OUR COACHES

WHO WE ARE

The coaching staff at Arsenal Strength is unmatched in its knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for helping people. Their passion is a large part of what makes the training experience at Arsenal Strength the best in fitness. Our coaches are diverse in their backgrounds, motivations, and strengths. (And weaknesses!) They each have their own story and are relatable in their own way. They’ve been through all walks of life, just like our member athletes. See their stories here.

 

Brooks DiFiore

OWNER/COACH

 

Brooks is a Pittsburgh native and played lacrosse for Stevenson University in Baltimore. While home for the summer from college, Brooks was introduced to CrossFit, and he has been passionate about it ever since. As a coach, he specializes in sports performance for high school athletes.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1

USAW Sports Performance

CrossFit Mobility

 

Derrek Ball

HEAD COACH

 

While Derrick was primarily self-taught as a CrossFit athlete, he has extensive coaching experience, having interned at Reebok CrossFit ONE under their Coach Development Program. After coaching in St. Thomas, he relocated back stateside to obtain his Masters degree in Health, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease from the University of Pittsburgh.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science

National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Level 2

CrossFit Level 3 (CCFT)

USAW Sports Performance Coach

 

 

Derrek Ball

HEAD COACH

 

While Derrick was primarily self-taught as a CrossFit athlete, he has extensive coaching experience, having interned at Reebok CrossFit ONE under their Coach Development Program. After coaching in St. Thomas, he relocated back stateside to obtain his Masters degree in Health, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease from the University of Pittsburgh.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science

National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Level 2

CrossFit Level 3 (CCFT)

USAW Sports Performance Coach

 

 

Bethany Ferry

COACH

 

Bethany’s goal as a CrossFit coach is to make a difference in the lives and fitness of the members of Arsenal Strength. She hopes to be as inspirational as those who inspired her when she first started CrossFit in 2014. What she loves about coaching is when she sees an athlete’s mind open up to understand the methodology and truly comprehend why it works.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1

 

Megan Sicheri

JUST GET FIT COACH

 

Megan Sicheri is a certified Fitness Coach. She has spent 10+ years in the fitness industry helping people improve their fitness and health. She loves teaching group classes and training with clients one on one. She speaks to teen girls about body image and her passion is to help women find strength and confidence through fitness. She is dedicating to making Pittsburgh a healthier city and encouraging people to move more! She loves brussel sprouts, spandex, and red wine.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Certified Fitness & Health Coach

 

 

Megan Sicheri

JUST GET FIT COACH

 

Megan Sicheri is a certified Fitness Coach. She has spent 10+ years in the fitness industry helping people improve their fitness and health. She loves teaching group classes and training with clients one on one. She speaks to teen girls about body image and her passion is to help women find strength and confidence through fitness. She is dedicating to making Pittsburgh a healthier city and encouraging people to move more! She loves brussel sprouts, spandex, and red wine.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Certified Fitness & Health Coach

 

 

Richard Collage

COACH

 

Pittsburgh native Rich Collage has been an athlete for all of his life but more recently developed his passion for Crossfit and coaching. After graduating from University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Biological Sciences and working for several years in the biochemistry industry, he decided to pursue his passion for fitness. Today he’s surrounded by what he loves and has the opportunity to coach and inspire athletes daily. When Rich is not at the box he enjoys working in real estate, cooking and playing with his two dogs, Sully and Olivia.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1

 

Jason Loaney

COACH

 

Jason (a.k.a “Loaney”) was introduced to CrossFit by a friend 4 years ago after suffering a knee injury in soccer and hasn’t looked back. CrossFit has shown him how beneficial functional movement is to our daily lives. After seeing how it changed his own lifestyle, he wanted to give back and began coaching. CrossFit has given him the ability to compete once again, provided undeniable results, a great community, and also the opportunity to help others.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Mobility

 

 

Jason Loaney

COACH

 

Jason (a.k.a “Loaney”) was introduced to CrossFit by a friend 4 years ago after suffering a knee injury in soccer and hasn’t looked back. CrossFit has shown him how beneficial functional movement is to our daily lives. After seeing how it changed his own lifestyle, he wanted to give back and began coaching. CrossFit has given him the ability to compete once again, provided undeniable results, a great community, and also the opportunity to help others.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Mobility

 

 

Tom Hudzik

COACH

 

Passed down from his ancient fore-fathers, the desire to pick up and put down heavy stuff, smash things, and make loud noises run in Tommy’s bloodline. Tommy discovered CrossFit in 2013 and his first attempt at an Rx’d thruster literally knocked him on his ass. However, he quickly fell in love with the sport of fitness, embraced his heritage, and with the help of the some very patient Coaches realized the potential CrossFit provided to make him a stronger athlete.

Tommy believes that the desire to embrace the unknown and ucomfortable will not only improve one’s fitness but bring positive change to all the other aspects of your personal and professional life.

When Tommy is not in the gym, he can be found wandering aimlessly around the streets of Pittsburgh, suiting up for the Pitt City Rugby Club, and eating cookies and pizza.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Football

CrossFit Endurance

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