Our Coaching Staff have dedicated part of their lives to advancing the Sport of Fitness through CrossFit. We proudly call ourselves not only CrossFitters, but athletes, mothers, fathers, spouses, teachers, competitors, coaches, and friends.

Shawn Butler

// the general

This seemingly nice guy will offer you “the Kool-Aid™”, and once you have drank, nothing will ever be the same! You will soon find yourself as part of the Cult Family. Through his tutelage, you will be transformed mentally and physically, by means of this exercise program called “CrossFit” — but the rabbit hole goes much deeper. It is also a sport where competitions occur daily, weekly, and monthly, both locally as well as world-wide. Coach Shawn is a five (5) time CrossFit Regional Competitor and future NPGL Grid Athlete, always striving and committed towards mastery of this sport. His passion for competition is only matched by his need to coach and help others — a symbiotic relationship of coach and athlete helping each other. He believes that teaching peers is one of the best ways to develop mastery. When ordinary people get together and work towards common fitness goals, extraordinary Athletes are born!

Dani Butler

// co-owner and bootycamp director

Upon first glance, Dani might be mistaken for a typical wife and mother. Once you put a kettle bell into her hand however, she transforms into a modern day super hero, changing from “woman” to “whoa man!”.

Mild mannered and demure by day, WOD crushing fitness crusader by night (and the AM classes she runs for the brave), coach Dani can help turn a home maker into a heart breaker with her custom Boot(y) Camp workouts and nutritional information. As a CrossFit certified trainer and part time fitness model (check her out at a competition near you), Dani has the working skill set to hone that missing edge to our FiveStar athletes and provide the no-excuses asskicking direction to both new and veteran alike.

Mike Wiggins

// head coach

This modern day horse whisper has a passion for farm animals — he molded his physical prowess bare back wrestling with them. After two years of becoming one with a family of bears in West Virginia, and with several much needed showers and rabies shots obtained, we were able to reintegrate him back into civilization and into our FiveStar fold.

While delousing his belongings, we discovered a small collection of awards, including medals for ranking 2nd in the 2013 Michael Strange Comp, another from 2012 finishing 1st in the Mid-Atlantic Hopper Open Division, and a 2012 3rd place finish in the Test Your Metal competition. Scribbled in crayon on a piece of maroon construction paper under what appeared to be the cinnamon teddy graham bear is what Wiggins believes to be mention of 4 years of D11 college football, but our experts could not confirm this.

Nik Hecht

// head coach

Nik is a thirty-year-old welder at a steel mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who lives with his dog Grunt in a converted warehouse. Although he aspires to become a professional dancer, he has no formal education, and works as an exotic dancer by night at Mawby’s, a neighborhood bar and grill which hosts a nightly cabaret.After seeking counsel from his mentor Hanna Long, a retired ballerina, Nik attempted to apply to the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory, however Nik became intimidated by the scope of the application process, which includes listing all prior dance experience and education, and he leaves without applying.

After a few years of FiveStar training, Nik gets a chance at an audition to dance school. At the audition, Nik initially falters, but begins again, and he successfully completes a dance number composed of various aspects of dance he has studied and practiced, including breakdancing he has seen on the streets of Pittsburgh. It’s this dedication and determination Nik brings to the FiveStar coaching family, and what he hopes he can instill in you. Nik is very approachable, and is more than happy to assist you with everything from proper form in a power clean to picking the right leotard to show off your calves.

Kyle Hecht

// assistant coach // Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Being a grown adult the same height as a 12 year old, Kyle knows how hard it is to get taken seriously, especially when your sister is an athletic rock star. That’s when he discovered competitive kite flying, where lack of size and the sex appeal of leukemia don’t hold a flame to keen hand-eye coordination and color coordinated socks and shoes. After a debilitating injury to my shoulder on a particularly windy day at regionals, his doctor recommended he take up an actual sport to help his recovery — this is where CrossFit came into. 2 years later and he’s happy to brag about how his 85lb deadlift triple banded pullups are really earning him respect at home and with the ladies. His only goal is to help others achieve their potential too.

Joel Burgos

// coach in training // Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Joel is a fellow Fivestar Athlete who has joined our coaching team. His journey to better health and fitness started 4 years ago when he weighed 225lbs and was pre-diabetic. Along the way to losing 60lbs he found CrossFit and fell in love with the Methodology of the sport of fitness.
Joel believes that because of his experiences and fight for better health and fitness he can relate to people who struggle with the same thing. He looks forward to showing you that anything is possible, and that you will never be bored with CrossFit.

Greg Tomlinson

// coach in training // Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

Greg is one of the newer coaches in training, but has been a FiveStar athlete for several years now. Having been an avid high school sports player, competing in both soccer and wrestling, he needed something more to help him improve recovery and elevate his energy. After a stint as a self-described “gym rat”, Greg came to FiveStar after hearing about CrossFit looking for a better way to train for Broad Street Runs, a few Tough Mudder and related obstacle courses, and a Triathlon Sprint. His real life application of both the CrossFit as well as the FiveStar training systems can assist both the novice and veteran weekend warrior like himself improve their times and abilities.

Shaun Morrison

// coach in training // Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

On the evening of July 11th 2012 Shaun walked into a free CrossFit class with his buddy, knowing nothing about Crossfit and looking to spark his fitness routine again, little did he know it would become an inferno. Shaun had always battled a smaller frame and found it difficult to gain any real mass. After years of various fitness programs and routines with little or nothing to show for it he finally found the solution at CrossFit FiveStar. The tremendous coaches at FiveStar taught and encouraged him to a level of fitness he never realized existed. Not only did he find the ability to gain mass, he found a passion and joy for fitness that he never experienced in any gym. Now a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer himself he wants to help others achieve their fitness goals and experience that same passion and happiness for fitness.

Through our combined knowledge, experience and CrossFit Methodologies we have developed the ‘CrossFit Fivestar Way’ — to better serve you, our athletes. So please trust and respect your coaches, because someday you may be standing beside them as a coach too!

Interested in becoming a Coach? First you must be a FiveStar athlete, then ask about our Coach-To-Be Program.