Coaches and Staff

Here at Power and Grace Performance, all of our coaches are dedicated to building well rounded and capable athletes. It is our aim to provide our athletes with all of the necessary tools to be successful in reaching their goals. Our coaches have years of experience in each of their specialties and continually pursue excellence. Our team of coaches constantly collaborates with each other to provide outstanding resources for all of our athletes, no matter what sport they are in. Get to know them more individually below.

Spencer Arnold

As early as I can remember, weightlifting and strength and conditioning have been a part of my lifestyle. I remember attempting to snatch and clean in my basement as a middle schooler with Walmart weights filled with sand. As high school came along and athletics began to consume my focus, it became extremely evident that while I loved sports I was far better at training for them than actually competing in them. (This may have had something to do with the fact that I weighed 85 pounds a freshman) This spurred a love for the principles of fitness in me that would never leave. In college, I continued my training in Olympic weightlifting at a CrossFit gym. At the time, they were the only facilities allowing athletes to utilize bumper weights and drop them from overhead.

My introduction to CrossFit was both perplexing and fascinating. I immediately began to apply all I had learned about strength and conditioning to a completely new model of fitness. Eventually this led to coaching and programming for the athletes of the CrossFit world. Furthermore, I continued competing in Olympic weightlifting and finally after 15 years, I found myself competing at the National level. This also eventually allowed me the opportunity to coach athletes to the same level.

The definition of fitness, discovery of the basic principles of strength and conditioning, and application of both to athletic training has always been my greatest fascination. Taking what’s old, tried, and true, and applying it to new methods ideas, or models for training is what makes coaching so fun.

Certifications
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
USAW Sport Performance Coach
USAW Club Coach
USAW Level 2 National Coach

Athletic Achievements
2006 Junior National Championship Qualifier
2007-2010 GA State Games Champion
2008-2011 American Open and Senior National Championship Qualifier
2012 American Open Champion
2013 Silver Medalist Senior National Championships
2014 Bronze Medalist Senior National Championships
2015 Member of Team USA University World Team
2016 Bronze Medalist in the Snatch at the USAW National Championship

Coaching Creds
2012 CF Games Coach for Jason Hoggan
2013 CF Games Coach for Natalie Mclain and Emily Carothers
2014 CF Games Coach for Emily Carothers and Jeff Germond
2016 CF Games Coach for Logan Collins and Kristi Eramo

Joe Williams

After high school, I enjoyed a short stretch of Division 1 track and rugby at the University of Arkansas. After a number of injuries, I retired from competitive athletics and earned my degree from Missouri State University. I am now a Senior Instructor in the Biomedical Sciences Department teaching courses in human physiology, genetics, and molecular biology, and I am currently finishing my doctorate through Creighton University.

I discovered CrossFit through a number of friends in 2011 and found it scratched the old itch of competitive sports. In 2013, my wife and I opened CrossFit Republic. It was an incredible endeavor, but I have since moved on to focus on Power and Grace Performance full time. I joined Power and Grace in 2014 with a goal to make our athletes the most efficient movers in the sport and I believe we are well on track to that goal with multiple event wins at the regional and high end competition level.

Certifications
CrossFit Level 1 Cert.
CrossFit Level 2 Cert.
USAW Sport Performance Coach

Creds
Division 1 Track and Field
University of Arkansas Rugby
Senior Instructor in Genetics, Molecular Biology – Missouri State University

 

Phil Kniep

Phil earned a Bachelors degree at the University of Nebraska while playing football. Phil began using CrossFit for his fitness program in 2008 as a firefighter in Lincoln, NE. He became a Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in 2009 and Level 2 trainer in 2016. He helped open CrossFit Lincoln in the fall of 2009 and took over the gym full-time in 2012 along with 2 co-owners. Phil competed in the 2011 and 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, has qualified as individual for regionals in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and in 2016 with his team. He has coached teams from his affiliate at Regionals in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.

Certifications
CrossFit Level 2 Certified – 2016
CrossFit Level 1 Certified – 2009
CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified

Coaching Creds
Founder/Owner/Head Coach of CrossFit Lincoln
Reebok CrossFit Games Competitor – 2011, 2012
CrossFit Games Individual Regional Competitor – 2010-2015
CrossFit Games Team Regional Competitor – 2016

Jourdan Delacruz

This is Jourdan and she is currently a Junior American Weightlifter. Jourdan has been lifting competitively for 3 years now in hopes of making the Olympic team. In pursuit of her dream, she became an Olympic Training Center resident in Colorado Springs, CO where she trained with the nation’s most elite athletes and coaches. Jourdan is now in Georgia training under Power and Grace Performance in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. She spends most of her time and energy training; however, she is also a part-time college student working on attaining a B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics. Most of her days typically consist of morning training, school, afternoon training, and sleep! During off-season or the weekends, she likes to be outside enjoying the day with her Golden Doodle and family.

  • Youth Pan Am & World Team Member 2015
  • Junior Pan Am & World Team Member 2016-2017
  • Junior Pan Am Silver Medalist 2016-2017
  • Junior Worlds 5th Ranking 2016-2017
  • Junior Nationals Gold Medalist 2016-2017
  • American Open Silver Medalist 2016
  • American Open Gold Medalist 2017/Best Lifter 2017
  • OTC Resident 2015-2016

Jessie Bradley

Jessie Bradley is a weightlifter and weightlifting coach from Provo, Utah. Before weightlifting she was a CrossFit athlete and coach. She competed in the CrossFit games regionals 2x on a team, and lead regular classes as well as a kids program at her home gym. Jessie transitioned to weightlifting in 2014 and shortly after moved to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center as a full-time weightlifting resident. In her year and a half there she learned so much about the sport and grew tremendously as an athlete. She joined Power and Grace Performance in 2016 and is so glad to be apart of such a strong team!

Along with coaching and lifting Jessie is a student at Utah State University studying Psychology. After she is done competing in Olympic weightlifting, she plans to pursue a career in Sports Psychology. Jessie loves weightlifting loves helping other people reach their own goals in the sport.

Credentials
USAW Sport Performance Coach
2017 75 kilo Junior National Champion
2017 Junior Pan Am Silver Medalist
4x Junior World Team Member
2016 Olympic Trials Athlete
2016 Senior National Bronze Medalist
2016 Junior Pan American Champion