Meet the Coaches

Passionate Coaches

These are the coaches that will help you unleash your inner beast at CrossFit Jaguar. Our talented trainers have years of CrossFit experience, plus the knowledge, insight and compassion they need to help you reach your goals. They are dedicated to helping every member achieve their personal best in fitness, performance and improved overall quality of life. Meet the team that will take you there.

  • Paula Jager

    Founding Owner

    Founding Owner Paula Jager has been personally and professionally involved in the fitness industry since 1995. Her competitive background includes obstacle course and women’s fitness competitions and currently powerlifting. She believes fitness fuels your health and mental well being; keeps you young, ages you gracefully and prevents age related diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutritional habits.

    Introduced to CrossFit in 2008 it propelled her philosophies to the next level and she hasn’t looked back. it matters not what condition you start in but what your desire to improve is.

    Today, as the founder of CrossFit Jaguar, she specializes in making people the best they can be. “I love seeing the ‘I can’ mentality come into being,” she says. When Paula is not at the box she can be found in her kitchen cooking, writing or at the beach with her husband Rick. Her favorite quote “that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”


    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Football
    • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
    • CrossFit Movement & Mobility
    • CrossFit Kids
    • CrossFit Nutrition
    • BS
  • Eberle Funches

    Head Coach & Program Development

    Veteran CrossFitter Eberle has a passion for knowledge and helping people move better. Nothing is more rewarding for her than seeing the light bulb moment in her client’s eyes when the right cue brings the desired action.

    Eberle’s athletic back ground did not being until the age of 30. Prior to discovering CrossFit she ran 39 marathons, 2, 50 mile and 1, 100 mile ultra marathons along with a 13 time ironman performance. A gear switch to CrossFit and 4 years later Eberle competed in the Masters Division of the 2015 CrossFit Games.

    After falling in love with the sport she knew her path was destined as a CrossFit coach. A recent move brought her to the Tampa Bay area and CF Jag. Always in a state of growth and intention she enjoys sharing the journey with all she meets.

    Her favorite quote “To laugh often and much.  To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children.  To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends.  To appreciate the beauty to find the best in others.  To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthily child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition.  To know that even one life has breathed because you lived – this is to have succeeded”.  Ralph Waldo Emerson


    • CrossFit Level 1
    • USAW Level 2
  • Evan Sanchez


    Coach Evan has been around fitness since the age of 14. He is passionate about combat sports such as MMA, boxing, and wrestling. He wrestled all four of High School, including one year of being an assistant coach.

    He has been doing CrossFit since 2013 and coaching since 2014. “I enjoy coaching because I get to meet a wide variety of personalities and help them achieve their goals and even change their mind set in life” he says. Coach Evan’s main goals are to put a smile on everyone’s face and letting everyone know that if they can put their mind to it, they can achieve anything.


    • CrossFit Level 1
    • USAW Weightlifting Level 1
    • CrossFit Endurance
    • CPR, First Aid, AED
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Ashley Blanco


    Coach Ashley has been CrossFitting for several years and around fitness for a good part of her life. Before CrossFit, Ashley was a competitive cheerleader until her college years. She was introduced to the sport through her mom and brother and was looking to get back into a competitive atmosphere after her cheerleading days ended. “I came into a workout with my mom and knew immediately this was what I wanted to do, this was where I wanted to be,” she says. “The journey has been fun and challenging but I can’t imagine my life without it.”

    Ashley wants to spread her knowledge and love for CrossFit through her coaching and she hopes to do exactly that as a new coach here at Crossfit Jaguar!



    • NASM Personal Training
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Tony Lehnert


    Coach Tony has been involved with CrossFit for 4 years, specializing in Powerlifting, Gymnastics, and Corrective Exercises. He played soccer throughout High School and worked out “bodybuilding” style.

    Since doing CrossFit, he says “being able to advance my technique on my Olympic Lifts and being able to do muscle ups” are his biggest accomplishments. Coach Tony says “I love seeing someone hit a PR or do a movement they’ve never done before. I get a very excited seeing someones functional fitness improve.”

    He is passionate about human physiology and behavior as well as healthy eating. His favorite quote is “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.”


    • NASM Personal Training
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Human Biology B.S.
    • Neuroscience B.S.
  • Danialle DuPree

    Yoga Instructor

    Danialle has been an avid student of Yoga for close to 23 years.  After taking her first class as a teenager, she knew immediately that she found a practice she wanted to one day share with others. She has become passionate about moving the body in safe and fun ways through yoga as well as its healing benefits for the body, mind and spirit.

    Danialle says “Yoga is a great way to improve mobility, flexibility, recovery and training stamina.  Moving with the breath, working on body awareness, strength and flexibility inspire me to work harder in all areas of my life! Adding in running, CrossFit and powerlifting has enhanced my overall yoga practice and life.”

    Her favorite quote – “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~Shakespeare          


    • ERYT-200 Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher for Hatha & Vinyasa styles


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