Our Coaches

Dan Vadala (a.k.a. Danny Vee) is the owner and head coach of CrossFit Full Potential, as well as a Lead instructor for Tactical Athlete Training Systems and CrossFit’s Level 1 Kettlebell Trainer Course.  He previously served as the Physical Education teacher at the Pine Grove Elementary School in Rowley as well as the manager and head coach of North Shore CrossFit in Beverly.  Dan has served as a coach and business consultant to a number of North Shore area private schools, gyms, and CrossFit affiliates.  He has been coaching youth sports since 2000 and has been a personal trainer since 2004. His extensive knowledge of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle choices helps his clients reach their full potential.

  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • CrossFit Level 1 & 2
  • USA Weightlifting Senior Athlete/Club Coach
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Certified under Jeff Martone
  • Lead Instructor for Tactical Athlete Training Systems and CrossFit’s Level I Kettlebell Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Running and Endurance Certified under Brian Mackenzie
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified under Kelly Starrett
  • CrossFitNutrition Certified under Robb Wolf and Mathiu Lalonde
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified under Julie Barnes Mauer
  • PENDLAY Weightlifting Program Level 1&2 under Glenn Pendlay
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Massachusetts Certified Physical Education Teacher K-8 and 5-12
  • Massachusetts Certified Elementary Teacher Grades 1-6
  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR/AED Certified

Geoff Turke (aka GT):  Geoff is a full time strength and conditioning coach at Full Potential.  He previously worked as the Teen Director for the North Andover YMCA after serving in the US Army. Geoff considers himself a master gamer, spending countless hours devoted to the craft of XBOX first person shooter games.  When not on his couch in his PJs, you can find him at Full Potential …. in his PJs.  It is also rumored that Geoff has been building a female version of the Latin band Menudo.

  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Certified under Jeff Martone
  • CrossFit Mobility Certified under Kelly Starrett
  • CrossFit Endurance Certified
  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR/AED Certified

Melissa Gagnon – After suffering through 10 years of dance lessons and a very short lived gymnastic career Melissa settled on softball and basketball as her activities of choice.  She played in recreational leagues throughout her school years and played on her high school’s teams before playing basketball in college.  Melissa graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 1994 with a bachelors degree in Accounting and again in 2005 with a Masters in Business Administration.  After a friend introduced her to the barbell, Melissa found CrossFit as a place to toss around heavy stuff without setting off a lunk alarm. 

  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Certified under Jeff Martone
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified under Kelly Starrett
  • CrossFit Rowing Certified under Erin Cafaro
  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • PENDLAY Weightlifting Program Level 1&2 under Glenn Pendlay
  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR/AED Certified

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

Clark Webb – Clark graduated from Depauw University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (Opera).  He is first and foremost an entertainer.  His classes are 75% CrossFit and 50% Comedy.  Clark is not very good at math.  Clark boasts no amazing college athletic achievements.  He’s always been competitive, but focused more on having fun than taking it all too seriously.  Except of course for  the nine years of his life, from 8 to 17, where he dedicated his life to the game of golf….and we mean practicing his short game in thirty degree weather kind of dedication.

Clark found CrossFit Full Potential in October 2011.  Since then, he does his best to live and represent the CrossFit methodology, and believes that “core to extremity” can apply to more than just the work done inside the gym.  He truly believes that if a person changes what is inside, physically or mentally, it will affect every other aspect of that person’s life.

  • CrossFit Level I
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Certified
  • CrossFit Endurance Certified
  • American Heart CPR/AED

Lola Pelletier (a.k.a. LoLo) – Lola is known for always pushing her own limits as well as her clients. She played Division III Women’s Basketball in College, a Level 4 competitive cyclist, and a long time Spin Instructor. Lola competed in the 2010 Bay State Games Olympic Weightlifting Competition, receiving 1st place in her weight and age group. Lola’s biggest thrill is helping people reach their personal goals.

  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Certified CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor
  • Certified Garage Games Judge
  • USA Weightlifting Member
  • USCF Level 4 Cyclist
  • Level 1 Ceritfied Johnny G. Spin Instructor
  • Endurance Certified Johnny G. Spin Instructor
  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR/AED Certified

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”- Aristotle

C.J. Magner - C.J. graduated from University of Tampa with a degree in criminology.  He defended the mean streets of Portsmouth NH as a police officer before becoming a firefighter in Hampton NH.  CJ enjoys cooking chili, rescuing felines from trees, polishing the chrome on his Harley, and detailing the interior of his car. His one true passion is benching when no one is watching.  CJ is a motivational coach who is known to say things like “My grandmother could deadlift more than that” and “Do those Lulu shorts add 50 lbs. to your backsquat?  I didn’t think so.

  • CrossFit Level I
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • Certified Firefighter III
  • Advanced EMT Certified
  • Rescue Swimmer Certified

Braden Verge (A.k.a “B”) – Braden had an extensive high school and college sports career. He played football and lacrosse for Pinkerton Academy before playing lacrosse for Keene State College. It was at Keene that his passion to help train others developed. Braden graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and is currently a teacher at Barron and Fisk Elementary Schools in Salem, NH. He coached lacrosse at Central Catholic High School and coaches a variety of lacrosse camps over the summer.

  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified under Julie Barnes Mauer
  • NH Certified Physical Education Teacher K-12
  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR/AED Certified

James Scully (a.k.a. Coach Jay, Scull-Dawg) – James is a 2010 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and is currently enrolled in law school at Boston College. In high-school, he captained the crew team at Brooks Academy and has a passion for coaching rowing.  James found, and quickly fell in love with CrossFit after leaving active duty.   Outside of the gym he has completed three Marine Corps Marathons.   James loves a good challenge, whether it be a crossword puzzle or a muscle up.  If there was a CrossFit Dancing course, he would be an instructor.  If there was still a CrossFit Nutrition course offering, James would likely be found at Wendy’s instead.

  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Certified under Jeff Martone
  • American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor

Michael Kochansky – (bio coming soon)

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Eban Hathaway – (bio coming soon)

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

 

CrossFit Full Potential

5 Perkins Way Unit 4

Newburyport, MA 01950

(978) 463-9348