My name is Shawn Mohatt and I’m the head coach for the Focus Climbing Team. I started climbing when I was 14 and have been in and out of climbing ever since. I first started coaching in 2009 and coached until 2012, when I took a short hiatus from climbing. One of the things that I love about climbing is the ability to do it at any point in your life. I also love that it teaches you how to live with failure, due to the fact that when you’re trying at maximum levels, climbing is 90% failure. Right now my current climbing goals are to get outside as often as possible, continue to get stronger, and to build a successful team with strong technical climbers.
My name is Jessica Capalbo and I am the Assistant Head Coach at the Focus Climbing Center. Climbing has been a part of my life for longer than I can remember. It has made me who I am today and has given me more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. I began competitively climbing when I was 7 years old and have have had the opportunity to travel the nation to climb and compete in all three disciplines: bouldering, sport, and speed, at a national level. Growing up in the climbing community taught me how to be confident in my abilities and has empowered me to be the best I can be. I hope that through my climbing adventures and experience, I am able to spark a lifetime of adventure and opportunities for others.
My name is Alyssa Genduso. I am the Strength Training and Flexibility Coach at the Focus Climbing Center. Ever since I was introduced to the climbing community, I felt as if this was the place I truly belonged. What drew me to the climbing community is how supportive everyone is of each other no matter the skill level. Recently, I decided to take my love for coaching, and my knowledge of gymnastics and apply it to rock climbing. I have been coaching gymnastics since 2013 and have 11 years of practice in the sport. I can definitely say that having a gymnastics background made it easier to transition over to climbing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t train hard. I firmly believe that hard work and good attitude will bring success in any situation.