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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

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

Fa'avae Fa'avae

Assistant Director of Training
Level II

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.

Omar Al-Masri

Lead Performance Sports Coach
Level II

Omar is another example of an outstanding intern who came to AROC from Cal State Fullerton where he graduated with his BS in Kinesiology. Program design, Olympic lifting, and helping athletes achieve their performance potential are his passions. His interest in strength and conditioning inspires Omar to continue to expand his knowledge, as he will pursue his education in a Masters Program.Growing up Omar enjoyed excelling in football, lacrosse and track and field. He is an avid skate and snowboarder as well. 

When you talk with Omar, you will quickly feel his optimism. He believes in the potential of himself and others and ascribes to the ideal that we each have to step outside our comfort zones to really test who we are and what we are willing to risk to achieve our dreams. Omar is inspired daily by the words of the great Vince Lombardi … 

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle –Victorious.”

Janina Emery

Performance Sports Coach 
Level II

Another local athlete, Janina embraced soccer from a very young age playing from youth to her junior year at University High School. She discovered a passion for Cross County and Track and Field where, in her junior year, took 6th in the state at CIF. She holds the #2 record for 3-mile on the University High School record board. Janina went on to compete at Orange Coast College and then transferred to California State University Fullerton where she graduated with her BA in Kinesiology. Along with coaching athletes to rise to new levels at AROC, she also assists in XC and Track and Field at Corona Del Mar High School. 

Sean Sanchez

Performance Sports Coach 
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!

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.

Elliott Amsden

Performance Sports Coach 
Level I

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. 

Elliott earned his B.A. in Communications at Chapman University and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Coaching at Concordia 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. 

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! 

Spencer McLachin

Volleyball Performance Consultant

Spencer McLachlin, an experienced international volleyball player, has partnered with Athletic Republic of Orange County as a Volleyball Consultant. In this role he will influence training protocols and programs for our volleyball clients both in and out of center. His wealth of knowledge and experience as a player and a coach enriches and expands our expertise in developing volleyball athletes that will dominate in their sport.

A 2007 graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, McLachlin played outside hitter in volleyball and center in basketball. He continued his volleyball career at Stanford University, and was an outside hitter for the Cardinals from 2008-2011. McLachlin completed his undergraduate in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and also pursued his Master’s degree in Education, graduating in 2012. During his time there, McLachlin was assistant coach for the Bay to Bay Volleyball Club, working with both the 14’s and 17’s clubs. He eventually went on to become head coach of the Bay to Bay 14’s club from 2011-2012.

Following his coaching career in California, McLachlin went on to play as an outside hitter at the professional level for Greek Pro volleyball team, Mas NIKI Aiginio. McLachlin played for Mas NIKI Aiginio from 2012-2014.

In 2014, McLachlin returned to the United States to work as a teacher at Punahou School. In September of 2014, he began working as a volunteer assistant for the University of Hawaii Men’s Volleyball Team through their entire season, and then was officially named the assistant coach in 2015. Spencer now resides in Southern California actively coaching at the collegiate level. 

McLachlin enjoys surfing, beach volleyball, fantasy football, and basketball. 

Paul Kim

Performance Sports Coach 
Level I

Coach Paul was born in South Korea and grew up in California from the age of 11. His sports passion was always playing soccer, and played for a club team throughout high school.After high school, Paul attended Irvine Valley College, and transferred to CSUF on 2015. He is currently finishing his last semester as an Undergraduate Kinesiology major with concentration on Strength and Conditioning. Upon receiving his BS in Kinesiology, Paul will officially be a certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. With a strong value on education, his plan is to pursue a Masters Degree in Kinesiology after graduation. Coach Paul discovered his passion for coaching during his time studying as a Kinesiology major. He is excited about building positive relationships with athletes as he works with them to reach their ultimate performance goals. Paul has been resistance training for more than 6 years, and understands how to effectively coach athletes to become stronger, and most importantly, injury free. Coach Paul understands how to build a successful program design for specific athletes in need. He believes that as a coach, he will never stop learning, and will always be implementing his evidence-based knowledge to help athletes to further improve their sports performance, as well as their life performance. 

Lukas O’Connor

Performance Coach 
Level I

Lukas grew up in Culver City, California and graduated from Culver City High School in 2012 where he finished his four years as a 1st team All CIF Quarterback. He helped lead his team to the CIF finals for the first time in over 33 years. Continuing his success, he attended and played at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut where he was chosen as a 1st team All New-England Quarterback.  Lukas continued his collegiate football career at James Madison University as a wide receiver and then transferred to Chapman University where he resumed playing quarterback and will graduate this year with his degree in Communication with a minor in Kinesiology.  Lukas hopes to finish his last two years of eligibility while pursuing his MBA.

Lukas is a firm believer that stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is critical for success, in sport and in life. Challenging oneself both physically and mentally allow us to reach our highest potential. We should also remember to have fun doing the things we are passionate about.

Lukas is passionate about coaching and has had his share of positive and negatives experiences like we all have. He firmly believes that they have made him stronger and have aided in his development as an athlete and a person. Personally as a coach, he believes that positive coaching with the use of informative, supportive and constructive criticism will always give the athlete the best opportunity to thrive.