Coaches & Staff

Meet the Crew that will help you every step of the way.

Meredith Simmons

Athletics and sports have been a part of my life starting at a very young age trying everything from soccer to track then to become a varsity softball athlete through high school After graduating from Syracuse University I then moved to Colorado to pursue skiing, hiking and mountain biking which grew into the sport of running and biking. I participate in many local races and have taken part in 4 sprint triathlons. I’ve always been know to follow my heart and search out new challenges physically and mentally.

In 2007 my heart found CrossFit. I have been in love ever since. I have been a CrossFit box owner since 2008 and am now the owner of CrossFit Rivefront (aka TheRiv). The athletes, coaches and staff at TheRiv are not my employees and members, they are my family, and most of all the work is not work, it is FUN, it is thrilling, and exciting and a new adventure everyday!

“Nobody said it’s going to be easy. You have to dig into yourself. Think about your family. Think about the journey itself. THINK IN THE MOMENT.”
-Meb Keflezighi

GamePlan Athlete

Teaches: CrossfitRivfit

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit - CrossFit Endurance - CrossFit Kids - CrossFit Nutrition - CrossFit Gymnastics - CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting

Matthew Keen

Got into weightlifting when I began playing college baseball. After college used working out as a means to replace the competitive aspect that teams sports had provided previously. Have done CrossFit style workouts on my own for about seven years but just joined a CrossFit box for the first time in summer 2013.

GamePlan Athlete

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

Kirsten Stallone

My name is Kirsten Stallone I have been an athlete my whole life. Throughout high school I played soccer, basketball, and track. When I moved onto college at Wilmington university I continued to play soccer where I was NCAA rookie of the year. My senior year I broke my tibia and fibula completely in half and never thought I would be in college level shape again. When I finished college I attempted to stay in shape by just running and trying to stay active, until my friend suggested CrossFit. Immediately fell in love and got into the best shape of my life not to long after that. My leg was stronger and I felt better than ever. The feeling of competition and the change in my body and strength I gained mentally through CrossFit is something that I love and have become addicted to.

My favorite workout is Fran and filthy 50.

One of my favorite quotes is “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”

GamePlan Athlete

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit - ACE certified personal trainer

Ross Kleszics

I believe that in order to improve overall wellness you must start with a healthy lifestyle, starting with nutritional knowledge and fitness goals. It is never to early or to late in life to get strong, and overcome obstacles that once seemed intimidating. I was a decathlete at West Chester University, where I discovered my love for lifting and athletic competition. After that I obtained a degree in nutrition at the University of Delaware. I have been lucky enough to implement and share what I have learned throughout my Crossfit journey.

I met Meredith in 2008 through a mutual friend and box owner. Since then, I have been a personal trainer in Wilmington and now a Crossfit coach which has allowed me to share, teach, and learn from all of the athletes and trainers I have worked with. My certifications include NASM CPT, CES and CrossFit Level 1. There is nothing I love more then a fitness journey. If you have any questions or concerns I am always willing and able to listen.

GamePlan Athlete

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

Mikaelyn Austin

I’m originally from sunny San Diego, but made the trek to the East Coast in 2004 to attend the University of Pennsylvania. There I studied Mixed-Media Production and was a duel sport D-1 Athlete on the Women’s Basketball and Women’s Track & Field teams. After graduating from Penn, I trained as an amateur Muay Thai Kickboxer and served as captain and starting Quarterback for the Philadelphia Liberty Belles women’s semi-pro, full-tackle football team.

In 2010, Crossfit crashed its way into my life like a big mac truck. In less than a week of classes, I was obsessed!! Now, four years later, I am a very proud coach at Crossfit Riverfront and an outspoken advocate of the amazing benefits that Crossfit can provide people of all levels of fitness. As a former division one athlete, I have a true PASSION FOR POWER. So, watch out all you new members… I will have you drinking the Crossfit Kool-Aid before you know it, and looking damn good doing it!

GamePlan Athlete

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting CrossFit Football

John Hanlon

Howdy, I’m John and I have a passion for combat sports. I love mixed martial arts, boxing, Bjj, kickboxing and any other self-defense application. I’m currently a defensive tactics instructor for a federal law enforcement agency and prior to that I moonlighted as a professional mixed martial arts fighter with a record of 4-2.

Teaches: FightFitRivfit

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

Emily Pendleton

In 2013, I earned a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from Temple University. Currently, I am working towards completing my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University, graduating in May 2016.

My experience in athletics includes; High School Varsity Soccer, Tennis, and Swimming; Juniata College Women’s Varsity Soccer; Temple University Women’s Varsity Soccer; and Rehoboth Beach Patrol. During my time on the Beach Patrol I held the positions of a Lieutenant of the Beach Patrol, and Director of the Rehoboth Beach Junior Guard Program.

I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 and have been hooked ever since. I love the positive energy, competitive atmosphere, and overwhelming community support, uniquely found at CrossFit Riverfront.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” –Benjamin Franklin

GamePlan Athlete

Teaches: MobilityRivfit

Josh Reed

‘I played a number of sports growing up, but focused on football and baseball while in high school. After going to college, I got into weight lifting and did a number of different programs before finding CrossFit in 2008. Like Coach Ross, I met Meredith through a mutual friend and box owner and have remained in contact ever since. Outside of CrossFit, I’ve also coached high school baseball and youth football.

I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009, majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice, and I graduated from Wilmington University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Administration of Justice. From 2011-2013, I was a Probation and Parole Officer in Wilmington and New Castle County. While there, I completed training to become a member on the Correctional Emergency Response Team. In 2013, I moved to Seattle, WA to become a Police Officer with the city department. I graduated from the academy and was in the field training portion of the program when I ultimately decided that I wanted to leave law enforcement and pursue a different career path.

I moved back to Delaware and one of the first things I did was reach out to Meredith about getting back into the Riverfront community. Fortunately, there was an opportunity to join the team as a coach and I jumped at the chance! I look forward to giving my all as a coach and seeing the Riverfront community grow and succeed!’

GamePlan Athlete

Teaches: CrossfitRivfit

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

Brian Burke

Before Crossfit I was an three sport athlete for most of my life. Football being my main sport, I went on to compete at the colligate and Semi-pro Level before hanging up my cleats at the conclusion of the 2011 season. I kept up with training, but was quickly missing the competitive atmosphere. I was first introduced to Crossfit in 2012, by a good friend of mine and instantly became hooked. I loved the friendly competition between the members and the encouraging personalities that all crossfitters seem to possess. After waking up the next morning with my body feeling sore like the first time I ever lifted a weight, I knew this was for me!

My favorite WOD is FRAN

“Don’t be afraid to be Great”

GamePlan Athlete

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

Maureen Reardon

Teaches: MobilityYoga

Monique Claudio

Teaches: Yoga

Allie Rozovsky

I graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in psychology and neuroscience. I am studying to go back for my doctorate in psychology and preventative health. I first started CrossFit about a year ago when I met Ross and he knew I would love CrossFit and the Riv. It has become a second home to me and I love everyone here, the atmosphere and the feeling of community. I encourage anyone to try it, there is no age limit, it doesn’t matter how in shape or out of shape you are CrossFit is universal and the Riv will make you healthier mentally and physically. Your body is where you have to live your entire life, prevent disease, take care of yourself and let the Riverfront community help you do it.

Jenny Denicola

Kristen McKenna

Question? Get in Touch at: 302-745-2348 or Info@cfriverfront.com