is committed to continuing education by attending workshops and training for certifications. Jen assisted at the SFG Level 1 in Boston in August of 2015 in which she became the 9th woman to accomplish the Iron Maiden. Jen is also an SFB Instructor.

In addition to her certifications, Jen is a former Division 1 cross country and track athlete and has her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She volunteers her time to Saint Mary’s Catholic School by coaching the Cross Country team. Jen is also a busy mom of three wonderful kids!

Allie Jackson    Certifications:   CF Level 1, M.S. Exercise Science, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C), USAW Level 1, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)   Allie has been a fitness professional for almost a decade. She began her journey in undergrad as a personal trainer and has worked in many areas of the industry including military fitness, university recreation, corporate wellness, and more. Allie began as a “self-taught” CrossFitter - modifying WODs from  crossfit.com  in the recreation facility where she worked. After falling in love with the sport and the community, she went for her CrossFit Level 1 and had the opportunity to work with and learn from many amazing coaches in the area. When Allie is not in the gym, you can find her with her favorite pups, Richard and Laurel!.

Allie Jackson

Certifications: CF Level 1, M.S. Exercise Science, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C), USAW Level 1, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)

Allie has been a fitness professional for almost a decade. She began her journey in undergrad as a personal trainer and has worked in many areas of the industry including military fitness, university recreation, corporate wellness, and more. Allie began as a “self-taught” CrossFitter - modifying WODs from crossfit.com in the recreation facility where she worked. After falling in love with the sport and the community, she went for her CrossFit Level 1 and had the opportunity to work with and learn from many amazing coaches in the area. When Allie is not in the gym, you can find her with her favorite pups, Richard and Laurel!.

Matvei Sigalov    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1   Matvei discovered CrossFit at a tender age of 35. He was a runner (4-5 times a week) and a regular, bored out of his mind, gym goer. Having lost about 60 pounds of extra weight, that he gained since moving to the US in 2000, he considered myself to be in great shape. First week at Outlaw Crossfit, in May of 2010, proved him wrong, to put it mildly. Sure, he was skinny, but that was about it. He couldn't do one thing right. Snatches seemed like something unattainable - he couldn't even overhead squat with a PVC pipe. Handstand push-ups - not a chance. The list was long. But what attracted him and eventually got him hooked was the fact the routine was gone and now he was dealing with things that one can spend a lifetime trying to perfect ( unlike bicep curls, for example ).  It has been over 8 years now, he keeps improving and his numbers are still going up.  Coaching was the next step. Matvei was encouraged to get certified by one of his coaches and after three years of being a client he became a coach.

Matvei Sigalov

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Matvei discovered CrossFit at a tender age of 35. He was a runner (4-5 times a week) and a regular, bored out of his mind, gym goer. Having lost about 60 pounds of extra weight, that he gained since moving to the US in 2000, he considered myself to be in great shape. First week at Outlaw Crossfit, in May of 2010, proved him wrong, to put it mildly. Sure, he was skinny, but that was about it. He couldn't do one thing right. Snatches seemed like something unattainable - he couldn't even overhead squat with a PVC pipe. Handstand push-ups - not a chance. The list was long. But what attracted him and eventually got him hooked was the fact the routine was gone and now he was dealing with things that one can spend a lifetime trying to perfect ( unlike bicep curls, for example ).
It has been over 8 years now, he keeps improving and his numbers are still going up.
Coaching was the next step. Matvei was encouraged to get certified by one of his coaches and after three years of being a client he became a coach.