OWNER, Programmer, Coach
Jeff made his way to West Virginia via Long Island, NY. He came to West Virginia University as a Track & Field decathlete, where he earned All Big East Honors and also won a world title in natural bodybuilding. It was during his experience as a collegiate athlete that Jeff fell in love with the field of Strength & Conditioning. During Jeff’s sophomore year, he began interning under his world renowned Strength Coach, Mike Barwis. He then graduated from W.V.U. with a B.S. in Physical Education/ Teacher Education Degree and a Master’s Degree in Strength & Conditioning. During his graduate tenure he worked with football, track, cheer, and basketball teams along with various other sports. Upon graduation he was offered an Assistant Strength Coach position at W.V.U. working with men’s and women’s basketball. This position made him the youngest Strength & Conditioning coach in the country. During his four years with those programs, W.V.U. hoops went to the Elite 8, Sweet 16 (twice!), won the N.I.T. and made trips to the N.C.A.A.s and W.N.I.T.
Jeff decided to leave the W.V.U. Athletic Department to focus on functional fitness. At this time, he became a firefighter in North Carolina and took a job with the Greenville Fire Department training the Fire Academy classes in general fitness preparedness. From there, Jeff was recruited by his former boss, Mike Barwis, to join Barwis Methods. Barwis Methods is a private training facility where Jeff worked with all levels of athletes including Olympic and professional. (During this time, Jeff held the Stanley Cup and also had an Olympic Silver Medal around his neck!)
Jeff ultimately decided to move back to West Virginia and, keeping his focus on functional fitness, he bought CrossFit Morgantown in 2014. In 2014 he also went on a first date with his wife, Sarah. Jeff and Sarah were married in 2015 and now have two amazing baby boys, Arlen and Mackie.
In 2018, Jeff became the 1st and only CrossFit Trainer in the state of West Virginia to earn his Certified CrossFit Trainer Certification (CCFT CF-L3). He also holds many other certifications through CrossFit and various organizations in the Strength & Conditioning field. He is thrilled to bring his expertise to the Morgantown community.
Sarah is a Coal Miner’s daughter from right here in Morgantown. Prior to moving back to her beloved Mountain State, she traveled the country, and world, as a Producer creating innovative work focused on community-centered problem solving and community development. In addition to her work at CrossFit Morgantown, she is also a local radio personality hosting “Jeff & Sarah In the Morning” on WKKW and “Talk of the Town with Dave & Sarah” on WAJR.
At CrossFit Morgantown, Sarah serves as the C.O.O. In her role, she uses her extensive background in business management and community engagement to help move the CFM mission forward. She is the proud wife of CFM Owner and C.E.O., Jeff Giosi, and mother to their spirited sons, Arlen and Mackie.
Leanne started coaching at Crossfit Morgantown in the Spring of 2019. She grew up just outside Morgantown where she graduated from Clay-Battelle High School in 2010. She then went on to throw for the Concord University Track team and receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education in 2015. Leanne currently resides in Morgantown with her twin sister. She has always liked the idea of having a pet bunny, but has never fully committed to that yet. Maybe 2020 will be the year “Lollipop” finally happens. She also does not have very many hobbies and suffers from extreme hermit-itis, however she’s always a fan of a good laugh. She will frequently find herself googling “fun facts” and “fun puns” to fill her free time outside the gym.
As a coach and athlete, Leanne enjoys the Olympic lifts most of all. Her personal favorite is the hang clean, but she enjoys teaching them all. Her personal fitness motto is “mind over matter”, and this transfers into her coaching as she helps athletes surpass their own perceived capabilities. She enjoys working with athletes of all strength and ability levels for this exact reason. She is always looking for ways to continue growth as a coach in order to do this. Leanne has her Level I Crossfit certificate, Crossfit Weightlifting, and Crossfit Gymnastics certificates. She has also been certified for personal training through ACE and has her CPR/First Aid through American Red Cross. Leanne will also be taking her Level II Crossfit course in February, and plans to continue learning and growing in every way possible thereafter.
Joel is from the small town of Fayetteville, WV and moved to Morgantown in 2009. He and his wife Lisa have several fur children: two dogs (Cale and Molly) and three cats (Lurk, Neo and Otis). He loves cooking, listening to music, writing, and a good slow-burn movie. His background is in manual labor with jobs ranging from construction to landscaping, having learned a great deal from working with his Dad from a young age.
He began coaching CrossFit in September 2019, after having been a member since September 2017. He found more than just a physical reward through CrossFit, rather a catalyst for greater change in his life outside of the gym. He received his Level 1 Certification in January 2019, initially for a better understanding of CrossFit but it sparked a desire to help others discover what our sport has to offer. Joel is grateful to all of his fellow CFM members and staff for helping him come out of his shell and transition into this role as Coach Joel, the Ninja.
CrossFit Morgantown Kids Director
Lisha was born and raised in Core, WV which is just outside of Morgantown. She graduated from WVU in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She quickly found a passion for working with children and currently works in early intervention with WV Birth to Three. Lisha has a 3-year-old dog named Pistol, who loves to go on walks and hikes with his favorite human. Speaking of walks, you can usually find her out around Morgantown when the weather is nice with her twin sister, Leanne.