Meet our Coaches:
Our coaches are not only CrossFit certified and experienced trainers, but they’re also avid “CrossFitters” themselves. Every one of our coaches believes strongly in living the life we promote at CrossFit 515.
BOBBY NOYCE – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor; CrossFit Endurance Certified
Bobby was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Bobby graduated from Valley High School and from Drake University in the Spring of 2011 with a degree in Economics from the College of Business and PublicAdministration. Bobby comes from an athletic family and has been active his entire life. Growing up Bobby played any and every sport that he could, and while in high school he won state championships in both football and hockey. He then went on to play Division II college football. After his sports career, Bobby has continued to keep health and fitness a high priority in his life. He has always had a passion for sharing his knowledge on health and fitness to anyone that would listen. Bobby believes he has truly found something special in CrossFit, and like most, only wishes he had found it sooner. He loves to train, he loves to teach, and most importantly he loves CrossFit. Bobby qualified and competed as an individual at the North Central Regionals in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. He competed at the Central Regionals in 2016 and 2017 as well. Bobby competed in the CrossFit Games in 2013 as part of team 515.
“In all of my years of pursuing physical fitness, I knew CrossFit was something very special from my first workout. With CrossFit, I have been able to surpass what I had believed to be my physical limits, and I am fortunate to watch the very same happen to others around me on a daily basis. But CrossFit is more than just a fitness program – it is a way of life. Each workout provides us with an opportunity to grow, in body and mind. It is a daily reminder of the pursuit of excellence, teaching us courage, commitment, and the will to succeed.”
KADY NOYCE – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
Kady is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She competed in gymnastics from the age of 5 all the way through high school. Kady found CrossFit 515 in the Spring of 2012.
“CrossFit is unlike any other workout program. I am extremely competitive, and since being done with gymnastics that competitive aspect in my life was missing. Working out went from trying to look better to seeing what new limits I could push my body to. It’s fun and different every day and I am still constantly surprising myself with what I can accomplish.”
Kady competed on Team 515 at the 2013 CrossFit Games and placed 11th as an Individual at the 2014 North Central Regionals.
Kady and Bobby live in Grimes with their 2 boys, Atlas and Oakley.
ANNETTE DEFRANCISCO – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor, Head 515 Kids Trainer
Annette grew up in Norwalk playing a variety of youth sports recreationally and fondly recalls the years of dance lessons. While raising three sons, she enjoyed being active with them and encouraged their involvement in sports. For many years, her main form of “exercise” was a Nordic Track ski erg and calorie-burning DVDs she could do at home.
Envious of the strength and ease her sons showed when playing she decided to join Crossfit 515 in 2011 as a 40th birthday present to herself with one goal: a strict pull-up. (She got it!) After experiencing how effective and fun this type of training is – she wanted to help others do the same and earned her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer designation in 2015. She is motivated to learn and seeks to understand the “why” behind what we do. She can be counted on any time she is in the gym to offer advice and encouragement to others and is known in our community for her Eat Real Food approach to nutrition.
“I really enjoy getting to meet and work with prospective new members in their Introductory session and coach in the 515 Kids program. Physical activity is necessary for health and I am a firm believer in the effectiveness of Crossfit training. Becoming stronger and more capable will improve your quality of life and this community will help you accomplish goals you haven’t even thought of setting yet. I will gladly tell you all about what it’s done for me, but I would like even more to help you and your kids experience it for yourselves.”
Annette lives in Johnston with her husband and three sons. You can contact Annette here. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
JAIME (NOYCE) KELLOW – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor; CrossFit Endurance Certified
Jaime is very passionate about sports and has been involved in them all her life. Growing up in West Des Moines, she played many sports at Valley High School, including tennis and cross-country, and she played Division I collegiate tennis for the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated from UNI and before training at CrossFit 515 full-time, she worked as an actuary at Nationwide Insurance. She also enjoys running and before finding CrossFit she completed the San Francisco Marathon as well as a number of half marathons and triathlons. Jaime has found in CrossFit something very exciting that she wishes that she had known about when training for her past sports, like tennis. Jaime competed on the CrossFit 515 Regional Team in 2011 and as an individual at the 2012 North Central Regional, finishing in 6th place. Jaime competed in the CrossFit Games in 2013 as part of team 515.
“I have always been a very competitive person, so I love that CrossFit has made working out into a sport. But it is more than that, and for me the best part is watching people change their habits, diets, and lives for the better to improve on their workouts and ultimately to be healthier. I love being a part of that!”
LINDSAY (NOYCE) VAUGHT – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
Like Jaime and Bobby (Lindsay’s siblings), Lindsay played about every sport growing up. Lindsay ran cross country and was a pitcher for the softball team at Valley High School. While attending college at Miami of Ohio, Lindsay began running longer distances and completed the Cincinnati marathon in 2004 and 2005 and the Chicago marathon in 2005. Lindsay earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Miami of Ohio and graduated with a law degree from the University of Denver in 2010. She currently clerks at the U.S. District Court in Des Moines. She started doing CrossFit in June 2010 and is convinced it is the best way to maximize anybody’s fitness potential. Lindsay was also a part of the CrossFit 515 Regional Team in 2011. Lindsay also competed in the CrossFit Games in 2013 as part of team 515. Lindsay lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Justin, their sons, Landon and Carter, and dog, Bandit.
“Health and fitness have always been important to me, but after being introduced to CrossFit I realized my definition of ‘fitness’ was incomplete. I used to think my capacity to run long distances was the ultimate indicator of how ‘fit’ I was. I would run a lot, do a little weight training, do some sit ups, and thought I was in great shape. After Bobby put me through my first CrossFit workout – Kelly – I knew CrossFit was something that could truly make me fit. As a trainer, I love helping people learn new skills, encouraging them through hard workouts, and watching them change their perspectives on fitness as well. CrossFit teaches people to push beyond their perceived physical limits and break through mental barriers; I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
JUSTIN VAUGHT – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
Justin grew up in West Des Moines and played every sport he could until he found his niche in Track and Cross Country. By his senior year, Justin was an All-State runner in Cross Country, competed in the Drake Relays and was part of a state championship track team. Justin went on to run for Drake University. While at Drake, Justin battled various injuries and struggled to string together consecutive pain free seasons. “Most of my injuries in college I now know were completely preventable. I was inflexible, physically weak, and my body was out of alignment. Crossfit has increased my efficiency, strength, flexibility all while getting me closer and closer to my running PRs without pounding the pavement day in and day out.”
Justin graduated from Drake University with a degree in Marketing and moved to Denver, CO. After his competitive running career was over, he tried to find new ways stay in shape. “Some weight training, some biking, some hiking made me think I was pretty fit. My first Crossfit workouts were humbling, eye opening, and eventually addicting. I believe people are a lot stronger both mentally and physically than they give themselves credit for.Â As a trainer, I love empowering people and helping to push them through these barriers.”
Justin is currently working at Principal. He lives in West Des Moines with wife, Lindsay, his sons, Landon and Carter, and dog, Bandit.
SHELLEY NOYCE – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
Shelley has always been a very athletic person and loves sports, both participating and watching. Unlike many of the other coaches, she was not a runner before CrossFit, but instead an avid swimmer and tennis player. She also had no real experience with lifting and was intimidated with the idea of lifting heavy weights. Soon after starting CrossFit she realized that there was nothing to be intimidated about. And although she still likes to swim and play tennis, CrossFit is now her first love…even the running! Shelley qualified for the CrossFit Games 3 years in a row and won the Woman’s 55-59 division in the 2011 CrossFit Games! At 55 years old, she is easily in the best shape of her life thanks to CrossFit. Shelley lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Jim. They have three grown kids (Bobby, Jaime, and Lindsay).
“The thing I love most about CrossFit is that it truely is universally scalable and anyone can do it, whether you are 22 or 55, and no matter what shape you are in to start. CrossFit 515 especially does an excellent job of scaling the workouts and I love how they do their Black, Blue, and Grey WODs for scaling options to make it easy for everyone. I enjoy watching and helping people accomplish new things every day.”
BILLY CODER – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
Billy was born and raised in Northwest MO. In high school, Billy participated in sports including football, baseball, and wrestling. After graduating from the University of Central Missouri in 2000, Billy began a career in law enforcement that took him Southwest, to Arizona. There he spent a good deal of time rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking in his spare time. Billy’s physical abilities helped create opportunities for him that eventually allowed him to serve on one of the country’s most elite special operations units within federal law enforcement.
“I think it was those experiences that really gave me the drive and mental toughness that have allowed me to really enjoy and embrace CrossFit. More importantly, there is a very strong camaraderie and sense of brotherhood within those and similar military environments that I really missed, and I think everyone should have the chance to experience something like that. I didn’t think I would ever see that environment replicated anywhere else…I was wrong. There is something about CrossFit that brings people together in a way that is much different than any traditional fitness environment…it’s really pretty amazing. From my first day at CrossFit, I knew this was what I needed to be doing. My fitness has to be FUNCTIONAL. I have to be able to apply it to what I do every day; that is critically important in my line of work. CrossFit has given me the ability to do this with a much higher level of success than anything I have done over the past ten years. I used to think my twenties were my best years, but I have been able significantly enhance my physical abilities through CrossFit, into my mid-thirties. Most importantly, with that type of functional fitness, I am actually a much healthier person, and that’s what I look forward to most…helping others accomplish that in their lives as well.”
Billy now lives in the West Des Moines area where he works in Federal Law Enforcement. Billy spends most of his time outside of work with his three children who also enjoy doing CrossFit. Billy was a part of the CrossFit 515 Regional Team in 2012. Billy competed in the CrossFit Games in 2013 as part of team 515.
LANCE KELLOW – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
JIM NOYCE – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
MEGHAN MCCOY – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor
JACQUE HARMS – CrossFit Level I Certified Instructor, 515 Kids Trainer