Meet Our Coaches

img_0150Daniel McCoy grew up in Salinas, California, where he was a 3 sport athlete. After high school, he earned a football scholarship to Benedictine College in Atchsion, KS; where he met is soon to be wife, Teresa. Daniel moved to Aberdeen, SD in 2013 to pursue his career as a police officer. He joined Crossfit Rails and was a member for 3 years. He led the charge in developing the fitness gym/program at the Aberdeen Police Department. Daniel became the manager of CrossFit Rails in August 2017. Daniel’s purpose to help people moved from the streets of Aberdeen, to creating a welcoming community of fitness fanatics who strive to be better every day. Daniel is CF-L1/CF-L2 certified Gymnastics certified.

2017-09-19Crossfit-0362logoJackie Braun has been a life-long fitness fanatic.  Her competitive spirit as a collegiate track athlete and now an avid runner and running coach has led her to the CrossFit world.  She researched CrossFit techniques and experimented on her own before CrossFit Rails became a reality. The CrossFit philosophy is a model that she believes will make a difference in the lives of all athletes, the young and the more “experienced”.   Jackie embraces the power of positive thinking and is excited for our CrossFit Rails community to grow! She has a master’s in guidance and counseling and is an ACE certified personal trainer.  She is the head coach for the WARNER Monarch Cross Country and Track and Field teams.  She is a NSHA track and field coach, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and CrossFit Kids Trainer.

img_0152Kristina Kessler grew up in St. Paul, MN. She attended the College of Saint Benedict where she met her husband Reed (he went to St. John’s). They have three children and one on the way. Kristina has always been involved in sports and activities. She competed collegiately in Track & Field. After college, she switched from running sprints & jumping to distance running and has run several 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, 2 full marathons and 2 triathalons. Almost 6 years ago Kristina took her love of fitness to the next level and became a group fitness instructor. In this position, she developed a strong passion for helping others on their wellness journey and became an ACE certified personal trainer as well as a certified prenatal fitness trainer. After being introduced to CrossFit in 2015, she was immediately hooked and has been a regular at Crossfit Rails ever since! In January she became a CF-L1 and looks forward to coaching you in class sometime soon!


Casey Kirnan grew up in Roscoe, SD.  She attended college at the University of South Dakota where she received a degree in nursing.  Casey is married to her husband, John, and they have four children.  Casey is also employed as a full-time Registered Nurse/Emergency Department. For several years Casey was involved with running and completed several half marathon’s and numerous 5k’s. Casey realized a change needed to be made to continue her fitness growth and stumbled upon CrossFit Rails, becoming one of the first members. Casey’s focus as a coach at Rails is to make everyone healthier and stronger, at every fitness level, every age, and every ability. Casey received her CF-L1 in October of 2017.  She is excited to see the Rails community continue to grow and continue educating the members in physical fitness.

img_0153Alison Kuch grew up in Aberdeen, SD, and is a current senior at Northern State University, pursuing a degree in Human Performance and Fitness. Knowing that she would not participate in collegiate athletics, she turned to CrossFit after her senior volleyball season to stay in shape. She quickly noticed how much CrossFit benefited herself and her family, and she met a lot of friends by regularly attending classes. Alison obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Certificate in July of 2017 and looks forward to furthering her athletic and CrossFit knowledge through experience and education.


IMG_0151.PNGKristi Myhre grew up in Aberdeen and attended NSU.  She is now a Clinical Specialist at North Eastern Mental Health.  She is married to Dana and has two kids, Grace 15 and Carson 12.  Kristi started a “side job” in fitness about 7 years ago with teaching group classes at the YMCA.  She has taught bootcamps, TRX, and spin classes.  In November, Kristi got her CF-L1 because she believes in the Crossfit theory and methodology.  She loves that everyone is able to participate and she loves the community that it develops.  Kristi was one of the founding members of Crossfit Rails and is really excited to join the coaching team!