Hotova Coaches

HOTOVA CROSSFIT

Our COACHES

Our coaches passion and commitment to helping you achieve your personal fitness goals is what makes Hotova stand out from the rest. Hotova’ coaching staff is committed to pursuing excellence and pushing you to thrive, not just survive.

DEAN TONEV

COACH & OWNER

I am originally from Bulgaria in Eastern Europe. I moved to the United States in 2006, coming directly to the Upper Midwest and working various jobs, while pursuing my dream of opening my own gym. Sports and fitness have always been a big part of my life. I discovered CrossFit in 2012 and, after my first WOD (Workout of the Day,) I knew that was what I want to do for the rest of my life. Together with my wife Giane, we opened Hotova CrossFit in Buffalo, Minnesota in 2014.

- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- CrossFit Level 2 Certified
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified
- CrossFit Endurance Certified
- CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
- Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified Instructor
- F-irst Aid CPR AED Certified

GIANE TONEV

COACH & OWNER

A native of Brazil, I moved to the United States to work as a nanny for a family in Minnesota. Later, I worked various jobs and, at one of them, I met my future husband, Dean. I was not a very active child. I did play soccer in high school, but, growing up, I was very shy and it was a struggle for me to take part in sports or school events. I got turned on to CrossFit when I met Dean in 2013. I have enjoyed helping him start and grow our business. I also work as a house cleaner and a server at a restaurant, but I most love teaching afternoon and evening classes at the box.

- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- CrossFit Kids Trainer Certified
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified
- CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
- Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified Instructor
- First Aid CPR AED Certified

MELISSA NOLAN

COACH

Melissa Nolan seeks fitness challenges within the support of community, and she is excited to pursue that mission as a coach with Hotova CrossFit. Originally from Chanhassen, Minnesota, and now living in Monticello, Melissa spent her early years as a ballerina. She trained in classical ballet into her senior year in high school; once she stopped dancing, Melissa started doing CrossFit, after originally being inspired by her father.“I needed something to keep me in shape and going to the gym just wasn’t enough,” Melissa said. “I am not motivated at all when exercising on my own, so my exercise routine largely consisted of running, and was sporadic, at best.” Melissa also enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, and she loves reading. She said her dad and sister had previously done some CrossFit training, and they found Hotova online.

- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- CrossFit Level 2 Certified
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified

PAM HARYN

COACH

Pam is living the best life she offers Hotova CrossFit’s clients. She is an excellent coaching fit for our Active classes, particularly members seeking transformation, because Pam has been there and done that.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Pam and her husband Mark have called Buffalo home for years. They have two adult children.In her day job, Pam works for the Animal Humane Society.Of course, Pam enjoys spending time with her family and pets when she’s not at work or working out.
Pam grew up playing volleyball and tennis. She also enjoyed running, but later got incredibly bored with her running routine, and, “I was still not feeling good about how I looked and felt,” she said.

- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- B.A.S. CVT
- CPR Certified

If you want to get into the best shape of your life and be a part of a community of like-minded people, reach out today.