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 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.

Advanced Team: Jake Krebs

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.

  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 & Rec Team: 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 & Rec Team: 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 & Bouldering 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 & Bouldering 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: 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: 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.

  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: Michaela Cloud   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!

Advanced Team: Michaela Cloud

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!

  Intermediate Team: Kevin Keene   Kevin's climbing career sparked on Valentines Day in 2016 when he came into Hoosier Heights on a first date!  Sadly he was so bad at climbing that he never got a second.  Eager to ignite that passion for climbing, Kevin started washing holds on the side, learning from the best and climbing as hard as he could.  Today you can find him practically living at the gym!  He has played all kinds of sports in his life; baseball, volleyball, bowling, snowboarding and ultimate.  Track and Field is what got him into coaching though. He ran track at UIndy where he graduated with a degree in Communication and CIS then stuck around as a graduate assistant for a few years.  He is now an assistant manager for the gym and assistant coach for the rock stars of the Rec. team! 

Intermediate Team: Kevin Keene

Kevin's climbing career sparked on Valentines Day in 2016 when he came into Hoosier Heights on a first date!  Sadly he was so bad at climbing that he never got a second.  Eager to ignite that passion for climbing, Kevin started washing holds on the side, learning from the best and climbing as hard as he could.  Today you can find him practically living at the gym!  He has played all kinds of sports in his life; baseball, volleyball, bowling, snowboarding and ultimate.  Track and Field is what got him into coaching though. He ran track at UIndy where he graduated with a degree in Communication and CIS then stuck around as a graduate assistant for a few years.  He is now an assistant manager for the gym and assistant coach for the rock stars of the Rec. team! 

  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 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. 

  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.