COACHES"Set your goals high and don't stop till you get there." ~Bo Jackson
I played collegiate baseball at D3 Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. I moved to Portland in 1998 and became a Fireman for Portland Fire and Rescue. I started Crossfit in 2012 at CFHV in order to keep in shape for work. My first workout was “Cindy” and I was immediately hooked!
I started coaching because I believe that Crossfit not only changes people physically but mentally. I love watching people push through things that they thought they could never do. I believe that anyone can get in the best shape of their life with Crossfit no matter when they start and I look forward to being part of it!
Crossfit Level 2 • Crossfit Strongman • CrossFit Olympic Lifting • Training Think Tank
My husband and I tried CrossFit in 2015 to support a friend. I was 100% hooked after my first box jumps! I’ve always been active and have played competitive sports my entire life! CrossFit provided this wife and mother of three a place to be competitive, learn, grow, challenge herself, and make friends! Soon after moving to Portland I received my L1 and started coaching. The move made me realize how thankful I was for the consistency of the Crossfit community and I wanted to be part of building others up! The thing I love most about coaching is getting a front row seat to the transformations happening in the lives of the members in this community! ”
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Coming from sports driven family I have played sports throughout my life—soccer, basketball, and baseball. I chose to take baseball to the next level and play collegiate baseball at Linn Benton Community College before transferring to Montana State University-Billings to continue my passion for baseball at a Division II school. While at MSU-Billings I finished up school and graduated in May 2015 with my Bachelors in Business Management. I thought I was always in decent shape from playing sports my whole life until my baseball career came to an end and I stopped exercising. From always being in a routine from morning workouts, school, back to baseball for several hours, and then back to schoolwork, I just got in the hang of it. A couple months went by with no working out, I told myself I needed to get back in a routine.
My best friend Mack (West Regional Athlete) had been trying to get me to do it for several months but I would not even try it because I was scared. In September 2013, I started doing the dreaded “Sevens” workout. Since finding Crossfit I have been in the best shape in my life, achieving goals I never though were possible prior to Crossfit. Not only has CrossFit has pushed me but it has now allowed me to coach others and help them reach their fitness goals and not only watch them crush workouts, bend bars for PR’s in the gym but also outside of CrossFit.
Level 1 Certified • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
I began my Crossfit journey in 2012 after my parents brought me to their Box for a drop-in. Needless to say I was hooked from the beginning. Crossfit gave me the athletic background which helped me walk on to a collegiate level Crew (rowing) team. During my four years of undergrad I raced at the varsity level and competed all across the country. After graduating school with a degree in Kinesiology, I began personal training. This led me back to my Crossfit roots and gave me the incredible opportunity to start at CFHV. I love watching our community members working their best every day.
Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Hello! My name is Amanda Koester and I’m super exited to be the new CrossFit Kids Coach at CrossFit Happy Valley! I was born and raised in a small town in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Psychology, Human Relations and Social Work. I was a special education teacher for many years, working specifically with children on the Autism Spectrum. Some of my hobbies include paddling outrigger canoes and dragon boats, competing all over the United States, Canada and Europe, and received a gold medal along with many silver medals as a member of Team USA in 2015! I moved to Portland in 2016, and currently reside in Happy Valley with my family, and I’m a proud mom to our amazing 14 month old daughter, Tatum.
Crossfit Level 2