Head Coach: Jessi Haynes   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.

Head Coach: Jessi Haynes

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.

Advanced Team: Jake Krebs   Jake is a software developer 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.

Advanced Team: Jake Krebs

Jake is a software developer 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.

Advanced Team: Cortny Alfonso   Cortny is an assistant coach for the Advanced Team at Hoosier Heights. She was first introduced to rock climbing at Hoosier Heights Bloomington in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Cortny holds a degree in Business Administration but hasn’t found much passion for it over the years. She is now an Assistant Manager at Eagle Creek Outfitters during the warmer months of the year and fills a front desk position here at the gym during the winter months. If you don’t see her climbing, then chances are she’s out on the water soaking up the sun.

Advanced Team: Cortny Alfonso

Cortny is an assistant coach for the Advanced Team at Hoosier Heights. She was first introduced to rock climbing at Hoosier Heights Bloomington in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Cortny holds a degree in Business Administration but hasn’t found much passion for it over the years. She is now an Assistant Manager at Eagle Creek Outfitters during the warmer months of the year and fills a front desk position here at the gym during the winter months. If you don’t see her climbing, then chances are she’s out on the water soaking up the sun.

Intermediate: Aidan Washer   Aidan is an Assistant Coach for the Rec. and Intermediate climbing teams here at Hoosier Heights. His first experience rock climbing came in spring, 2017, and it quickly became an integral part of his life. Aidan is a biology student at Marian University and is hoping to one day work with children as a pediatrician. He aims to inspire his team kids to lifestyles of both fun and health, as well as teamwork!

Intermediate: Aidan Washer

Aidan is an Assistant Coach for the Rec. and Intermediate climbing teams here at Hoosier Heights. His first experience rock climbing came in spring, 2017, and it quickly became an integral part of his life. Aidan is a biology student at Marian University and is hoping to one day work with children as a pediatrician. He aims to inspire his team kids to lifestyles of both fun and health, as well as teamwork!

Rec Team: Serena Hawkins   Serena is the Rec Team Coordinator at Hoosier Heights. She began climbing in 2017 and quickly grew to love the sport and the community within Hoosier Heights. Serena is excited about helping kids embrace rock climbing as a lifelong, healthy habit that builds a strong body and mind. Serena is studying at IUPUI with the Honors College, majoring in Political Science with a focus on American politics and quantitative analysis. Her goal is to earn her doctorate and teach on the collegiate level.

Rec Team: Serena Hawkins

Serena is the Rec Team Coordinator at Hoosier Heights. She began climbing in 2017 and quickly grew to love the sport and the community within Hoosier Heights. Serena is excited about helping kids embrace rock climbing as a lifelong, healthy habit that builds a strong body and mind. Serena is studying at IUPUI with the Honors College, majoring in Political Science with a focus on American politics and quantitative analysis. Her goal is to earn her doctorate and teach on the collegiate level.

Rec Team: John Burgman   John is an assistant coach for the rec team and the bouldering team. As an educator, he feels strongly that a child’s personal growth can be fostered through group interaction at a gym. He enjoys helping kids on the team persevere through the unique mental and physical challenges that climbing offers—and he thinks that any kid would benefit from being part of a climbing team. When he is not coaching at Hoosier Heights, John enjoys being involved in other aspects of the climbing industry. He writes frequently for  Climbing  magazine and  Climbing Business Journal  and has participated in a number of crag cleanups. He holds a master’s degree from New York University and bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio.

Rec Team: John Burgman

John is an assistant coach for the rec team and the bouldering team. As an educator, he feels strongly that a child’s personal growth can be fostered through group interaction at a gym. He enjoys helping kids on the team persevere through the unique mental and physical challenges that climbing offers—and he thinks that any kid would benefit from being part of a climbing team. When he is not coaching at Hoosier Heights, John enjoys being involved in other aspects of the climbing industry. He writes frequently for Climbing magazine and Climbing Business Journal and has participated in a number of crag cleanups. He holds a master’s degree from New York University and bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio.

Rec Team: Shae Kelly   Shae is an assistant coach for Rec team and a climber on Elite team. She has been climbing for almost 12 years and competing for Hoosier Heights for 8. While balancing school and extracurriculars, Shae has dedicated as much time as she could to training and competing. When the opportunity to coach arose, she was eager to introduce new climbers to the amazing sport.

Rec Team: Shae Kelly

Shae is an assistant coach for Rec team and a climber on Elite team. She has been climbing for almost 12 years and competing for Hoosier Heights for 8. While balancing school and extracurriculars, Shae has dedicated as much time as she could to training and competing. When the opportunity to coach arose, she was eager to introduce new climbers to the amazing sport.

Elite Team: Thierry Masquelin   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.

Elite Team: Thierry Masquelin

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.

Advanced Team: Katie Radkay   Katie is an assistant coach for the Advanced Team at Hoosier Heights. She took a rock climbing class at Indiana University in 2015 and got hooked. Shortly after, she began volunteering for the Youth Climbing Club at Hoosier Heights in Bloomington. In 2017, she moved to Indianapolis and is now a routesetter and a coach. Katie hopes to help the kids to find happiness and success in climbing.

Advanced Team: Katie Radkay

Katie is an assistant coach for the Advanced Team at Hoosier Heights. She took a rock climbing class at Indiana University in 2015 and got hooked. Shortly after, she began volunteering for the Youth Climbing Club at Hoosier Heights in Bloomington. In 2017, she moved to Indianapolis and is now a routesetter and a coach. Katie hopes to help the kids to find happiness and success in climbing.

Intermediate Team: Lexy Halpen   Lexy is an assistant coach for the Intermediate Team at Hoosier Heights. She is from Rhode Island and first became passionate about climbing when she was the North Woods Ropes Course Manager at the University of Rhode Island. Aside from taking a year off for graduate school in New Hampshire and for different climbing-related injuries, Lexy has been climbing since 2013. Lexy moved to Indiana in August of 2016. Aside from coaching, Lexy works with children with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and children have suffered through trauma. Lexy enjoys cats, puns, and long climbing trips out to the Red.

Intermediate Team: Lexy Halpen

Lexy is an assistant coach for the Intermediate Team at Hoosier Heights. She is from Rhode Island and first became passionate about climbing when she was the North Woods Ropes Course Manager at the University of Rhode Island. Aside from taking a year off for graduate school in New Hampshire and for different climbing-related injuries, Lexy has been climbing since 2013. Lexy moved to Indiana in August of 2016. Aside from coaching, Lexy works with children with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and children have suffered through trauma. Lexy enjoys cats, puns, and long climbing trips out to the Red.

Rec & Intermediate Team: Justin Taylor   Justin's climbing interest was first sparked by his older cousin at Hoosier Heights Bloomington during his time as a student at Indiana University. He really became passionate about climbing in early 2016 at Hoosier Heights Indianapolis when he decided to become a member, and the rest is history! Growing up he played many sports ranging from football to lacrosse and feels like nothing compares to climbing! The never-ending challenges of each new route is what keep his fire ever lit for the sport. He has had experience leading youth events and coaching youth football in years past and his biggest satisfaction comes from kids growing and excelling not only in sport but in life overall. He feels that climbing not only enhances the physical body but also mental strength and problem-solving skills.

Rec & Intermediate Team: Justin Taylor

Justin's climbing interest was first sparked by his older cousin at Hoosier Heights Bloomington during his time as a student at Indiana University. He really became passionate about climbing in early 2016 at Hoosier Heights Indianapolis when he decided to become a member, and the rest is history! Growing up he played many sports ranging from football to lacrosse and feels like nothing compares to climbing! The never-ending challenges of each new route is what keep his fire ever lit for the sport. He has had experience leading youth events and coaching youth football in years past and his biggest satisfaction comes from kids growing and excelling not only in sport but in life overall. He feels that climbing not only enhances the physical body but also mental strength and problem-solving skills.

Rec Team: Ben Evenson   Ben is an Assistant Coach for the Rec. team here at Hoosier Heights. He has been climbing regularly since 2012. Ben graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Animation. Committed to teaching and helping students grow, he has also been a Karate instructor for the past 12 years.

Rec Team: Ben Evenson

Ben is an Assistant Coach for the Rec. team here at Hoosier Heights. He has been climbing regularly since 2012. Ben graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Animation. Committed to teaching and helping students grow, he has also been a Karate instructor for the past 12 years.

Rec Team: Ryan Gadberry   Ryan Gadberry joins Hoosier Heights as one of our newest Rec Team coaches, the Congo Crushers! Outside of climbing, Ryan is an elementary school teacher for Indianapolis Public Schools. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and three children, who also love to climb both inside and out! He loves to see his kids scramble to get their things when he says, "Hey, let's go to gym to climb today!" Climbing became a lifestyle in the spring of 2017 and the rewards have been tremendous. Ryan's philosophy on climbing is to challenge yourself each time you climb, that success is not just making it to the top, but how you make it, and that you should truly enjoy it along the way. Climbing pushes us to our physical limits but also sharpens our mental limits as well. Climbing is a community for people of all skills, ages, gender, and even those with disabilities. Climbing is FUN!

Rec Team: Ryan Gadberry

Ryan Gadberry joins Hoosier Heights as one of our newest Rec Team coaches, the Congo Crushers! Outside of climbing, Ryan is an elementary school teacher for Indianapolis Public Schools. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and three children, who also love to climb both inside and out! He loves to see his kids scramble to get their things when he says, "Hey, let's go to gym to climb today!" Climbing became a lifestyle in the spring of 2017 and the rewards have been tremendous. Ryan's philosophy on climbing is to challenge yourself each time you climb, that success is not just making it to the top, but how you make it, and that you should truly enjoy it along the way. Climbing pushes us to our physical limits but also sharpens our mental limits as well. Climbing is a community for people of all skills, ages, gender, and even those with disabilities. Climbing is FUN!

Rec Team: Matt Wyrick   Matt is a coach for the Rec. team. He works as an ecological specialist for the state of Indiana. He has been climbing since the fall of 2015. Interests outside of climbing include: running, traveling, and exploring with his dog and fiance. Coaching presents a new challenge and an opportunity to develop new climbers into lifetime climbers.

Rec Team: Matt Wyrick

Matt is a coach for the Rec. team. He works as an ecological specialist for the state of Indiana. He has been climbing since the fall of 2015. Interests outside of climbing include: running, traveling, and exploring with his dog and fiance. Coaching presents a new challenge and an opportunity to develop new climbers into lifetime climbers.