Andrew Tucker is the owner of Acceleration Fitness and Sports Performance as well as the Head Coach of CrossFit Gulf Breeze. Tucker has his Master's Degree in Sports Medicine (2005), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)(2005), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)(2003), has his CrossFit Level 1 Cert(2009), and USA Weightlifting Certified Performance Coach Certified (2011). He is the Head Strength Coach of the Pensacola Ice Flyers, and the Pensacola State College baseball team, and helps to train the Gulf Breeze track team, Pensacola Catholic basketball team, and the Gulf Breeze swim team in their pre- season conditioning. Athletically, Andrew Tucker played football and ran track for Gulf Breeze High School. He later went on to play college football, finishing his career at the University of West Alabama. Tucker's athletic career advanced exponentially when he was selected to train for and earned a spot as an esteemed member of the US Bobsled Team from 1995-1997 and 1999-2002. Tucker competed on the National team, Europa Cup team, America's Cup team, and was part of the deligation and a forerunner for the team in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Shannon Kohles , Acceleration Gym Manager
Shannon Kohles received her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from University of Northern Colorado in 1999. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)(2005), She is also a Certified Personal Trainer(CPT), as well as Acceleration Sports Fitness and Performance's manager. Shannon came to Pensacola in Sept 2000 for Naval OCS at Pensacola NAS where an injury led to a medical discharge. Because she loved the beaches from the first day, she made Florida her home. She has participated in triathalons on both individual and team levels. When not managing Acceleration, Shannon is an avid SUP'er and enjoys cooking.
Jarett Venn has his Bachelor's Degree from the University of West Florida in Exercise Science. Jarett earned his CrossFit Level 1 Cert(2010), is USA Weigfhtlifting Performance Coach Certified (2011), and is a Certified Personal Trainer (2006). He is also the Endurance Coach and the Olympic Weightlifting Coach for CrossFit Gulf Breeze. Athletically, Jarett played soccer at Gulf Breeze High School, has competed in triathalons such as the Florida Ironman in 2010 and actively competes in CrossFit events hosted by the Garage Games. JV also travels annually on surf expeditions.
Scott Weaver , Floor/Maintenance Manager (Personal Trainer and Youth Speed & Sport Specific Trainer)
Sallie M. Franz, Media Department
Sallie came to Acceleration Fitness and Sports Performance as a client in June 2012. Wanting to be a part of the fitness family that has been instrumental in forging new paths for her post-total hip replacement surgery, now works the Front Desk and manages social medial and holds an L1 CrossFit Certificate April 7, 2013. She enjoys creating memories with her teenage daughter, jet skiing, horseback riding, darts, movies, and CrossFit.
Andrea Sullivan, Childcare Manager
Andrea graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science. She is married to retired Lt. Col. Paul Sullivan and they have 3 children, Reilly (20), Mallory (18) an d Austin (15). She previously ran a gymnastic camp in Virginia before moving to Gulf Breeze. Andrea enjoys being outside, working out and the beach. She is extremely committed to working with children to bring out the best in them and making sure they have fun!
Ginger Bogan, Front Desk Customer Service
Ginger started working out at Acceleration in 2009. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Excercise Science at UWF and concurrently obtaining her Personal Trainer Certificattion. Her favorite CrossFit WOD is "DT: which consists of 5 rounds for time of (12) Deadlifts, (9 ) Hang Power Cleans and (6) Push Jerks. Movements Ginger enjoys most are Pull-ups, HSPU's, Pistols and OHS. In 2014, she has set a goal to become L1 CrossFit Certified.
Earl "The Pearl" Tucker, THE Concierge
Earl Tucker was Gulf Breeze Recreational Center's Head Coach for 10 years. "Pop" enjoys sports, cooking and people.
Lindsay Bowman (L1 CrossFit Trainer Certified and KidFit Trainer)
Lindsay is one of our veteran Level 1 Cert CrossFit coaches. She graduated PJC in 2010 (2 months prior to her high school graduation) with an Associate Pre-Nursing Degree, She will graduate in Spring 2014 from UWF with her Bachelors in Physical Education teaching education . Lindsay has completed over 200 hours of practicum work at Gulf Breeze Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Once she graduates, she plans on teaching Physical Education in an elementary school setting. An enterprising, reliable young woman, Lindsay has nannied for the same family for 4 years. She has been employed by Acceleration for approximately 5 years and with CrossFit Gulf Breeze since our doors opened. She is also CPR/AED certified. When Lindsay isn't working or in school, she enjoys Crossfit, reading, and swimming. She boasts an impressive 3:22 "Grace" and 155 # Clean.
Ray Millsap (KidFit Trainer)
Ray is our new KidFit trainer. He received his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2008 and has is certification in functional training as well. He believes training isn't just for looking great but also feeling great and setting life-long changes. Ray moved here in August of 2013 to help with a church plant as a youth Pastor which flows over for his passion to help kids succeed. Ray likes any kind of pick-up games or physical group activity that requires teamwork. He's glad to be part of the Acceleration Family and in Gulf Breeze.
Patricia Phaneuf (L1 CrossFit Trainer Certified)
Trish obtained her L1 CrossFit Cert October 2012 and currently works for Sarcred Heart. She conducts our CrossFit Orientation classes which prepares new athletes to integrate into any workout. Trish has to her credit her first Muscle-Up in August 2013 as well as, sits atop the majority of our Benchmark/Nasty Girl Box Records. She enjoys SUP, absolutely anything active and engaging her children with fun and interactive healthy lifestyles.
David Bryant (L1 CrossFit Trainer Certified and Crossfit Mobility Trainer Certified)
David obtained his CrossFit L1 Certification in April 2013 and his Crossfit Mobility Certification in August 2013. David is a Police Officer for the Pensacola Police Department and has 27 years of Law Enforcement experience. David joined Acceleration Fitness in August of 2011 which started his journey into Crossfit. When David is not serving his community, he enjoys time with his wife Ally who also enjoys Crossfit!
Jeanne-Marie Smith, Yoga Instructor/Teacher 500 RYT Certified,
Jeanne-Marie began her yoga journey while earning her BA in Philosophy and Anthropology from University of West Florida ('97). She began her asana practice in 2000 while living in Miami at The Yoga Institute of Miami. In 2011, with the encouragement of her husband and teachers at Abhaya Yoga Center, Jeanne-Marie enrolled in the inaugural teacher training program at Abhaya led by its director, Nancy LaNasa, and senior teacher, Rebecca Sathre. Jeanne-Marie completed the program in May 2012, becoming a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher. In 2013, recognizing the opportunity for growth, she completed her 500 hour teacher training at Fish Tree Yoga with Jan Atkins, Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher, and Teri Leigh, Trained Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher. Jeanne-Marie's love for yoga runs deep and her enthusiasm exudes in her dynamic classes. While having practiced and trained in a variety of yoga styles, including Jivamukti and Sivanada, she has found a passion for teaching yoga based on Baron Baptiste's methodology. In 2014, she is attending level one teacher training with Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. Jeanne-Marie resides in Gulf Breeze with her husband and their twin boys.
Mary Pene, Epic Instructor
Kammi Tibbs, 25 years teaching everything from Cycle to Muscle Max to Yogalates
Jessica Isakson, Epic (bootcamp), Muscle Max and Spin Instructor
She graduated from UWF with a degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Jessica is certified through AFAA and enjoys running and triathalons.
Susie Harton, Spin Instructor
Susie’s Business Degree is from Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL 2008, FiTour Indoor Cycle 2005, Spinning® Certification 2012. She has 6 years teaching Group Fitness in Florida and Wisconsin. Susie loves to play tennis, SUP, ski and anything adventurous!