The CrossFit Fringe Story


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Tyler Lasley coach at CrossFit Fringe

Tyler Lasley


“CrossFit has been a life-changing experience for me. As an owner of one of the first 500 CrossFit Affiliates in the world I have had the privilege of training in several different boxes, yet always find that CrossFit Fringe, our coaching team, and community stick out as one of the best I’ve ever been to or seen. Their passion has fueled my relentless pursuit of excellence in continuing education, and sharing my knowledge to change lives in Columbia, Missouri. I still owe thanks to those who first introduced me to the pain and pleasure of becoming comfortable being uncomfortable.” Before CrossFit, Tyler Lasley worked with Division 1 athletes at Mizzou in athletic performance and strength and conditioning. He worked with football, volleyball, baseball, swimming, and tennis. Additionally, Tyler programmed and worked with the Superleague Chicago Griffins, the Division 1 St. Louis Bombers, and the Mizzou men’s rugby clubs. He was also in school for Nutrition with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology. His ultimate goal was to complete a Doctorate, but it fell to the side at the MS level because CrossFit Fringe became less of a hobby and more of a career – a unique space that allowed him to house all the areas he loved under one roof: part science, part anecdotal experience, and a little bit of experimentation. Tyler’s athlete roster has included NFL athletes, pro rugby players, powerlifters, weightlifters, Paralympians, weight loss/gain athletes, and of course most notably CrossFit Games athletes; including individuals, teens, teams, and masters. CERTIFICATIONS AND SEMINARS AHA-CPR/AED CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Level 3 CrossFit Kids CrossFit Endurance CrossFit Mobility National Association of Sports Nutrition – Licensed Primary Sports Nutritionist (NASN-LPSN) National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) Kinesio Taping Levels I-III Naka FreeStyle Gymnastics Attitude Nation Olympic Lifting Level I CrossFit Games Regionals, North Central – Judge, CrossFit Judges Course 2014-2021 PUBLICATIONS Douglas SM, Lasley TR, Leidy HJ. “Consuming Beef vs. Soy Protein Has Little Effect on Appetite, Satiety, and Food Intake in Healthy Adults.” The Journal of Nutrition jn206987 (2015): Epub ahead of print. 2015 Mar 25. pii: jn206987

Nate Bacott coach at CrossFit Fringe

Nate Bacott

General Manager

“What I love most about my work is helping so many people coming from diverse pathways of fitness. Everyone from professional CrossFit to weightlifting, GRID, powerlifting, military preparation, and rugby athletes to individuals in rehabilitation. I’ve gotten to share victories with expectant and postpartum moms, and athletes with lower and upper extremity post-injury rehabilitation. I’ve helped athletes discover and return to sport. The thrill of my career is the diversity of athletes and infinite differences in goals, progressions, programs, and habit formations I can create to serve them.” Nate Bacott actually took over operations/ownership of CrossFit United (Columbia Missouri’s 1st CrossFit Affiliate) in 2011 during his Senior year of college. Over the next 2 years, CrossFit United would grow as would Nate’s friendship with Tyler Lasley. CrossFit United reorganized and rebranded as CrossFit Fringe in 2013. The Fringe community continued to grow, and a professional development opportunity took Nate to Denver in 2015. During his time in Colorado, Nate was Manager & Head Coach at 2 different fitness facilities where he was responsible for the growth of their community and refining of their programs. In addition, he worked very closely with CrossOver Symmetry, a shoulder and hip rehabilitation equipment company, and Cascade Sports Physical Therapy. As an athlete, he was able to qualify for the 2015 American Open Weightlifting Finals and in 2018 was on Team Alpine at the CrossFit South Regional. In 2019, wanting to be closer to family and friends, he relocated back to Missouri. Lucky for him we like him and his skills, and he is now our General Manager as well as head of our Specialty Programs. CERTIFICATIONS AND SEMINARS Ba.S-Human Development & Family Studies + Certificate in Multicultural Studies M.Ed- Education & Counseling Psychology w/ Emphasis in Sport & Positive Psychology CrossFit Level 1 & 2, Gymnastics, & Adaptive Athlete Seminar. USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach OPEX CCP Completion Spring 2019 Precision Nutrition Level 1 Outlaw, Attitude Nation, and other varying Weightlifting Seminar Series SPECIALIZATIONS Olympic Weightlifting Positive Psychology Individualized Programming & Lifestyle Coaching CrossFit Nutritional Coaching

Jordan Kroell coach at CrossFit Fringe

Jordan Kroell


Jordan hails from New Bloomfield, Missouri. After graduating high school he attended William Woods University. There, he was an Assistant to the Strength and Conditioning Head Coach for four years. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2009 and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). After graduation, he became a Trainer and Coach in several area facilities. He coached a wide variety of clients from powerlifters and NCAA basketball players to Boston Marathon qualifiers and clients preparing or rehabilitating from major surgeries. He also became deeply involved in weightlifting, both as a Coach and a Competitor. Jordan returned to school for a Master’s Degree in Human Performance at Lindenwood University in 2016. While at Lindenwood he was the Assistant Olympic Weightlifting Coach, winning four consecutive University National Titles in the men’s, women’s, or co-ed divisions. After graduation, he returned to Columbia in June 2020 and began coaching CrossFit exclusively. Jordan lives with his girlfriend of six years, Laura and they have three dogs: Zoe, Neno, and Na’Zdorovije. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, lifting weights, going out to eat, and watching pro wrestling.

Sam Noordsy coach at CrossFit Fringe

Sam Noordsy


Sam started her CrossFit journey like many, as an athlete who attended a free class at another gym in 2013. After an early fitness career that included basketball in high school, she was missing the challenge and thrill of competitive physical activity, and started attending group classes at her local sports club. Her love of physical activity carried into her academics as well as she pursued a degree in Child Development and Education at the University of Missouri. She was drawn to the Rec Center and a local globo-gym. Everything changed after that free CrossFit class. She obtained her CF-L1 in 2014 and began coaching later that year. When CrossFit Fringe expanded in 2016, Sam came aboard as the Manager and Head Trainer of the West location. Her endless questions, boundless energy, and desire to expand her knowledge are her hallmarks. She has incredible technique and a highly discerning eye for Olympic lifting. She enjoys passing on the empowerment and encouragement that made her fall in love with the sport onto every athlete she coaches.

Jessica Kohler coach at CrossFit Fringe

Jessica Kohler


Jessica is one of the most modest members of the Fringe staff – she does a little bit of everything. Her athletic background stems from swimming and ice skating before finding CrossFit in 2011. Back in 2012, Jessica became a CF-L1 and has not looked back, being a beacon of what a strong female role model should look like. She is currently working to develop the Fringe Nutrition program into one of the best offerings in the country. Behind the scenes, she does more than seems humanly possible – from copy editing to social media accolades, to website updating – the list has no end. She graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Design with an emphasis in Graphic Design and Illustration, followed by an MS in Science with an emphasis in Learning Systems Design & Development from the University of Missouri. She is an instructional/web developer by day. Fun fact – the logo and branding of CrossFit Fringe are the brainchild of her and husband Neil.

Matt Keel coach at CrossFit Fringe

Matt Keel


Matt, a Columbia native, has been active in CrossFit since 2009, obtaining his CF-L1 in 2013. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2006. As one of the original members from the first area CrossFit gym – the foundation from which CF Fringe formed – he realized he had a passion for helping and coaching others. Ever since he has been a staple at Fringe. Matt has a varied sports background, including baseball, weightlifting, tennis, and skateboarding. As a coach, he has great patience and willingness to watch and critique lifts and form. He has many staple cues and offers honest, yet constructive feedback in a way that is immediately useful and easy to comprehend for those of all skill levels. His long term plans include obtaining the CF-L2 and CF-L3, along with more specific focuses in Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics and Aerobic Capacity.

Libby Cowgill coach at CrossFit Fringe

Libby Cowgill


Libby has enjoying picking up heavy objects and putting them down again for as long as she can remember, and loves that CrossFit forces her to do this faster than she ever dreamed possible. Her background is primarily in powerlifting, bodybuilding, and Tae Kwon Do, with a brief, albeit unfortunate stint in barefoot distance running. She is originally from Portland, Oregon, frequently breaks into spontaneous song and dance while WODing, and swears profusely when excited. Libby’s passion for coaching can usually be seen in her teaching of the Elements curriculum. Her alter-ego is a tenured Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She received her Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MS and Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis. Her research focuses on the skeleton’s response to exercise, and the behavior, growth, and activity of Paleolithic peoples, which she finds dovetails with nutrition and CrossFit in interesting and unexpected ways.

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