Meet our Team of Coaches
Physical strength and conditioning has always been a passion for Jeremy Stecker. During high school and college Jeremy focused on course work in sport and conditioning while earning a degree in business management. Jeremy has independently read and studied the literature of strength and conditioning techniques.
Jeremy Stecker opened Eugene Crossfit in 2007. His Crossfit Certifications include (but not limited to): Level I Certification, Level II Attendee, Gymnastics Certification, Coaches Preparation Course, Crossfit Kids Certification, Crossfit Nutrition Certification, Olympic Lifting Certification, and Crossfit Endurance Certification.
Before opening Eugene Crossfit, Jeremy directed his passion for fitness in coaching friends and family at no cost for 12 months. He spent hours pouring over information and brainstorming ways he could help his friends and family become strong and fit. During this time he realized that helping others get fit was how his life’s passion and professional work would come together.
Jeremy has done in depth studies of Crossfit theory, philosophy and unique strategy for fitness. As of September 2012 he has been coaching Crossfit for 5 years. Jeremy Stecker has been coaching Crossfit longer than anyone in the Eugene/Springfield area.
Daren Kromarek has found great success with the CrossFit program. He has spent most of his life in one sport or another. At a young age his father who was a Judo practitioner had him doing somersaults, headstands, jumping rope and competing in Judo competition. Daren went on to compete in Wrestling, soccer and basketball. He played all the sports that were offered in Juneau Alaska where he grew up. Most recently he is enjoying racquetball and running as his main sports outside of CrossFit.
In Feb of 09, Daren was looking for new ways to improve his current strength and conditioning program and found CrossFit. After a short time, the owner of Eugene CrossFit asked if he’d like be in the apprenticeship program and Daren started his pursuit of coaching CrossFit.
Daren was hired as a full time Coach at Eugene CrossFit in January of 2010. He coaches athletes 5-6 days a week up to 6 hours a day. He loves that he gets to help people realize and surpass their fitness and life goals with proper nutrition and exercise using CrossFit methodology. He has fun, is approachable and super nice!
Daren’s CrossFit certifications include CrossFit level 1, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit Mobility, and Goal Setting. Daren has also been on the Eugene CrossFit team and competed at the Northwest Regional two years in a row.
Cheryl Brost is the wife and 40-year-old mother of two who takes on women half her age. Cheryl is most recently a three time “Reebok CrossFit” world games competitor who holds an illustrious academic and athletic resume. In her first year of CrossFIt, Cheryl finished 13th at the 2010 World CrossFit Games and in 2011 she climbed the ranks to finish 7th overall. Cheryl currently holds the title of 15th fittest woman in the world. Cheryl is the official spokesperson of “AltrientTM“.
Samuel Jay is a full time student at the University of Oregon double majoring in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies with plans to pursue a law degree after he graduates. Sam began his journey to Crossfit through his training at a local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA gym. In exchange for his tuition a few times a week he worked the front desk and would stay late to mop the mats. He fell in love with the conditioning classes the competitors there taught. He took up boxing and had a successful 10-0 amateur boxing record in just a years time. The workouts at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym vastly supplemented his running and endurance for his bouts and he particularly enjoyed the camaraderie he experienced during the classes. He was oblivious to the fact that the 21-15-9 thing he was doing was actually Fran or the circuit he was doing was an improvised Fight Gone Bad. It was not long before he began substituting as a coach if an instructor was late or if they weren’t coming. Soon he took over a morning conditioning class where he began to love making up workouts and coaching his friends. After a while the instructors offered to pay him and seeking more legitimacy worthy of their money he registered for his L1 Crossfit Trainer’s Certification. He decided to try his hand at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and searched for a more rigorous training program than the classes at his gym. He joined Eugene Crossfit a month after they moved closer to the university. After only 3 months he began coaching regular morning classes. Ever since he has pursued a higher level of coaching and fitness.
What he loves most about coaching is showing people, through technique and form, that they have the ability to do what the previously thought impossible. Within a few short months of coaching he realized he must know more to become a better coach to give as much as he can to his new friends and this has led him to tirelessly pursue more certifications. So far Sam is certified in Crossfit Olympic Lifting, Power Lifting, Movement and Mobility, Crossfit Endurance Training, Crossfit Gymnastics, and plans on taking as many certifications as he can. He loves to compete as much as he loves coaching and hopes one day to join, his friend, Cheryl Brost at the Crossfit Games.
While growing up Rory Bradley was always athletic, participating in Football, Wrestling, Track and Baseball during his school years. After High School Rory went into the United States Marine Corps. Even while on deployments to many different countries he found the time to train hard. He even played on the base football team for a couple years. After the Marine Corps he noticed the difference when he wasn’t able to get to the gym. He finally moved to Oregon to be near family. When talking to one of his friends from the Marines about training he was informed about Crossfit. That day he looked into and found a gym in the area, Crossfit Salem. The next day he got a hold of the owner and drove over to check it out just as they were finishing the WOD. He was back that afternoon to try it out. He found out very quickly about the benchmark workouts. Fran was the Workout Of the Day. As much as it knocked him down he was back the next day and since then can’t stop talking about how much Crossfit is good for everyone. After doing the regular workouts posted by the gym for a while he found out about Crossfit Football. The training he’d been needing. After a few months decided to get his CFFB certification. Rory was moving down to Eugene and needed to find a Crossfit gym in the area. He met Jeremy briefly at Regionals but was happy to step into the gym and become a part of it. After some time had passed he finally got his Level 1 certification and shortly started coaching classes. Taking a leave of absence he decided to come back and is now coaching many classes at the gym including a strength class. He enjoys helping people get over obstacles and reaching their goals no matter what age or skill level. Everyone needs a little help from time to time.
Born and raised in Eugene, Nikki Busch found CrossFit in 2009 and was instantly hooked. There was nothing out there that compared to the motivation and results that CrossFit had to offer. Early in 2011, Nikki received her Level 1 certification and began coaching at ECF. Relying on her strengths in connecting with people, Nikki is passionate about helping members achieve there goals, and do what they never thought possible. She understands what it is like to juggle family and career while keeping fitness a priority in your life, and encourages members to take advantage of compact CrossFit workouts. Along with coaching, Nikki can be found helping with administration in the office, glad to answer any questions you may have.
Prior to Crossfit, Jason Mathews was an avid runner throughout college, played soccer, ran track and field, and skied (both alpine and cross country). I found Crossfit in 2010 while touring the booths just before my first Eugene Half Marathon. A couple weeks later, I started Crossfit training to strengthen myself and heal old injuries from previous sporting activities. Two and a half years later it’s safe to say that Crossfit did the trick.
In the beginning of 2012, I decided to get my level one Crossfit certification. Along with the camaraderie at Crossfit, I thoroughly enjoy helping athletes increase their fitness and physical abilities.
Outside of Crossfit, I conduct physics research, and love spending time with my wife and baby daughter.
Alex Brost is a Student/Athlete at Sheldon High School where he participates in Football and Track and continues in his Spanish speaking fluency; he has been CrossFitting since 2010. Although Alex is young and not an independent coach, he is an excellent assistant, particularly with our CrossFit Kids and Teens classes. He comes from world class abilities, understands how to best leverage his body, and the importance of technique.
Robin Runyan joined CrossFit in July 2009 and started coaching in November 2011 after receiving her Level One Certification. Although Robin has tried various fitness endeavors, nothing stuck until CrossFit. Robin loves the constant variation, the ability to track results, and, of course, the community. Robin completed the Whole 30 and attended the Whole 9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop in October 2011. She loves helping athletes set new PRs and fitness goals.
Robin loves learning about CrossFit methodology and mobility. Outside of CrossFit, Robin is a massive baseball fan and will always root for the Detroit Tigers. Robin also teaches writing at LBCC and writes for the CrossFit Games.
Danielle Mayo is from Grants Pass, Or. She found Crossfit in June 2011 and from that day forward she couldn’t imagine her life without it. She got her level one certification in May of 2012 and started coaching at ECF in June. She has been a Group Fitness Instructor for the past five years. She is AFAA certified and has had training in cycling, weightlifting, and piyo and various other formats. She enjoys being outdoors, rock climbing, biking, and traveling whenever possible. She is looking forward to starting her new role as a Mom in December and can’t wait to get back to her normal workout/coaching schedule at ECF.
The son of a football coach, Luke Morrow is no stranger to the weight room, he knows firsthand what it takes physically to excel. Luke has always had a passion for sports and fitness. An accomplished downhill longboarder, Luke rides for several companies including Omen Longboards, Orangatang Wheels, and Motion Boardshop. When he’s no coaching at the gym, you might find him on the hills filming new video parts. Luke is currently working towards a degree in physical therapy and holds several athletic certifications including: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kettlebell, and USA Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Coach.
Jen Blackburn took up running after her first child was born in 1998. After running her third half marathon in 2008 Jen was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her shin and found out that her blood pressure was dangerously high. While the stress fracture healed, the lack of exercise and a poor diet led to significant weight gain. In October 2009 Jen met Jeremy Stecker and decided to give CrossFit a try. The crazy fun workouts were a welcome change to running the same routes over and over and the encouragement and support of the ECF Community was amazing. Jen’s blood pressure meds were cut in half within the first two months of CrossFit. Fast forward to 2013. Jen has lost over 25 pounds, and is no longer in need of the medications that were once a necessity. Jen realized that at 41 years of age she was stronger, happier & healthier than she was twenty years prior…and she wanted others to realize that the same could be true for them.
Jen is now certified as a CrossFit Level I Trainer, a CrossFit Goal Setting Trainer and will attend the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification in May 2103. In addition, she completed the Whole30 Challenge and participated in the Whole 9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop.
“My passion is to encourage people through their CrossFit journey. To help them realize they CAN do hard things, they CAN lift heavy stuff, they WILL get stronger and more fit every time they come to CrossFit. The fun we have and the huge community of friends we make is just a bonus!”.
Eugene CrossFit Coaches are incredibly effective.
From perfecting the snatch to fine tuning your nutrition, one-on-one coaching opportunities are always available.Schedule Now
While our Group Coaching program is designed to meet the needs of our large and varied community, when it comes to achieving specific goals, nothing beats private coaching. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, increase strength, improve technique, prepare for an event, or just prefer a more personal setting, an individually designed program equates to faster results.
Private Coaching is an amazingly effective and efficient way to achieve your individual fitness goals. Your coach will work with you to identify and clarify your fitness goals, assess your movement, and design a program specifically targeted at improving your deficiencies and optimizing your strengths, thereby enabling you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.
Your private coaching experience will be tailored to your specific needs, and will include:
- Mobility exercises to improve and restore joint range of motion
- Skill-based warm-up to prepare for specific movement patterning
- Strength and conditioning exercises chosen to specifically achieve your goal
- Post-workout recovery techniques
- Nutritional guidance
- Health, wellness, and lifestyle support
Private coaching is recommended if you have been sedentary for a long period of time, are training for a specific sport or event, have significant health limitations, or just prefer the additional attention and accountability.
One-on-One or with One or Two Others?
To best suit the needs of our members, we offer private coaching with personalized program design in both one-on-one and small group settings.
One-on-one coaching is a phenomenal way to receive the undivided attention of one of our expert coaches, but if it doesn’t fit into your budget, we encourage you to consider our small group coaching option.
What are the benefits of small-group coaching?
- More bang for your buck – Small group coaching is about half the price of an average personal training session, but you still get a program designed specifically for your needs. That means you can train with your coach more frequently for the same investment, or train the same amount of time for close to half the price.
- Train with a friend or meet a new friend – If you have a training partner already, great! If not, we will partner you with another individual who has a similar desire to achieve their fitness goals. Both of you will benefit from the support of training with a partner.