Meet Your Coaches

Coach Jess
Youth Programs Director
Thank you for taking the time to get to know our wonderful team of coaches that we have here at the Bend Rock Gym. A little about me, I have been BRG's Youth Programs Director for the past three years. Working with youth has been part of my heart and soul for the last 8 years. I have worked with youth in many different capacities, climbing being one of my favorite! I was born and raised in Oregon, graduated with a Health Education Degree from Southern Oregon in 2013, and have lived in Bend since 2014. When I am not at work, you can find me climbing mountains, training for triathlons, paddle boarding, spending time with my wonderful partner, and currently getting ready to welcome a baby girl into this beautiful world come February. I am beyond grateful for my position at BRG, the community we live in, and each kiddo that has and will be part of our programs.
Coach Ross
After School Program Coach and Summer Camp Coach
I, Ross hails from Portland, Oregon. I am a TRUE OREGONIAN! I moved to Bend for amazing climbing and to go to school here. I began climbing thanks to a strong sense of curiosity and the climbing wall at OSU. My short term climbing goal is to flash every 5.10 in the Lower Gorge. Long term I plan to climb a big wall, send a 5.12 trad line, and of course visit Spain! My favorite type of climbing is long traditional climbs and some of my favorite routes include Classic Crack and Red Eye at Broughton’s Bluff (Portland). My favorite part about working at Bend Rock Gym is interacting with everyone in the awesome Bend climbing community and most definitely working with all the kiddos, because I get to act like one! I recommend checking out The Trad Climber’s Bible for anyone looking for some inspiration.
Coach Corey
After School Program Coach
Hey I'm Corey. I grew up in Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. My love of nature and contempt of standardized testing sent me to Colorado Mountain College to get my degree in Outdoor Education. Since graduating, I've spent my time traveling the world, getting my feet wet in every activity I can think of. From canyoning, to climbing, to canoeing, I love it all. I first made my way to Bend in 2015 for the snow and, after a short stint abroad, I've come back for the sun!
Coach Jazmyn
After School Program Coach
Hi I'm Jazmyn! I'm originally from Pennsylvania but have lived in lots of awesome mountain towns out west including Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, California and Leadville, Colorado. I started climbing in Mammoth/Bishop area back in 2010. I love every type of rock climbing including sport, trad, and bouldering. I've done several first ascents with my boyfriend who is an avid developer in Central Oregon. I also love snowboarding, mountain biking, and backpacking. Pretty much any outdoor sport that I can bring my siberian husky along with me! I've taught skiing and snowboarding at several resorts including Mammoth and Mt. Ashland. I've been coaching BRG after school programs since last spring and love getting kids psyched on such a positive activity!
Coach Alex S
After School Program Coach
My name is Alex ! I have lived and worked in MN, WI, CO, and now OR, doing a variety of jobs from Environmental Education to tuning skis and boards for Aspen Ski Company. I have been working with youth for about 4 years, and climbing for 5, and am excited to combine those passions with Bend Rock Gym. I studied Recreation Management and Environmental Studies in college, and received my degree in the spring of 2016. If I'm not climbing in my free time you might find me snowboarding, reading, backpacking, frisbee golfing, or watching Bob's Burgers, New Girl, or Lord of the Rings on repeat. I'm grateful to call Bend home, though I have only been here a short time!
Coach Gabe
After School Program Coach
Hi I'm coach Gabe, I am currently a student at COCC and OSU Cascades studying tourism and outdoor leadership. I have been climbing trees and anything that looks scale-able my whole life, but only began serious indoor and rope climbing by working at ClubSport Oregon up near Portland my sophomore year of high school. Bend has inspired me to pursue a career in outdoor leadership and the Bend Rock Gym has shown me the amazing community of like-minded individuals who come here to enjoy amazing adventures!
Coach Caroline
After School Program Coach
Coach Caroline here! Originally hailing from Boulder, Colorado, I have been passionate about mountains and exploring the outdoors my whole life. I also have a passion for working with people and getting kiddos as stoked on the wilderness as I am! My interest in rock climbing grew when I found the climbing community in college at the University of Oregon and weekend missions out to Smith Rock. I graduated with a degree in Family & Human Services before I took off on a solo backpacking and climbing adventure in Asia. In between travels, I've settled here in beautiful Bend working in wilderness therapy, playing in the mountains, practicing yoga, and now coaching at the BRG!
Coach Dani
After School Program Coach
Hi, I'm Coach Dani! Growing up in the high desert paradise of Central Oregon gave me an undying love for the wilderness and taught me the importance of outdoor recreation. I believe people learn best when they can touch, feel, and connect with what they are learning experientially. Because of that, I have spent much of my time traveling around over a dozen different countries to experience how other people live in order to better understand culture and humanity. I am passionate about working with people and I love to develop a person's confidence, pass on skills, and unleash their potential. Coaching at BRG gives me the invaluable opportunity to invest in kiddos to help them become better climbers and people!
Coach Bryce
After School Program Coach
Hello, I'm Coach Bryce! I'm a Bend local going to school at COCC. My deep love for rock climbing began about 2 years ago after spontaneously going to BRG, since then I have been hooked. I've spent the majority of my time climbing since. Climbing has taught me so much and has helped me in all areas of my life. I feel climbing teaches you how failure is a part of success and, with persistence and positive thinking, anything can be accomplished. My goal is to influence the kiddos to find their love for climbing, educate them on the standards for safety and ethics, and allow them to become their best selves.
Coach Kellie here! Growing up in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle area) surrounded by all the beauty that it has to offer taught me great love and appreciation for the outdoors. My studies brought me to Oregon in 2011 and I have yet to leave, only relocated to the sunnier side of the mountains. I've been an adaptive sports instructor here in Central Oregon for four years and I truly believe in the power of sport to heal, encourage and uplift individuals of all abilities. I love to be a part of the process of discovering a new sport, and giving the support that empowers someone to push themselves to do more than they thought they could. Climbing is one of the most mindful activities you can do, and I am so stoked to be a part of the BRG team that gets to pass on the love of this awesome sport.
Hey! I am coach Riley, a young aspiring competitive boulder-er with many years of competition focus climbing and bouldering knowledge beneath my often crazy hair. I am Oregon born and raised! I am passionate to give back to the climbing community that raised me over the many years of climbing. I strive to make a positive impact, and to pass on my climbing knowledge, to the youth climbers of Central Oregon.
Hey, Coach Daniel here. After spending my years growing up in Central California, and exploring that region in depth; I have recently moved to the Pacific Northwest to explore all the adventures and goodness that this area has to offer. I have been avidly climbing since 2011 and have truly found joy in sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. Working with kiddos all my life has shown me just how amazing kids are at overcoming fears and growing through experiences. I love seeing all of the kids in our programs learn about how truly capable they are. When I am not at the gym I can be found teaching kids how to snowboard at Mt. Bachelor, sampling all of Bend's wonderful cuisine, or looking for new fun ways to get outside and explore.