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 becoming a varsity softball athlete throughout high school. After graduating from Syracuse University, I moved to Colorado to pursue skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. This then 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 known to follow my heart and search out new challenges, both physically and mentally.

In 2007 my heart found CrossFit and 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 just my employees and members, they are my family, and most of all the work is not work, it is FUN, it is thrilling, 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

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

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

Kirsten Stallone

My name is Kirsten Stallone and 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 and was awarded NCAA rookie of the year. During my senior year, I broke my tibia and fibula completely in half and I 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. I immediately fell in love and got into the best shape of my life not too long after that. My leg was stronger and I felt better than ever. The feeling of competition and the change I saw in my body and the mental strength I gained 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

Teaches: CrossfitRivfit

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit - ACE certified personal trainer

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 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

Abby Lang

I’m Abby Lang, and I began my CrossFit journey in a cold, dirty, abandoned mushroom house in Kennett Square, PA, in January of 2013, and have been hooked ever since.

Prior to CrossFit, my athletic background was primarily in swimming, lacrosse, and endurance training. I swam competitively year round from age 5 to age 20. I also competed in several sprint triathlons and took up running in college to compete in the 2012 Delaware Marathon. I also have a love for Yoga and am completing my Yoga Teacher Training this summer.

I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Arts in Business & Mass Communications in May 2011, and with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from West Chester University in May 2015.

I have worked as a coach of various sports for over a decade. So naturally, when I fell in love with CrossFit, I felt the need to share my passion with others. I am hoping to help others become the best versions of themselves and to instill in them a lifelong love of fitness & health.

Certifications:
L1 CrossFit
USA Weightlifting Certification
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
CrossFit Kids Certification
Kettlebell Certified

Matthew Keen

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

GamePlan Athlete

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

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

Ross Kleszics

I believe that in order to improve overall wellness, you must start with a healthy lifestyle, nutritional knowledge, and fitness goals. It is never too early or too late in life to get stronger 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 Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from 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. This experience has allowed me to share, teach, and learn from all of the athletes and trainers with who I have previously worked. My certifications include: NASM CPT, CES, and CrossFit Level 1. There is nothing I love more than a fitness journey. If you have any questions or concerns I am always willing and able to listen.

GamePlan Athlete

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 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: Rivfit

Brian Burke

Before CrossFit, I was a three-sport athlete for most of my life. With football being my main sport, I went on to compete at the Collegiate and Semi-Pro Level, before hanging up my cleats at the conclusion of the 2011 season. I kept up with training, but quickly missed 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 CrossFit was for me!

My favorite WOD is FRAN.

“Don’t be afraid to be Great”

GamePlan Athlete

Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit

Noble Tucker

I am a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and a recent graduate of The University of Delaware, where I majored in Sport Management. I played ice hockey for the University of Delaware Blue Hens’ Division 1 ACHA team from 2012-2015. As a competitive ice hockey player, I eventually found CrossFit in the summer of 2013 back home in California as a means to switch up an off season training program; and due to my competitive spirit, it took my fitness to the next level. I now find CrossFit as a great way to stay competitive and healthy. I am dedicated to sharing my knowledge and passion of CrossFit and fitness to anyone interested in living a healthier, happier life.

Teaches: CrossfitRivfit

Michael Simmonds

A vice that is healthy and addicting- that’s what I think about when people ask me, ‘why CrossFit as a go to fitness regimen?’

For me, it’s simple: I am a believer in staying fit. I have played competitive sports all my life and I like to try the next exercise wave, to stay updated, and connected to the exercise world. After giving my daughter part of my liver last year, I realized that I had taken great care of my body for a moment like that. Not only did it save my daughter’s life, but it served me well too. My healing process was remarkable. Naturally, I was anxious to start working out again, but was still cautioned to do so very slowly. I was looking for an exercise to match my intense desire for working out. I couldn’t lift heavy weights, so I needed something with modifications that was still challenging enough to give me that “high” that comes with the increase of endorphins during high-intensity exercise. That’s CrossFit.

I have also been an avid runner now for ten years. While running on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning, 8 years ago, I experienced my first runner’s “high”. I was never the same after that. I was hooked on running from that day on and at the age of 44, I’m still running.

I began kettle bell training 9 years ago and most recently at the YMCA. I have also taught several TRX classes. My running history has taken me all over the tri-state area and even to Washington DC, Baltimore, and Virginia. My addiction to running is so intense that my running sneakers are the first things that I pack when I am traveling (for business, or leisure).

A co-worker and CrossFit coach told me that I would become a “crossfitter” once I tried the first class. I started watching the Games on YouTube and thought he was crazy! Yet, I wanted to see the BOX for myself. Coach was right, I am a “crossfitter”.

With my passion for running and staying in shape, CrossFit has helped me tremendously. The coaches there have helped me to return to my pre-surgery running distance, speed, endurance, and stamina. This was done through their tailored, expert exercise modifications for me. They carefully modified my sit-ups, lunges, and other exercises through personalized techniques, so as not to cause me any further injuries to my healing body. Their endless encouragement and patience helped me to get where I am today!

Please do not look at CrossFit and think you can’t do it! Please look at it as a lifestyle challenge and a way for you to stay healthy and in shape for life! CrossFit is a key tool in providing athletes and other exercise enthusiasts with motivation to get fit and stay fit.

Come visit and you too will love the Riv.

Think energy. Think stamina. Think increasing health and self-confidence, one workout at a time.

Teaches: EnduranceRivfit

Maureen Reardon

My name is Maureen Reardon and I love to move, practice and play; its something I crave as much as one would a dessert at the end of a gorgeous meal. I started participating in competitive athletics when I was 5 years old and my background contains activities of all varieties, ranging from swimming, volleyball, and basketball, to collegiate rowing and aerial silks, rope, and trapeze. Somewhere along the way, yoga came into the picture and it is now a practice that is almost ten years in the making and still growing and evolving. My practice is informed and enhanced by all of the athletic activities that proceeded it, my training as a chiropractor, and both a 200 hr. yoga certification with NOW: Yoga of New York and a Pre-natal Teacher Training through Pranakriya.

For me, Yoga offers a really great way to cross-train and integrate all the activities of my daily life and my active athletic practices. It is the illusive and essential REST part of my routine that gives me a place to fine tune and tweak new skills and fundamental shapes, while stabilizing core muscle groups. I started teaching at the Riv in 2014 and love having a chance to help clients enhance and expand their own athletic adventures.

Teaches: Yoga

Monique Claudio

Teaches: Yoga

Katrina Gibbons

After moving to DE 3 years ago with my now husband, we were really looking to take our fitness to the next level and at the same time, meet some new friends and make Delaware feel more like home. The Riv has truly become just that, a 2nd home for us. After college, I struggled to find a workout regiment that was consistent and fit my competitive nature. I had heard about CrossFit and all it had to offer and had to give it a try. I’ve been hooked ever since!

I grew up playing sports, was a 3 sport athlete in High School, and continued on to Division 1AA Cheerleading in college at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. I am also very involved in youth Cheerleading and head coach of a team in Middletown, DE. I am just kick starting my coaching career, but have goals to become a certified CrossFit instructor!

One of my favorite things about the Riv is that they offer a variety of classes and modifications for all levels of fitness. When I found out I was pregnant 6 months into starting CrossFit, I was concerned I was going to have to give up something I have grown to love so much. Surprisingly, my doctors recommended for me to keep working out! I was able to do CrossFit for the 1st couple months and probably could have maintained modifying the workouts all throughout, but I decided to start taking our RivFit classes. I absolutely fell in love with the programming for RivFit and found I was able to do most of the workouts without having to modify anything. I have found the RivFit classes to be extremely helpful with increasing my energy levels, maintaining healthy eating habits, and it has maintained my strength to prevent normal pains associated with pregnancy (like back, leg, and foot soreness). Not to go unmentioned, the community is so encouraging and keeps me coming back!

Now, as a member of the Riv staff, I feel even more motivated and eager to get back to CrossFit after the baby is born and to share my experience with all our members and encourage them to get through challenges they may face to reach their fitness and overall health goals!

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