Jessi is the Head Coach of Team Hoosier Heights. Jessi holds a Master's degree in Foreign Policy from American University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor's degree in Chinese & Political Science from Indiana University. She spent several years in the corporate world before leaving to pursue her dream job, coaching rock climbing, in 2015. Jessi believes in following your heart and intuition in everything that you do and wants her impact on Team Hoosier Heights to be more than making strong climbers - she wants to help instill confidence, independence and positive decision-making abilities in all our climbers so they can pursue whatever brings them true joy and fulfillment in life. She believes youth athletes have a greater capacity for independent thought and understanding than they are often given credit for and approaches her coaching from that perspective.
Thierry is the French Dragon of Team Hoosier Heights and is the Elite Team coach. Thierry holds a PhD in medicinal chemistry and chemical engineering. He currently works for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies as a project leader in oncology. He is passionate about many extreme sports, including windsurfing, kitesurfing, skydiving, skiing, and obstacles races such as American Ninja Warrior. He has been climbing since 1990, and has been coaching since 2000. At 52 years old, Thierry is dedicated and passionate about climbing and the climbing community. He has been married to his wife for 24 years, with whom he has two children. As a coach and leader, Thierry wants to show our climbers that you can achieve whatever you set out to achieve.
Jake is a Data Engineer for Milliman, Inc. by day and an assistant coach of the Advanced Team at Hoosier Heights Indy by night. He started climbing in 2014 and has been hooked ever since. His goal is to help each athlete on team to grow into a focused, well-rounded lifetime climber.
Michaela is an assistant coach for the Advanced Team at Hoosier Heights. Her passion for climbing began at Ball State University where she studied public relations and communication. Michaela became hooked instantly and has since strived to share the sport and outdoors with anyone and everyone! Today, she works as an e-commerce and marketing specialist and does freelance web design on the side. Michaela aspires to show the team that perseverance and passion is not just a climbing lesson--it's a life lesson!
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Indiana, Anthony attended Purdue University and now works as an iOS developer. He got into climbing while attending Purdue and has been obsessed with it ever since. He enjoys the friendliness of the climbing community and the great adventures that he gets to experience with his fellow climbers.
Brad is a coach for the Intermediate Team here at Hoosier Heights. Brad is an Environmental Hazmat Technician Leader at Heritage Environmental Field Services, where he specializes in hazardous waste removal and disposal. He has been climbing since 2009 and has been coaching since 2011. Brad's goal is to get as many people psyched about climbing as he is. As a coach, he aims to create a challenging, motivating and safe environment for all the kids.
Gabby has been climbing for six years and competing for five for Team Hoosier Heights. She's currently an assistant coach of the Intermediate Team and an adult competitor with USA Climbing. She enjoys coaching and loves to see the kids improve their climbing abilities. Gabby is in college at IU Kokomo and is studying athletic training and coaching to hopefully pursue a long-term career coaching climbing. She loves a challenge and is always up for helping climbers with beta or technique. She looks forward to her years ahead competing and coaching!
Abbey graduated from Indiana University in May, 2016 with a Human Biology degree and plans on attending physical therapy school. She found rock climbing her junior year of college at Hoosier Heights Bloomington and after graduation decided to move up to Indianapolis and coach for the Intermediate Team at Hoosier Heights Indy! She plans on (eventually) renovating a van and traveling out West to climb some bigger boulders than the Midwest offers.
Rachel is one of the Rec. Team coaches here at Hoosier Heights. When she isn´t coaching, she also works as the Events and Parties Coordinator, as well as at the front desk selling the other team kids their precious Kit-Kat and Clif bars. Rachel has been coaching since the inception of Rec. Team. Her favorite part about Team is helping kids improve and move up to intermediate team - although the flip side of that coin is her least favorite thing - losing her kids to Intermediate Team. When not at the gym, Rachel enjoys taking long, moonlit walks with her two dogs and attending classes at IUPUI as a Spanish major.
Katie is an assistant coach on the Rec. Team at Hoosier Heights. In addition to coaching, she is also one of the route setters at the gym. Katie started climbing in 2015 and has been in love with the sport ever since. She recently moved to Indianapolis from Bloomington, IN. While in Bloomington she assisted with the Youth Climbing Club. She hopes to help Indy's Team kids learn more about their body movement and technique so they can grow as climbers and achieve any goal they set for themselves.