Scott Sparks
Owner – Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • Crown Point HS Boys Assistant Basketball Coach and S&C Coach 2002-2005 (6 Scholarships, 2 D-1)
  • Wheeler HS Boys Assistant Basketball and S&C Coach 2011-2013
  • Boone Grove HS Girls Volleyball S&C Coach 2016-2017 (Multiple Collegiate Players)
  • Wheeler HS Boys Basketball S&C Coach 2016
  • Purdue University Northwest Men’s and Women’s Basketball S&C Coach 2016-2017
  • Purdue University Northwest Men’s and Women’s Tennis S&C Coach 2016-2017
  • CrossFit 219 Owner/Coach 2016-Present
  • 219 Elite Sport Performance Owner/Coach
  • Purdue University Northwest Assistant Basketball Coach 2017-2018
  • Purdue University Northwest S&C Coach through 219ESP (230 Student-Athletes) 2018-2020

Certifications:

  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certified Sport Performance Coach
    • ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Street Cred:

  • AAU Junior Olympics Track & Field State and Regional Gold Medalist High Jump, Long Jump, 400m
  • AAU Nationals: 8th 400m, 7th Long Jump, Silver Medalist High Jump (State Record) 1986

Crown Point High School

  • 1994 All Area Basketball & Baseball
  • 1994 Top 100 Basketball
  • 1994 Team MVP Basketball (21 points, 10 Rebounds per game)
  • 1994 All Duneland Athletic Conference Basketball and Baseball
  • 1994 School Record 41 pts
  • 1994 All-State Basketball

Purdue University Northwest                                                                                                                           

  • Athletic Hall of Fame 2016
  • 1995 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year
  • 1996 All CCAC
  • 1997 All CCAC
  • 1998 Team MVP, All CCAC and CCAC Player of the Year, All-American HM
  • 1995 & 1998 CCAC Champions

PNW Career Rankings 

  • 3rd Scoring
  • 7th Rebounds
  • 2nd FG Made
  • 5th Free Throws and 3pt FG Made
  • 5th Steals
  • 10th Assists, FT %, 3pt FG %

Jeanette Gray

Coaching Experience

Basketball

  • Ball State University WBB Assistant 2003-2006
  • Hammond Clark HS Head GBB Coach 2006-2007
  • Highland HS Head GBB Coach 2007-2009
  • Valparaiso HS Head GBB Coach 2009-2013
  • Morgan Township HS GBB Coach 2013-2014
  • Lake Central HS Assistant GBB Coach 2015-2019

Softball

  • Highland HS Assistant Softball Coach 2007-2009
  • Valparaiso HS Assistant Softball Coach 2012
  • Lake Central HS JV Softball Coach  Present

Soccer

  • Lake Central HS Assistant Soccer Coach 2015

Track

  • Lake Central HS Assistant Track Coach 2017-2020

Football

  • Lake Central HS Assistant Football 2016-2020

Street Cred:

3x Hall of Fame Inductee

  • 2009 Valparaiso High School – Volleyball, Golf, Basketball, Softball
  • 2008 Valparaiso University – Basketball
  • 2018 Women’s Football Hall of Fame

1999 Valparaiso High School Graduate

  • 1999 First Team All-State Basketball
  • 1999 Second Team All-State Softball
  • 1999 Indiana Basketball All Star

2003 Valparaiso University Graduate

  • 2003 Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2003 NCAA Tournament Participant (First Time School History)

Chicago Force (Women’s Tackle Football) 2010-2017

  • 5x All-American
  • 2014 Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2013 WFA National Champion
  • 2nd All Time in Receiving Yards WFA

US Women’s National Team (Tackle Football) 2013 & 2017

  • 2013 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Champion
  • 2017 IFAF World Champion

Certifications

  • International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA)
    • Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1

Karly Taylor

Coaching Experience:

  • USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling 2007-2010
  • Parisi Speed School – S&C
  • 219 Elite Sport Performance 2018 – Present

Street Cred:

  • USA Gymnastics Trampoline National Champion 2006

Munster High School Diving:                                               

  • 2009 Conference Champion, Regional Champion
  • 2009 9th Place State
  • 2010 Conference Champion, Regional Champion
  • 2010 9th Place State
  • 2011 Conference Champion, Regional Champion
  • 2011 5th Place State
  • 2009-2011 All Conference

Eastern Michigan University Diving:

  • 2012-2013 Mid-American Conference
  • 9th Place 3m, 10th Place 1m
  • 2013-2014 MAC 9th – 3m, 10th – 1m
  • 2014-2015 MAC 5th – 3m, 8th – 1m

Education:

  • BS in Exercise Science

Steve Runyon

I started my CrossFit journey in 2013. I have to admit that even though I play college football I was intimated walking into a CrossFit box for the first time. I quickly found out that CrossFit fed my competitive drive and love of team sports and I never looked back. In 2015 I became CFL1 certified to share my passion and experience with others. I served in the US military for 6 years and currently work as a Director of Nursing over five primary care clinics in NWI.   In addition, I am the Assistant Football Coach at Munster High School.  I can be loud and intense at times. I love to see push their bodies to do things they didn’t think they could do anymore. CrossFit 219 has quickly become a second family to me and I am proud to be a part of this amazing community.

Emily Thompson

Growing up with a twin brother and playing all the sports, being competitive was something that came natural to me. I did track for two years in college, but then during my junior year I had to get knee surgeries which led to me having to drop from the team. I tried to go to the bro-ish globo gyms, but missed the competitiveness that came from working out with a group of people. I stumbled into my first CrossFit gym in 2016, and immediately got hooked. I went on to get my L1 in 2017 and since then have loved coaching and being a part of people’s hype team. When I’m not at the gym, I work as a barista and then I’m currently in school tackling my Masters of Social Work. I’m also obsessed with my dog named Willa.

I believe in 100% what Pat Sherwood says, “The goal is just to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam. So remember that, relax, and have fun”

Coach Laura

Coach Laura is an Elementary Teacher, Level 1 Crossfit Instructor, and a Nutritional Coach. She brings 7 years of experience as a CrossFit athlete and 3 years of experience as a CrossFit coach to the gym. Laura began her CrossFit journey in 2013 when she decided she needed a change from her sedentary lifestyle. With no athletic background and having never played a sport, Laura was not sure CrossFit would be the right fit for her. She decided to give it a try and has never turned back. CrossFit quickly became an outlet that pushed Laura to new levels and allowed her to seek her personal best. Her experiences led her to not only have a passion for CrossFit, but also for overall health. As an avid athlete, Laura quickly learned that while exercise was important, it was only one piece to the puzzle. In 2018, Laura continued her education by receiving her Nutritional Coach certification. Laura now works with individual gym members to teach them about nutrition and to help them create personalized nutrition plans. She is passionate about showing members how to fuel their body properly to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Zuzu A. Smith

Zuzu is a competitive Tumble and Trampoline gymnast and has earned four straight National Champion titles in Tumbling. She has also earned several awards for Trampoline as well. She traveled to Russia and Japan to compete on behalf of the United States in Tumbling. She is currently training at Twiststars Gym. She has been doing CrossFit since she was 11 years old after her first broken ankle. She found thru her training she was able to transition right back into her sport and compete at a high level due to the work and effort she put in at CrossFit and 219 Elite Sport Training. Zuzu caught the training bug and began to help coach classes a year ago and took the CrossFit L1 class but was unable to be certified due to her age. She hopes to become certified when she turns 17 and one day coach full time as well as she would like to attend college at Purdue and become a Sports Psychologist. She has three sisters, she loves art and excels in math! She loves to train and work with our youth athletic program.

Tyler Campos

I grew up in East Chicago and moved to Highland in High School. I started working out to lose weight and successfully lost 80+ pounds in my journey. I found CrossFit through YouTube and quickly fell in love with the competitive nature of it. CrossFit has become my passion and I plan on getting better day by day. I love the nature of CrossFit because your results are what you put into it. My favorite quote is “Hard Work Pays Off”. The community at CrossFit 219 has been the driving factor on why I show up everyday. I am currently working towards getting my CrossFit L1 at the moment. When I’m not doing Crossfit, I play baseball to help satisfy that competitive nature of mine.