Lengel’s Legacy

By Dr. Michael P. Morran

In Coaching, CrossFit

January 10, 2013

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Dr. Michael P. Morran explains how murdered affiliate owner Joe Lengel taught him what to look for in a coach.

On Nov. 19, 2012, Joe Lengel was murdered in a morning robbery before opening his box, CrossFit Toledo Intensity Fitness.

Though I am fairly new to CrossFit and have only practiced its principles for the past year, I can truly say that Joe defined to me what a great CrossFit coach is. That November morning, the people who set out to rob Joe of some quick cash ended up robbing a box, family and community of a great individual.

It’s hard not to feel selfish sometimes worrying about your own personal needs when you know how hard his family must be hurting, but I now face the same problem as many others practicing CrossFit for the first time: how to find a great coach who works for me?

Luckily, Joe provided me with everything I need to evaluate a coach, and I believe his memory will be honored by sharing that knowledge with the CrossFit community.

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6 Comments on “Lengel’s Legacy”


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Keeping Joe's family in my prayers.


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Continue to pray for the family and community involved. This is another sad and tragic event that was not necessary.


Gary Marsh wrote …

Keeping Joe's family, friend's and all associated with him in our prayers.


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Awesome tribute to a great Father, Husband, Coach and Athlete.


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It sometimes seems justice can never be attained. Good people who leave prematurely find Peace in Heaven, but the challenge is for the survivors to find Peace in their hearts here on Earth. May Joe's family and friends find their Peace.


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Thank you very much for this very moving tribute.

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