Coaching is critical. 

Your coach helps you focus, corrects your mistakes, and always encourages you. Our coaches care.  They are knowledgeable, approachable, and devoted to your success.

Hollis Molloy, Owner


I believe that everyone is an athlete, regardless of current ability or past experience. I do not tolerate subpar movement in my classes and work to inspire my athletes to become the best possible movers. CrossFit is more than just a fitness program for me, it is a way of expressing our true potential as human beings. I have coached CrossFit for 10 years and I am one of only a handful of Certified CrossFit Coaches (CF-L4) worldwide. When not in the gym, I travel the world as a CrossFit Seminar Staff member teaching both the Level 1 and Level 2 Seminars. 

"There are few coaches that are able to effectively blend technical ability, passion, and the capacity to understand and address an athlete's weaknesses as well as Coach Hollis. Hollis Molloy is a coach's coach."
-Kelly Starrett, DPT

Laurie Galassi, OWNER 


I've been coaching for years, and as a coach, I enjoy working with entry-level athletes because they have everything in the world to discover about CrossFit. I apply the positive coaching methods I enjoyed as a young athlete to my CrossFit coaching style. Prior to CrossFit, I had a gymnastics-coaching career that spanned 15 years. I coached ages 18 months to 22 years in both recreational classes and competitive teams, with many of my athletes competing in state, regional and national competitions. 



As a coach, I believe in guiding people through their training experience. Watching people take ownership of their training and seeing their transformation is the most gratifying part of coaching for me. I started coaching in 2011 at NorCal CrossFit under the tutelage of many world class coaches and athletes. During my time there I would travel internationally, scouting for and managing many other CrossFit coaches. This has also contributed to my knowledge and coaching philosophy. I'm excited to bring my experience and knowledge to CrossFit Santa Cruz. When I'm not in the gym, I enjoy surfing, hiking, camping, and spending time with my family.

Leah Polaski

I'm a CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3) and have attended CrossFit seminars in Gymnastics, Olympic Weightlifting, Nutrition, and Mobility and Recovery. I've been coaching since 2009 and have been a part of the CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff since 2012, where I travel the world instructing CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Seminars. I've competed at regionals six times and at the CrossFit Games five times. I love CrossFit—not only for what it can do for the body, but even more so for what it can do for the mind. I love seeing people achieve something they never thought possible, then taking that confidence and mentality into their everyday lives.


Danielle Edmundson


Over the past 12+ years as a CrossFit coach, I have developed a coaching philosophy based on support and enthusiasm. I am able to seamlessly coach people with varying degrees of fitness levels and goals. In addition to years of CrossFit experience, I have also studied nutrition, yoga, mobility, and am the happy mother of two young girls. 

I am incredibly passionate about helping people become strong, vibrant, healthy and mentally at peace. I use my sensitivity and personal experience to meet people's needs and form lastings relationships. 


Cara Hipskind


After seven years of CrossFit, I am still continuing to learn and improve in anything from Olympic lifting to endurance to gymnastics. There's something magical about Coach Glassman's vision of group training and intensity that allows this improvement to continue.


I first tried CrossFit in 2012. A friend of mine offered me a free class, and after that I was hooked. Before long I found myself working out in the mornings and again in the afternoon. I would use my lunch breaks at work to sneak off and do some fitness. During the summer of 2013, I went to my Level 1 certificate course and the following month I began coaching. Now I spend four to six hours a day minimum in a gym. When I'm not actively in the gym working out or coaching, I am planning the next day's session.

Bailey O'regan

I began working for CrossFit HQ and attended the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course in 2012. I then moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly, where I completed my B.S. in kinesiology. I immediately joined CrossFit Inferno where I soon began their intern process and eventually became a CrossFit coach. Over time, my passion to share CrossFit with adults expanded to kids. In October 2013, I participated in the CrossFit Kids course, which trained me to safely teach CrossFit to kids.


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Debbie Steingesser was introduced to gymnastics and dance before she was able to walk. Her boundless enthusiasm for all things movement guided her to a path of studying and performing many forms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop, and West African. When she was 16 years old, Debbie was introduced to yoga as a way of cooling down at the end of vigorous dance classes. She never looked back.

Debbie holds her Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certification at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance. She was named one of the Top Yoga Teachers in the Bay Area by Common Ground Magazine in 2008 and has been a featured presenter at Yoga Reaches Out, Bhakti Fest, and various International retreats and trainings. Debbie has completed yoga certifications in Power Vinyasa with Baron Baptiste, Yoga Therapy and Thai Massage with Saul David Raye, Anatomy with Denise Kaufman, and Sequencing with Seane Corn. She is a certified CrossFit Level-2, Kids, Powerlifting, and Strongman Trainer and a certified MWOD Coach in Kelly Starrett’s Movement and Mobility Method. Currently, she is an ambassador for lululemon athletica and Manduka.

Debbie’s mission is to guide individuals towards a deeper sense of strength, balance, and personal power through yoga and movement. She is the creator of, a website and interactive community bringing accessible yoga practices to athletes. Her classes and workshops are fun, challenging, inspiring, and open to all experience levels.