Ivan was born and raised in a small town just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Being one of ten total children in an adoptive, tri-racial family has provided Ivan with a unique upbringing. Always having enough for two teams in the driveway, his love for athletics and movement started at a very young age. The sports that ultimately stuck were lacrosse and ice hockey, both of which he played at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Bringing a positive attitude, Ivan thrives in group and team settings.
After graduating in 2010, Ivan coached lacrosse and ice hockey at his former high school but missed participating in athletics himself. CrossFit found him in the winter of 2011 and he was instantly hooked. Loving the idea of a group of people coming together to achieve a common goal, Ivan believes in CrossFit’s ability to positively change lives. Having a desire to help facilitate these transformations, he went on to attain his CrossFit Level One trainer certification and began coaching at a local box in Pennsylvania.
After tragically losing his wife, Crista, to brain cancer, Ivan decided it was time to start the next chapter of his life in a new city. As a follower of both Kelly and Carl’s videos online, he decided San Francisco was the place to do it. In August of 2012, with hopes of joining and ultimately coaching at San Francisco CrosSFit, Ivan made the move. Now you will find him around the gym, often wearing his matching grey shirt and shoes in honor of all of those affected by brain cancer. Ivan hopes to learn and grow as an athlete, coach and person as he continues to motivate others to do the same.