Coaches

Meet Our Team

CROSSFIT MENTALITY COACHING TEAM

CrossFit Mentality is home to Scott Panchik, one of the world’s top Crossfit competitors. Scott and his family own and operate Mentality and take pride in their coaching, community and overall member experience.

Co-Owner, Co-Founder, Lead Programmer and Coach

Scott Panchik

Scott Graduated from the University of Mount Union where he studied Health and Physical Education, earned two National Championships and Academic All American Honors playing football for the Purple Raiders. After college Scott was hired as a health and physical education teacher at Mentor High School (2011-2013). During those two years Scott ran the school's strength and conditioning program, and coached football and wrestling. In 2012 Scott made his mark in the CrossFit Open winning the first workout, which lead to the opportunity to open his own gym. You can find Scott coaching and training throughout the day at Crossfit Mentality. He loves working with our members and is constantly evaluating his own training to help make others better. CrossFit Mentality is a place where Scott and his family share their passion and knowledge of the sport with the community. It is a dream they all feel blessed to have in their lives.

Qualifications
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and Games Competitor
  • Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education (K-12)
Athletic Achievements
  • 6th Place Reebok CrossFit Games Individual (2015)
  • 1st Place Central East Regional (2015)
  • 5th Place Overall Worldwide CrossFit Open (2015)
  • 1st Place CrossFit Team Series–Team Reebok East (2014)
  • 5th Place Reebok CrossFit Games Individual (2014)
  • 2nd Place Central East Regional (2014)
  • 5th Overall Worldwide CrossFit Open (2014)
  • 4th Place Reebok CrossFit Games Individual (2013)
  • 2nd Place Central East Regional (2013)
  • 4th overall Worldwide CrossFit Open (2013)
  • 4th Place Reebok CrossFit Games Individual (2012)
  • 5th Place Central East Regional (2012)
  • 27th Overall Worldwide CrossFit Open (2012)
  • 2 Division III National Championships as a running back for The University of Mount Union
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Co-Owner, Co-Founder, and Coach

Dave 'Papa-Pan' Panchik

Dave was the first member of the Panchik family to start CrossFit training. Not only did he introduce Scott to CrossFit, he retired from teaching and moved from Pittsburgh to Ohio to fulfill the family’s dream of opening a CrossFit Affiliate. Dave is the master of scaling movements and can adapt any workout for any athlete. He loves all aspects of CrossFit and is a big part of why our community is as strong physically as it is spiritually. Dave takes great pride in our space and when the gym is covered in chalk and sweat on Monday he will have it spotless by Tuesday.

Qualifications
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and Competitor
  • Bachelor of Science Elementary Education
Papa-Pan Achievements
  • 34th Central East Open-Masters (2014)
  • 35 Years of Teaching and Coaching
  • Beat Scott in his first CrossFit workout (2009)
  • Doing Extra Workouts because he loves CrossFit (2008-Present)
  • Loves Deadlifts (2007-Present)
Crossfit Mentality Coach

Spencer Panchik

Spencer has always been an athlete. He grew up playing soccer and basketball until he and his twin brother Saxon experienced a life changing event that brought them to sport of CrossFit. Since 2009 the boys have been training and growing as competitors in the sport. Spencer loves anything heavy and jumps on any opportunity to pick up a barbell. His favorite CrossFit Benchmark workout is DT and his favorite movement are hang cleans. When it comes to coaching Spencer is very attentive to details he will work with every member until their movements are flawless.

Qualifications
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Athletic Achievements
  • 44th place finish in the Reebok Crossfit Games Open Central East 2015
  • 2nd place finish at Bacon Beatdown 2015
  • 2nd place finish at Crush Games 2014
Crossfit Mentality Coach

Saxon Panchik

Saxon like Spencer, began his CrossFit journey the summer of 2009 at the age of 11. Since then he has grown immensely as a coach and competitor. Saxon is an incredibly well rounded athlete, his technique and knowledge of Crossfit stems far beyond his age of 19. He is an explosive athlete with some serious stamina. This especially, transfers over into his olympic lifts, and power movements such as box jumps, which probably comes from his background in basketball.

Athletic Achievements
  • 23rd place finish in the Reebok Crossfit Central East Regional 2015
  • 26th place finish in the Reebok Crossfit Central East Open 2015
  • 2nd Place finish at Bacon Beatdown 2015
  • 2nd place finish at Crush Games Team 2014
  • 95th place finish in the Reebok Crossfit Central East Open 2014
Member Relations

Christin Handley

Christin attended the University of Mount Union as a Health and Physical Education Major, where she met Scott. As an athlete she was captain of the Purple Raiders Soccer, Track and Cross Country Teams. Christin earned 3 Team Conference Championships, an Individual Championship in the 1500m run and 2 university records. Her athletic journey continued at John Carroll University where she coached Cross-Country and Track for the Blue Streaks under head coach Dara Ford. Christin found CrossFit when she started dating Scott and was looking for a competitive outlet comparable to her days as a collegiate athlete.
Christin can usually be found working on community relationships, nutrition coaching and the endurance side of programming.

Qualifications
  • NAFC Personal Trainer
  • NAFC Nutrition Coach
  • NAFC Health Coach
Crossfit Coach/ FIT Mentality Coach/ Personal Trainer

Mallory Potondi

Mallory is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Coaching Education. She has USAW Level 1 Sports Performance certification, a CrossFit Level 1 certification, and her CrossFit Gymnastics certification. Her past experience includes working for Hilliard Davidson High school as the assistant Girls Varsity track and Field coach, specializing in agility, strength and conditioning, hurdles, relays and sprints. Before moving to Mentor, OH, she worked as a personal trainer and CrossFit coach at Katzenmoyer Performance specializing in sports performance and individualized training. She is now coaching CrossFit at Mentality and continuing to train clients with a variety of goals, from sports performance with specific training goals, to older adults looking to move through life with strength and ease.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree Exercise Science and Coaching Education
  • CF Level 1 Trainer
  • CF Gymnastics

Crossfit Mentality Coach

Shayna Panchik

Shayna graduated from the University of Mount Union with a degree in Health and Physical Education. As an athlete, Shayna played 4 years of college basketball at Mount Union where she was a captain and helped lead the raiders to an OAC championship and NCAA appearances. She has a background in a variety of sports and her athletic journey led her to coaching in the gym. Along with teaching, Shayna coaches the Fit Class, onramps, personal training, and sports specific training. Shayna enjoys working with clients of all fitness levels. Her favorite part of CrossFit is the competitiveness it continues to bring to her life as an athlete. She also loves helping people apply what they do in the gym to their every day life and helping them to achieve their goals.

Crossfit Mentality Coach

Feeroozeh Saghafi

Feeroozeh Saghafi received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from John Carroll University. She was a three year varsity letter in volleyball and two year varsity letter in track during her high school career. In 2014, Feeroozeh turned to CrossFit to enhance her fitness routine, develop healthy and positive lifestyle habits, and help satisfy her competitive appetite by competing in local competitions throughout the year. She has sports performance and fitness training experience through her time as a collegiate intern at The Force under Heather Clapacs, CrossFit Mentality under Scott Panchik, and currently at Speed Strength Systems training facility with Tim Robinson. Her passion for coaching thrives by experiencing the success of others and continues at CrossFit Mentality with the kids and youth fitness programs.

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