Darcy Franklin – Owner/Head Coach
Having been a lifelong runner, Darcy took up the sport of triathlon in 2001 and was hooked after winning her age group at her first event. She enjoyed the variety triathlon had to offer as opposed to just running and noticed an increase in fitness. She placed on the podium for most of the races she participated in, even at the elite level. In 2008 she added CrossFit to her routine and found even greater fitness through constantly varied workouts. She has never looked back.
A former middle school science teacher, Darcy loved working with that age group. She went into teaching with the goal of making science fun for everyone and showing kids they could have success. Her approach to exercise is exactly the same and coaching CrossFit makes this easy. Everyone claims it is fun (when it’s over) and they have their own measurable progress. Outside of the gym Darcy likes to spend time with her family and friends, read and eat peanut butter.
Certifications & Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology
Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction
ACE Group Fitness Trainer
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Level 2 Certified
CrossFit Kids Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified
CrossFit Oly Lifting Certified
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance
FMS Certified Professional
BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED)
Dori Johnson – Coach
Dori was drawn to CrossFit after her first visit. She naturally took to the high intensity workouts that CrossFit offered. Loving the gym’s sense of camaraderie and energy that is contagious, Dori pursued becoming a CrossFit coach. Training under the eye of Darcy Franklin, Dori obtained her CrossFit Level 1 certification in early 2012. In addition, Dori hold her US Rowing Level 2 coaching certificate. She has been involved in the sport of rowing and has competed at the collegiate and national level. Currently she is a part of the Minneapolis Rowing Club’s competitive women’s team. Working diligently at the gym, she makes sure novices learn the basics, improve technique and feel confident in their time spent on the erg. Dori feels workouts achieved on the erg are one of the most efficient full body workouts. CrossFit and rowing are a perfect compliment to each other, Dori looks forward to bringing the experience of both to others!
USRowing Level 2 Instructor
World Paddling Association Level 1 Instructor- Owner of Paddlesculpt
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Adult & Child First Aid/CPR/AED
B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, Oklahoma State University
Julie Kenney – Coach & Head CrossFit Kids Coach
Julie’s career as a pediatric nurse practitioner has fostered her interest in healthy living throughout the lifespan. She has been an active runner for nearly 2 decades and has completed many marathons. Her love of running continues, and when she was introduced to the unlimited potential of strength and conditioning several years ago, she found the benefits to be immeasurable.
Julie started the first 10 years of her career at Children’s in general pediatrics and then made a change to Diabetes and Endocrinology. While in the diabetes clinic, she worked closely with children and families struggling with weight and were developing Type II diabetes at too early of an age. After starting CrossFit herself, she learned of CrossFit Kids. The hope of finding another tool to help kids be healthy motivated her to become a CrossFit Level 1 Certified and CrossFit Kids Certified in just two short months. She finds true joy in empowering others to find their successes, whatever they might be.
Julie’s training and background include:
Master’s Degree as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
CrossFit Kids Certified
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)
She now works in the Emergency Department at Children’s. Julie lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, three kids, two cats and one dog.
Jill Plumb-Smith – Coach
Jill has been a lifelong runner and cyclist. Completing trail runs, marathons and 24-hour mountain bike events has long been part of her routine. Jill enjoys competing, but has always preferred the introspective time available during a challenging distance workout. Adding yoga to her endurance program was a great addition to her mind-body goals.
CrossFit has now set a new standard for her. She not only sees the benefits of interval and strength training for her personal goals, but also is genuinely excited to see other people of all body shapes and sizes reach their own measure of success. Jill is always there with a smile and a motivational word. She is always excited to discuss the latest literature on nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Jill has a passion for teaching members correct movement and position to avoid injury. Members love her sense of humor, attention to detail and her hard work she exudes during her own skill and WOD time.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Certified Yoga Instructor (CYT)
M.S. Landscape Architecture, U of MN
B.A. Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus
Laurie Kocanda – Coach
As an endurance athlete, Laurie has completed over 50 marathons, numerous ultramarathons and two Ironman triathlons. After being plagued by overuse injuries, Laurie found the strength she developed at CrossFit was the perfect addition to her fitness routine. CrossFit has helped to heal her injuries and provides the ongoing core strength needed to keep them away.
With over a decade of experience as a fitness instructor, Laurie is particularly interested in working with new athletes and parents trying to coordinate their busy schedules to include fitness. A co-author to the book Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom, she believes community and support are important tools to lifelong fitness. She’s found both at Tangletown CrossFit.
CrossFit Level One Certified Trainer
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
American Heart Association CPR/AED
M.A. Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
M.A. Journalism, Marquette University
B.A. Writing-Intensive English/Business Administration, Marquette University
She discovered CrossFit in 2012 and it has had a profound impact on her life. Tessa found her leadership skills at a young age and has only continued to grow and foster them throughout her life. She loves coaching and encouraging others to become the best, strongest, most capable versions of themselves! (She also loves doing handstands anywhere she goes.)
Tessa, her husband Charlie, and their adorable dog Kayla live in Southwest Minneapolis. When she’s not at CrossFit, she’s an Account Executive, baker, biker, napper, reader, and doting auntie.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
B.A. Spanish and Sociology, Gustavus Adolphus College
Bill Lee - Coach
Bill first found crossfit when looking for a way to improve his strength and conditioning for hockey. He quickly found it to do that, and much more. The vibrant community fostered at TTCF was fun, challenging, social, and empowering. Eventually, hockey dropped in priority to be replaced by crossfit.
Bill has been a trainer at Tangletown Crossfit since 2013. His goal is to help the members of the TTCF community to be awesome through safe and efficient movement, and to enable and inspire them do things they never thought possible.