Tricia coach at South Tampa CrossFit

Tricia Will

Co-Owner

Tricia, co-owner of South Tampa CrossFit, has had a love for CrossFit for over 10 years. Tricia realized quickly that CrossFit gave her a way to test her limits and challenge her mind daily.

“There was a time when I didn’t like how I responded to challenging situations, I didn’t love my internal dialogue and I wasn’t confident in my own abilities. CrossFit gave me the tools to change that.”

Making the jump from corporate America to entrepreneurship was a simple decision. After having 2 small children, Tricia wanted a CrossFit gym that was in South Tampa, had beautiful amenities and offered childcare. That is when South Tampa CrossFit was born.

Tricia is responsible for marketing and branding, new member growth and on-boarding, as well as for creating and growing the STC Corporate Wellness Program.

CJ coach at South Tampa CrossFit

CJ Vila

Co-Owner/Coach

CJ Vila has been a local in the Tampa Bay area for over a decade now.  He received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls). Coming from a competitive soccer and baseball background, CrossFit gave CJ the opportunity to push himself both physically and mentally just as he did playing competitive levels of sports.

CJ was a Grid athlete on the 2017 and 2019 Championship Team Tampa Bay Brigade and has been coaching and programming for the past several years. CJ has a passion for fitness and wellness, especially for longevity. One of his favorite things is fitnessing with friends for time.

Certifications
CrossFit L1
CrossFit L2
CrossFit Weightlifting

Breanna Priester

Member Success Manager / Coach

Breanna (Bre as you’ll hear most people call her in the gym) started CrossFit in 2015 training for her off season when she played Volleyball in high school. She always had a passion for fitness and helping others to achieve their goals. She started at STC as a summer intern when she graduated college at Mary Baldwin University in Virginia May 2022. She saw the opportunity and pursued her CrossFit L-1.
Bre comes from a military family background so she enjoys meeting and connecting with new people. She’s excited to spread her passion for fitness and healthy lifestyle with others.
Mike coach at South Tampa CrossFit

Mike Vansant

Head Coach

Michael is originally from Cape Coral and has been lifting weights since age 11. He has been coaching CrossFit since 2015, and over the years has grown tremendously and developed a real talent for accessing his athletes’ abilities and tailoring his approach to training accordingly. He has an easy disposition and a keen eye for correcting movements to make athletes more efficient.

Certifications
CrossFit L1
CrossFit L2
CrossFit L3
USAW Sports Performance Coach

Joel coach at South Tampa CrossFit

Joel Stephens

Coach

Joel comes to us with over 13 years of experience in coaching and personal training. Joel began coaching at Phase 5 Fitness and subsequently owned two separate CrossFit affiliates–Rebirth Fitness and one run out of the Birmingham YMCA. The years and breadth of Joel’s experience have made him exceptional at identifying issues with and correcting movement. Joel takes time to get to know his athletes, their personal goals and limitations, and is excellent at tailoring workouts to meet their needs.

Certifications
USAW Sport Performance Coach
CrossFit L1
CrossFit L2
CrossFit Endurance Coach
Former US Army PT Instructor

Lauren coach at South Tampa CrossFit

Lauren Donahue

Coach

Lauren spent 4 years playing college softball at the University of Southern Mississippi and has always been a competitive athlete. Her background in athletics instilled in her a love of competition and it was the competitive nature of CrossFit that initially attracted her. With two kids in tow, Lauren found a home at South Tampa CrossFit where she could return to her competitive roots and share her passion for health and wellness. 

Lauren loves coaching and watching athletes grow and achieve their fitness goals. Lauren is upbeat and her enthusiasm is infectious.  You’ll rarely catch Lauren without a smile on her face!

Certifications
CrossFit L1
CrossFit L2
CrossFit Kids Certification
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification

Kaite coach at South Tampa CrossFit

Katie Hart

Coach

Katie has always been involved in fitness, whether it be soccer, tennis, or cross country. She was first introduced to CrossFit in high school but didn’t begin dedicating all her time to it until 2017. After graduating from the University of Georgia (go Dawgs) in May 2020, Katie pursued her L1 and began coaching in Athens, GA.

Now, she is excited to help STC athletes excel in body weight and mono-structural movements. Outside of the gym, you can find Katie at the beach or playing pickleball.

Jamie Trainer coach at South Tampa CrossFit

Jamie Trainer

Coach

Jamie joins the coaching staff at South Tampa CrossFit after joining as member in 2022. His journey into the health and wellness space began in 2020 when he took his very first CrossFit class. He was hooked instantly. After completing his L1 in January of 2024 Jamie complete the STC internship and began coaching. Jamie looks forward to meeting new members, as well as making an impact on his community. In his free time you can find Jamie at the sandbar or on the beach.

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