A message from Coach Dan

Dear Friends,

I wanted to write a short note to formally let you all know that I will be stepping down from my coaching position at CrossFit On the Hill. While it may come as a surprise to some of you, it has been a decision I’ve been mulling over for the past year or so. Different life circumstances have brought me to this decision and I feel like the timing is right for me, my family, and for the gym. If anyone would like to sit down and talk about specifics I’d love to share as nothing is a secret or private but I’ll spare you all the essay by just keeping it concise here. I’m going through a season in my life where it would be best for me to reduce my commitments and areas of responsibility so that I am no longer spread thin. This decision has nothing to do with any change in my love for COTH or coaching but rather has to do with my personal and internal wellness. My last class will be this coming Thursday at 11am.

Often times stepping down from a position means goodbye but this will not be the case. I’m going to make every effort to still be a part of the COTH community by attending events and especially by hopping into classes here and there. While I will no longer be coach, I’m excited to start a new face to our relationship as work out buddies and fellow classmates! I deeply cherish the COTH community and have expressed to Joel and the other coaches how sad it would make me to leave the community completely. While taking a break from coaching is best for me during this season of my life, taking a break from working out with and hanging out with all of you definitely is not!

Most importantly I wanted to say thank you. About four years ago I got my L1 certification from CrossFit HQ with a lot of eagerness and excitement about growing my passion for CrossFit from just working out to combining that with my desire to help others. After contacting many gyms in the Boston area, God led me to this special place in Mission Hill and looking back it makes me so glad and grateful that I ended up with all of you. Javy, the founding owner, graciously gave me a shot at being a coach and it’s been such a joy and formative part of my life.

Thanks to everyone who welcomed me warmly to the gym as a new member, intern, and then coach. Thanks to all of you who entrusted me with your workouts, goals, and fitness. Thanks to everyone who made my classes so enjoyable with your friendliness, hard work ethic, sweat, and kindness. And thank you all for committing to our community not only through fitness but through your friendship. You’re what makes COTH not just a gym but an awesome community.




  • Jenna Tonet says:

    Coach Dan,

    Since I started at COTH back in April of 2014, you have been such a motivating coach. Your Tuesday 7PM class had quickly became a favorite, and I have always looked forward to coming to your classes. While this news is deeply saddening, we all know you are making the best decision for you and your family.

    – Jenna

  • Adam says:

    Coach Dan,

    I really appreciated the opportunity to learn from you. You were an incredible teacher and motivator, best of luck with the new focus in whatever else you are pursuing.


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