OUR FAMILY OF COACHES
WHAT WE GET TO DO
Everyday we have the privilege of serving people to reach their physical and life goals.
WE GET TO ENGAGE
Every person deserves to feel valued and part of a community that prides itself on belonging.
WE GET TO LEAD
Our actions within and outside of our communities set the standard and provide clear direction.
WE GET TO EDUCATE
As fitness professionals and leaders in life, we provide knowledge and tools to enhance everyone’s level of competency regardless of experience level.
WE GET TO HAVE FUN
We aim to foster high energy, athlete-first training environments where people always have a reason to smile.
Head Coach & Owner
Tom has been active in strength, conditioning, and fitness for over 20 years with an extensive background in performance enhancement, emphasizing sports performance, injury prevention, athlete development, human movement, and Olympic weightlifting. His experience includes the Director of Sports Performance at St. Ignatius High School, the Owner of A.I.M. Personal Training, the International Performance Institute at the I.M.G. Academies, and head Olympic Coach at Black Flag CrossFit. He is currently the C.E.O. & Co-Owner of Black Flag Athletics in Avon.
Throughout his career, Tom has had the distinct pleasure of training numerous state and national champions and Collegiate and Professional Athletes.
His Credentials Include: Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness Specialties, Masters’ Degree in Education (concentration in Health & Physical Education), both from John Carroll University. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Certified CrossFit Level 3 Coach, certified Fitness Specialist, Biomechanics Specialist, and is a U.S.A. Weightlifting Club Coach.
Pete Nelson II
Coach & Owner
Peter Nelson II is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and athlete. He has been in the strength & conditioning field for 10+ years with a large background in ultra-running, CrossFit, and sports performance. His experience includes being Director of Programming at Black Flag Athletics for 5+ years, he has coached hundreds of people of all ability levels, and is a frequent speaker for health & wellness related events. Currently, Peter is the C.O.O., Co-Owner of Black Flag Athletics, and Co-Owner of SISU Lifestyle (a barrel sauna company).
His Credentials Include:
Biomechanics Specialist (NESTA), Fascial Stretch Therapist (Stretch2WIn), Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, CrossFit L1, United States Weightlifting L1, and is Functional Movement Screen certified.
Administrator & Owner
COMPETE Head Coach
Jim Leuenberger is a health and fitness professional dedicating his full attention to helping others achieve their goals. As a Level 2 CrossFit Coach, USA Weightlifting Coach, and Precision Nutrition Coach, he possesses the skills necessary for not only helping you improve your overall health but also unlocking your true athletic potential.
Jim is the Head Coach of the Black Flag COMPETE program which is home to the fittest athletes in Northeast Ohio. The program is designed for athletes wanting to compete in the sport of competitive fitness and for those looking to take their fitness to the next level. He himself has experience training with the fittest athletes in the world along with competing in major fitness competitions across the country.
Jim fosters a positive and fun training environment to help you overcome perceived limitations and reach your goals whether that be to lose weight, build muscle, or compete at the highest levels of the sport. His mindset revolves around education, support, and constant encouragement.
Coach & Sales/Membership Manager.
His education certificates include USAW L1, CF-L1, CF-Strongman, CF-Olympic Weightlifting, CF-Movement and Mobility, and the CF-Competitors Course.
He is diehard when it comes to two things…
The Browns and anything involving barbells.
After “retiring” and a few years of muddling through workouts on my own, I found CrossFit. I have been a competitive Crossfit athlete for the last five years. I have been able to represent Black Flag Compete at competitions such as Granite Games, Wodapalooza, and the West Coast Classic.
I am so excited to be a part of the Black Flag Athletics coaching team. They have been instrumental to my growth over the last few years, and I am hoping to be able to provide a similar experience to other members of the Black Flag Community. This place has become home and these people are like family.
I grew up an athlete, playing multiple HS sports and collegiate volleyball. My competitive nature is my greatest strength and defines me. I love that there’s always something I can improve, and being the healthiest I can be – while remaining sane and enjoying life – is my ever-evolving goal. I’m an early morning person who can’t live without a good (clean) pre-workout. I listen to country music in my car and Eminem in my home gym.
Over the years of my fitness journey, I found I have an even greater passion for helping others achieve their goals and improve their wellbeing. I have my CrossFit L2 and CrossFit Kids coaching certifications and am studying to become a Certified Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner. My goal as a coach is to support your goals – to make you better – and ensure the hour your spend at BFA is the best of your day.
Max graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science in Education while also competing in Track and Field as a thrower for the Buckeyes. He threw the shot put, discus, and hammer and his team went on to win the Big Ten Championships twice during his time at OSU. After college, he began teaching for Avon Local Schools as a Middle school technology teacher. In addition to teaching, Max also coaches Freshmen Football and Varsity Track and Field in Avon.
Max also worked full-time as a Performance Coach at T3 Performance in the summer of 2019 after graduating college. While at T3, he coached both youth and college athletes as well as adult fitness classes. He also coached the T3 Barbell Olympic Weightlifting Team.
When he transitioned out of collegiate athletics, Max found his passion in CrossFit. He is attracted to the competitiveness and community aspect of CrossFit that he had been raised on as an athlete. He received his CF-L1 in April 2019 and has been coaching since.
Amy has coached fitness classes since 2017. She received her CrossFit L-1 certification in 2018 and USA Weightlifting certification in 2019.
Amy is married to Michael Emery and they have two daughters. Amy and Michel both enjoy doing CrossFit and have been participating since 2013.
I love encouraging people along their fitness journeys. Watching people make the commitment to show up to the gym, work hard, and be part of a fitness family is rewarding.
Since being at Black Flag Athletics my husband and I have loved the excellent coaching, the dedication of the staff to truly being invested in their members well being and fitness goals as well as the community atmosphere.
Amy also enjoys spending time with friends, family, and traveling.