Athletic Republic’s certified performance trainers have the passion and sports-science knowledge to safely improve your athleticism. Our more than 500 performance trainers are constantly furthering our proven methods to help athletes reach their goals.  Because we believe developing athletes is best done in small groups, we provide a trainer to athlete ratio of 1:5.  This allows the trainer to customize a program for each athlete’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

Robert Paulele

Level III
Director of Training and Business Development

Robert Paulele, “Coach P”, is a former professional football player and current coach. Coach P comes from an extensive coaching and business background, working with professional to amateur athletes on all levels. Just recently he was featured on ESPN coaching Jalen Hurd (starting running back for the University of Tennessee) on football fundamentals and technique. Coach P currently serves as a facilitator for the NFL Play 60 Camp with the Invictus Foundation and All Poly Sports in Utah and Sacramento. In addition, just last year Coach P helped fundraise over $100,000 for football equipment to aid in assisting underprivileged kids in Samoa for the Troy Polamalu “Fa’a Samoa” Camp, which was featured on the NFL Network. Coach P is also a member of the NFL Players Association and the NFL Legends Community.

Coach P’s philosophy is to instill purpose, passion, and growth within each team and individual that he works with. He believes that your calling is something you are attracted to, something that you are passionate about, fills you with joy, and sets your heart on fire when you are doing it.

Education: Masters in Coaching, Concordia University, 2013 
Bachelors in Communication, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2008 
Associates in Business Administration, Orange Coast College, 2004

Coaching Experience:
2016: Running Back Coach, Saddleback College 
2015: East/West Shrine Game & CDFL Senior Bowl 2014: Head Coach, Los Angeles Marauders 
2014: UCLA (Summer Camp) 
2013: Run Game Coordinator, Chapman University 
2013: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mater Dei High School 
2012: Head Coach, Orange County Lawmen 
2009-2012: Assistant Head Football Coach, Santa Ana College

Elliott Amsden

Assistant Director of Training 
Level III

Elliott grew up in South Lake Tahoe where he enjoyed playing beach volleyball in the summers as well as competing in mogul and giant slalom ski racing in the winters. He also played travel ice hockey for six years. In high school he continued to enjoy hockey, ski racing, track and field, and wrestling, but his favorite sport was football. He played offensive line and linebacker. 

After high school Elliot continued playing football in junior college and finished his athletic career at Chapman University as a defensive lineman. 

Education: M.S. Coaching and Athletic Administration. B.A. Communication Studies - Chapman University 

In Elliot’s free time he enjoys strength and performance training as well as surfing. His motivation for coaching is rooted in all the experiences he had with poor coaching growing up. His goal is to help all athletes become the most powerful versions of themselves both in and out of sports. 

Elliott has always prided himself in his work ethic and has enjoyed encouraging those around him to push past comfort zones. He strongly believes that the biggest challenge for any athlete lies in their own mind. 

Neil Campbell

Lead Performance Coach 
Level II
Neil was born and raised in Orange County, and grew up playing AAA club hockey as well as soccer and baseball. In high school Neil excelled in played Varsity Football where he was awarded the Orange County High School Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes Award as well as Defensive Player MVP and Scholar Athlete Award at Aliso Niguel High School. 

After high school Neil focused his interests in a new direction and received his Bachelors Degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After returning home from college, Neil got back into the athletic world as an Ice Hockey Official and for the past six years has lived all over the United States officiating hockey in various leagues such as the NAHL, USHL, SPHL, and ECHL. 

Currently Neil is a Linesman in the American Hockey League and is a Certified Personal Trainer and has a Specialization in Performance Enhancement.

Fa'avae Fa'avae

Performance Sports Coach
Football Specialty

Fa’avae came to us through our football network and we are so glad to have him as part of the team. He earned a full ride scholarship to the University of California Berkeley where he graduated with a BA in English Literature. Youth mentorship is at the heart of Fa’avae’s passions and when not training athletes you can find him pursuing those opportunities. Fa’avae heads up our Football IQ program as well as assisting in training in and out of center. We can always count on Fa’avae’s optimism and can do attitude which is a great example for our athletes. Has experience training athletes from the NFL.

Sean Sanchez

Performance Sports Coach 
Baseball Specialty
Level II

Sean is completing his final year at Cal State Fullerton and will graduate with his BS in Kinesiology with a focus in strength and conditioning. He will continue his education by pursuing his masters in either sports psychology or kinesiology. Sean loves pushing athletes and making them realize how great they are and how much greater they can be using his positive attitude and positive reinforcement techniques. He played four years of baseball and two years of football at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA. We are so excited to have Sean join our team!

Andrew Yamakawa

Performance Coach 
Level I

Andrew James Yamakawa grew up in Hacienda Heights, Ca. He played multiple sports growing up including football, basketball, and baseball. 

Andrew graduated from California Lutheran University with a BS in Exercise Science in 2014. His passion for working with youth led him to devoting time to the Boys & Girls Club of America and now brings him to Athletic Republic of Orange County. Andrew developed a love for rugby while in college and will bring that excitement for sport to the AROC training floor. 

Andrew advanced his education and completed a Masters in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in January 2017. He has enriched his knowledge through multiple internships working with athletes and adult fitness. He came from a boot camp circuit-style gym and combined his expertise in fitness to create fun, energetic, and results-based programs.

In Andrew’s free time he continues to train for rugby and loves to bowl. 

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it”- Maya Angelou 

Bobby Woodcock 

Performance Coach/Volleyball

Bobby grew up playing volleyball and basketball in Toledo Ohio. Volleyball soon became her passion which has given her many opportunities to grow within the sport. She started playing club at age 11 and then continued through high school. Unfortunately an ankle injury that plagued her much of her junior year led her to decide not to pursue a collegiate athletic scholarship. Focused on academics, Bobby attended USC where she discovered club sports and rekindled her love for volleyball. Not only did she play, but she was club president for over 2 years and was instrumental in growing and expanding the success of the club. After graduating with her B.A. in Psychology and two minors in Environmental Studies and Occupational Science, Bobby became very involved in various volleyball leagues throughout LA and Orange County, which included a semester of Beach Volleyball at Santa Ana College. 

Bobby most recently joined the staff of the San Gabriel Academy as the JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach which won its CIF Division this year! She also currently is coaching with the Starlings City of Los Angeles Volleyball Club. We are tremendously excited to have her as part of our amazing staff! 

Evan Ponce

Performance Coach 
Level I

Evan was born and raised in Mission Viejo, California where he attended Capistrano Valley High School 2009-2013. He was a three sport athlete playing football, basketball, and track/field. 

Evan excelled in Football where he was a captain, achieved All League Sea View, and played three years on varsity. In 2012 his team won Sea View League champs for the first time since 1995 as he contributed playing both on the offensive and defensive line. Evan was honored with the most inspirational award that championship year. 

Evan then attended Humboldt State where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts in History/Education in 2017. 

Still full of passion for sport and athletics, Evan returned to his alma mater in 2017 to coach the freshman football offensive line. We are very excited to have Evan with us on our coaching staff, as he exemplifies what we represent … a great work ethic, the ability to teach and relate to all athletes at all levels, and to inspire with patience and the expectation for moving forward. 

Kara “KG” Gilchrist

Performance Coach 
Level II

Kara started her AROC journey as an athlete just like many of you. She walked through our doors at 13 years old looking for a place to take her soccer game to the next level. Kara has never left. We have watched her grow from a Woodbridge High School four-year varsity starter, to a collegiate athlete at Concordia University where she is studying Exercise Sports Science and Psychology. We are so excited to have Kara as part of our team. Her enthusiasm and passion for coaching is contagious. When not training, coaching and playing, Kara can also be spotted at Yogurtland as well as at the pool where she also coaches swimming.

Brian Cooke

Hockey Performance Trainer 

Brian is a product of Southern California, bringing over 26 years of hockey experience to Athletic Republic. His experience includes Jr.Kings Tier 1 AAA, Eastern Junior Hockey League All Star while playing for the Bridgewater Bandits (MA), NCAA Div 1 athlete at Wayne State University, and a brief professional experience in the ECHL and AAHL. Brian has a unique teaching ability that creates a fun environment and accelerated learning curve. He welcomes challenges with open arms and is always looking for new ways to innovate the game.  

Danielle Bourgette

Sports Performance Coach
Hockey Specialist
Mental Performance Coach

Danielle started playing hockey at the age of 5, here in Southern California. Her parents were from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and so both Danielle and her brother were born with the hockey gene. Danielle played hockey with the boys up until 18 as well as on an all girls select team starting at age 12. Danielle received a full ride Division 1 scholarship to play hockey at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. In her Junior year she won the 7th Player Award and in her senior year was named Captain and won the Captain's Award. 

Upon graduating, Danielle moved to Oakville, Ontario, Canada and played in the NWHL (National Women's Hockey League) for two years and as the Assistant Captain in that second year. From there she moved overseas to Lugano, Switzerland and played professionally for another two years. Retiring from professional play at age 26, Danielle moved back to Southern California and obtained here Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She has been with Athletic Republic since July 2009 and thrives on helping athletes achieve greatness in their sport physically and mentally. Danielle firmly believes that athletics and sport are 20% physical and 80% mental and that once we are able to conquer the mental barriers we encounter, true greatness can be achieved - both in sport and in life.

Colin Graham

Performance Coach 
Level I

Colin grew up playing year-round basketball in Fresno, California. After graduating high school he started coaching Freshman and Junior Varsity at his alma mater Clovis West High school while attending Fresno State. 

After graduating with his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sport Marketing, he moved to San Francisco to earn a Masters Degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco. While in the Sport Management program he became an intern with the University of San Francisco Women’s Basketball team. As an intern Colin created scouting reports on the opposing teams for the West Coast Conference tournament. The University of San Francisco beat the number one, two, and three seeds to win the Championship for the first time in 20 years. 

Colin later became an assistant coach at California State University, East Bay for the Women’s Basketball team while finishing his Masters Program. For his final Masters Thesis project Colin created a new statistic on how to measure hustle in the NBA.

After graduating, Colin moved down to Orange County to pursue a Teaching Credential at Long Beach State with the intention of becoming a High School Basketball coach. We are excited he is bringing his expertise to our AROC staff!

Colin lives by the quote from Matthew 16:26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul.”

Jennifer Naylor

Performance Sports Coach 
Level I

Jennifer grew up in sunny San Diego, California where she fell in love with outdoor activities and all things sports. She played soccer for 15 years and participated in high school track & field as well as cross country. 

Growing up in San Diego allowed her to enjoy skateboarding and surfing throughout her youth which then led her to an interest in snowboarding as well. Jennifer also participated in flag football and volleyball while in college and continues to be inspired by sports performance which shines through to the athletes she coaches. 

Jennifer earned her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Jason Nguyen

Performance Coach 
Level 1
Volleyball Specialty

Jason was born in Fountain Valley and has continued to thrive in Southern California. He came to us through our internship program, bringing an open mind and lots of creativity. Jason attended California State University, Fullerton where he earned his BS in Kinesiology - Sports Studies. He hopes to continue his education in the near future seeking a MS or PhD in Sports Psychology.

Being a member of the Boys & Girls Club growing up gave him a plethora of experience in several different sports but volleyball quickly became his favorite. While not the tallest player by any means, Jason spent a major portion of his time in high school playing the setter and libero positions, earning 2nd and 1st team all-league honors in his junior and senior year respectively. He would then return to his alma mater in 2014 to coach the boys' and girls' varsity teams earning CIF bids for both.

Jason prides himself on being hard working & driven, something he hopes to instill in those around him. Aside from sports and training, he also volunteers at his Church's youth group, which he's been a part of since age six. Being able to contribute towards other people's self improvement journeys is the motivating force that draws him to the sports performance field. 

In addition, Jason also loves to play video games in his spare time and is a fantasy sports enthusiast.

Albert Soliguen

Performance Sports Coach 
Volleyball Specialty
Level I

Kayvan Aminzadeh

Performance Sports Coach 
Level I

Lukas O'Connor

Performance Sports Coach 
Level I