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

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.

Elliott Amsden

Performance Sports Coach 
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. 

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. 

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.”

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!

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 I

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.

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. 

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.”