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.

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!

Kayvan Aminzadeh

Performance Sports Coach
Football Specialty
Level 1

Kayvan  grew up in Irvine, California where he attended University High School as a 3 sport athlete in Football, Basketball, and Track & Field.

After graduating, Kayvan attended Santa Monica City College where he played wide receiver and contributed to two conference championships and one American Division Bowl Championship while receiving his AA in General Science.

Chapman University was Kayvan's next stop where he continued to play Football and run Track. Kayvan played both running back and wide receiver contributing to the schools second SCIAAC conference championship in school history. In the off season he ran the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay as a Track & Field athlete. Kayvan graduated in 2018 with a BA in Psychology.

Kayvan’s experience as a 2 sport collegiate athlete with a psychology background gives him an awesome opportunity to enhance every individual’s athletic performance by strengthening the mind as well as the body.

Jenna Blocksom

Performance Coach/Volleyball Specialty

Jenna was born in Mission Viejo, CA and has stayed locally ever since. She grew up playing a variety of sports, but mainly focused on soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball. As a freshman in high school, Jenna played varsity volleyball, JV basketball, and JV softball, and then continued with varsity volleyball all four years.

Jenna continued her athletic career as an indoor volleyball player at California Baptist University. She was named a three-time All American as both a middle blocker and an opposite during her four years. Her junior and senior year, she received Academic All-American as well as “Scholar Athletic of the Year” presented by the University.

Currently, Jenna is continuing her athletic career as a beach volleyball player, sponsored by Platform 1440. She lives by her life verse Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

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.

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.

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.

Lucy Phan

Performance Sports Coach 
Level I

Lucy was born and raised in Long Beach, California growing up surfing, playing soccer, football, basketball and running track & field. She’s constantly testing her athleticism and has always been a hard working competitor. At Woodrow Wilson High School, her track & field career led her to the CIF Division I Finals while competing in sprints, high jump and pole vault. In college, she competed for University of California, Irvine as a pole vaulter in the NCAA Division I - Big West Conference. Following her undergraduate student-athlete career she continued to help support the UC Irvine Track Team as a Volunteer Pole Vault Coach as well as supporting the UC Irvine Basketball teams in summer youth camps as a Basketball Coach. Lucy will be continuing her collegiate career as a pole vaulter while completing her Masters in Exercise Science this Fall.

Along with sports, an additional area that sets Lucy’s heart on fire is functional movement and service for others. After completing multiple sports medicine internships and working in numerous physical therapy clinics and various multidisciplinary clinics, she is set to pursue a career as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Her goal is to become a functional movement expert in order to prevent injury, promote movement, reduce pain, enhance performance, and restore strength and function. With a bachelor degree in Public Health she has volunteered with many non-profit organizations across Orange County and one day hopes to create an organization that will bring wellness, inspiration, sports, and health resources to women and children across the world.  

Lucy's spare time is spent strength training, paddle boarding, reading books, pole vaulting, playing basketball, going to church, and watching sports. 

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. 

Danielle Bourgette-McDonough

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.

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.