Meet Our Team
Owner and CoachCrossFit L1 Certified
USAW Sports Performance Coach
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
Yoga 200 hr RYT
I was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania and grew up playing competitive sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball (until I stopped growing), cheerleading (sitting on the bench…that’s a story to be shared over a beer or two) and any other sport I could talk a coach into letting me try. I moved to Ohio to pursue a career in supply chain and attended The Ohio State University. At 5’4, my chances at being a hitter on their volleyball team was pretty low so I turned my focus to school. During and after college, I picked up activities like running and weightlifting, but I always missed the competitive element of team sports and became bored of the same old workout routines. When I moved to Minneapolis, a girlfriend recommended CrossFit and after turning her down several times, I finally caved in and signed up for an intro class. I was hooked and signed up for membership that same day.
Six years later, I am excited to pursue my passion for through Icehouse. I love that CrossFit is infinitely scalable and inclusive of all athletic levels. The CrossFit community is unlike anything I have experienced, the Icehouse community is 2nd to none!
Olympic lifting & strength training
Jumping out of planes
Owner and Head CoachCrossFit L1 Certified, CrossFit L2 Certified
I was born and raised in Carlock, Illinois (so small that it’s barely on the map). I was the kid that would never come inside. I played five sports during high school (softball, basketball, volleyball, track, and soccer). Being nearly 6 feet tall by the time college came around, I realized that basketball was the way to go. I attended Bradley University, majoring in basketball but graduated with a degree in history.
After college, I had a short layover in St. Cloud, Minnesota to knock grad school off my to-do list. I pursued a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Management, and it was then I finally found my calling and something I was passionate about.
After graduating, life took a sharp left turn towards corporate America, where I traveled and worked out at a global gym (insert sad face). In 2009, the CrossFit rays of light shined down and I took my first class, where I tackled the Filthy 50. Through this sport, I have met so many great people, lifted heavy things, and have had the opportunity to participate in some local competitions. I have been a CrossFit athlete for five years and a coach for two, and now a gym owner! Seeing people do things they never dreamed were possible when they walk through the door is what makes CrossFit so special. I am excited to build strong athletes and a strong community at CrossFit Icehouse.
• Strength & programming
• Endurance sports
• Climbing rocks
• Dancing like a white girl
Jake "Omaha" Haile
CoachCrossfit L1 Certified, CrossFit Gymnastics Certification, BA Psychology
Born and raised in Omaha, NE, I moved to Fargo, ND in 2005 after graduating Westside High School. I played both baseball and lacrosse at the high school before continuing lacrosse at the division 2 level for Minnesota State University Moorhead. My main area of study at university was in psychology before discovering a passion for working with individuals with special needs. It was my love for psychology, and discovering how to affect the overall attitudes a person holds about themselves and others, that led me into the world of health and fitness.
Combining my passion for psychology and for working with individuals with special needs also led me to develop a strength and conditioning program for this population. I am currently the program director for a health and greatness program for a nonprofit organization that supports individuals with special needs.
I found CrossFit through the development of “FARGOMANIA,” a fitness competition specifically designed for people with special needs. I was instantly attracted by both the passion for helping all people to create positive changes in their lives through movement and the adaptability of the programming.
CrossFit has become more to me than just physical fitness training. It is a way to both share and grow, no matter who you are, in becoming the person you deserve to be. The overall life transformations I see in my athletes on a daily basis continues to inspire me to strive to improve and grow along the way on my own life journey.
• League basketball
• Mountain biking
• Sports analysis
• Behavior modification theory
• Human kinetics
• Adapted sports coaching
• Special Olympics programming
CoachCrossFit L1 Certified
I was born and raised in Rogers, North Dakota. Growing up I played Football and Basketball all through high-school. After graduating I attended Valley City State University. There I met my wonderful wife Mimi while getting my Business Management degree. While at VCSU, I also played one year of college football. After deciding I didn’t want to put my body through the rigors of football anymore, I turned all my attention towards school. During college I found CrossFit through a football player I was friends with. After one CrossFit workout, I was hooked. I had found a new way to compete, but more importantly, strengthen myself as a person.
After graduating college in 2014 I took a job in banking. It was soon after I started my banking career that I realized I wanted to coach CrossFit. I realized that CrossFit not only provides health benefits, but a community as well. That is what inspired me. I have been doing CrossFit for 5 years and coaching full-time since October 2017. Seeing people changed by CrossFit in so many different ways is what I love most about being a CrossFit Coach. I am truly inspired everyday by athletes in the CrossFit community and their achievements.
Nutrition CoachPrecision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
I grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Gymnastics and writing music were my passions in my early years and throughout high school. It was a difficult choice, but I chose music over gymnastics; attending Valley City State University for a degree in music composition. On the first Sunday before my college career, I attended a church service put on by Campus Crusade for Christ. There, I met a wonderful man named Jordan, who soon after introduced me to CrossFit. I liked it so much I married him! (Okay, there might be few other reasons). The gymnastics element of CrossFit is what got me hooked, since it gave me a lifelong outlet for something I love to do.
As Jordan and I became more interested in our fitness and health, we tried all the diets – convinced that each new one would be the answer. We tried paleo, zone, macros, calorie counting, and even a brief period of plant-based eating after watching a documentary. However, all of these diets left us feeling restricted and stressed out (think counting almonds, ridiculously precise recipes, and food scales.) It wasn’t until I studied the latest in nutrition science and change psychology while getting my Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification that I was able to finally relax about food. We’ve since given up any rigid “food rules” and adopted PN’s general guidelines for healthy eating. Food is becoming fun again, and we continue to see results. I am so excited to share what I’ve learned and help others discover how to enjoy food while reaching their goals!
Finding yummy, easy recipes
Gymnastics and dance
RYT 200 Yoga Certified (twice)
I was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. I went to Fargo South High then went on to MSUM to earn a degree in Art History, (not recommended). I hardly played sports growing up. I had a brief stint in volleyball and did a year of track in junior high. I found yoga at the tender age of 14 and began an inconsistent practice. It wasn’t until I was 24 that I began to practice more regularly and decided to pursue a certification to teach yoga. In the next three years I earned two separate RYT 200 certifications. I taught yoga for two more years before I discovered Crossfit Icehouse through my husband. After that, yoga and Crossfit became my fitness addictions.
I jumped at the chance to be part of Icehouse’s Flux program. I absolutely love meeting all the new people and seeing how much a person can grow and progress with dedication and support. I am very excited to be a part of a process that helps people recognize everything they are capable of.
CrossFit L1 Certified
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
I was born and raised in Hazen, North Dakota. I grew up playing basketball, golf and track and field. I was not blessed with a tremendous amount of athletic ability, but I was blessed with tremendous amount of heart and hustle. I prided myself on being an elite teammate, so when my high school athletic career ended, I joined a new team in the North Dakota Army National Guard (NDARNG). During my time in the NDARNG I continued to pursue personal and professional development, including the study of strength and conditioning.
The Army required I maintain a certain level of conditioning, but I missed being an athlete and I missed being on a team. My introduction to CrossFit came when I attended my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer seminar. I found Icehouse very shortly after my certification seminar and am infinitely grateful for that; I am an athlete again and I found my team.
I am passionate about improving and extending quality of life, keeping athletes injury-free, and fostering a supportive environment. I am absolutely living my dream here at Icehouse and am committed to, “Building Everyday Athletes”.
Listening to Audiobooks and Podcasts
Strength and Conditioning Programming
Long Walks Around my Neighborhood
Resident Gym DogPuppy Kindergarden Grad
- Howling along with Sirens
- High Fives
- Running Laps
- Puppy Play Dates