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Igor Puglia
Igor Puglia, Soccer and Speed and Agility Coach
Igor Puglia is a seasoned soccer coach with a rich background in both playing and coaching at various levels of the game. Born and raised in Brazil, Igor's passion for soccer ignited at a young age, where he mastered his skills in the vibrant football culture of his homeland, playing the many variants of the games such as futsal, indoor and even street soccer. 
Igor’s journey in soccer began when he joined the professional academy of a prominent Brazilian club called Portuguesa de Desportos at the age of 15, from then on, Igor played for several other professional academies, such as Redbull Brasil and Clube Atletico Bragantino, where he also had the opportunity of being part of the professional squad. At the age of 20, driven by the desire to further his education, but also fulfill his dream of continuing to play soccer, Igor moved to the USA, where he played DII college soccer for Biola University and USL2 for the SoCal Eagles. After graduating with a degree in Business Management, Igor transitioned seamlessly into coaching, drawing upon his wealth of playing experience and his passion for the game. He began his coaching career by working with youth soccer, club and High School Varsity soccer at La Mirada HS in 2018. He has since coached for some of the biggest local clubs in SoCal. He is currently the Head Coach at AYSO United, as well as the assistant/goalkeeper coach at SoCal Eagles and was a part of the coaching staff at Soka University in 2023. His mission now as a coach is to use both his playing and coaching experience to help the new generations of soccer players in America.
 

Stirley JonesStirley Jones, Track and Speed and Agility Coach
Interestingly enough, Coach Jones started his coaching career with college athletes. His first coaching position was at Santa Ana College. He was the Sprints Coach and Cross Country Coach. One of Coach Jones’ athletes concluded her season as a Top-Three Female Athlete of All Time in the Santa Ana College Record Book as a 400-meter hurdler. In addition, the women’s sprinter team posted faster times that had not been seen since 2005.
 
Coach Jones began his first high school coaching position in 2015-2016 at Marina High, where his athletes broke school records. Fifteen athletes made it to CIF, seven qualified for CIF finals, and one had a 5th place finish with the 4 x 1 relay at CIF finals. These athletes became league champions for the Sunset League. These kinds of accomplishments by athletes had not been seen at Marina High School since the late ’80s.
 
In 2017, Coach Jones moved to Los Alamitos High School Track and Field, and his athletes continued to break school records. He coached an Indoor Champion for the 600 meters and a 2022 CIF Champion for the 100 meters. In addition, he coached the state record holder for the freshman 100 meters, and he put together the SMR Team that won the Arcadia Night Invitational Section in 2018. His relay teams have won the seed section – in 2019 the 4×1 and in 2021 the 4×2 relays. Moreover, Coach Jones has coached league champions, and he has helped students achieve CIF, Masters and State Track Meet Qualifiers and Medalists. While Coach Jones was at Los Alamitos, 15 athletes broke school records, and 50 athletes made it into the All-Time Record Book. Moreover, numerous athletes transferred to the next level: division 1, 2, 3, NAIA, and junior college.

In 2021-2022,  Coach Jones moved to Vanguard University. His athletes broke the school records in the 60 hurdles and the 400 hurdles. First time in school history to be named conference champion back-to-back years. Was apart of the schools first conference team championship on the women’s side. National Championship qualifiers and medalists. 

In 2023, Coach Jones Moved to Yorba Linda High School as the head coach. His athletes continued to break school records Moreover, Coach Jones has coached league champions, and he has helped students achieve CIF, Masters and State Track Meet Qualifiers and State Meet Champions. With a total of 7 athletes transferring to the next level: division 1, division 2, division 3 and junior college 
 
As a recognized multi-athlete, Coach Jones has played football, basketball and ran track and field. He still holds numerous records in the community college and university level. In 2015, Coach Jones was the USA Track and Field National Club Champion in the 200 meters. In the summer of 2016, he ran in the 200-meter race. This race qualified him to compete at the 2016 USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. In 2017, Coach Jones competed in the USA Outdoor Championship in Sacramento, California. In 2023, Coach Jones competed in the PanAmerican Games and took the bronze medal. 
 
Coach Jones completed an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Goldenwest Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with Sports Emphasis from Bristol University, and a Masters Degree in Education from North Central University.
 
Certifications:
LA 84 Foundation Certification in Coaching Education Curriculum for Track and Field.
USATF Level 1 Track and Field Certification Coach
USATF Level 2 Track and Field Certification Coach Sprints, Hurdlers & Relays
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
U.S.Center for SAFESPORT Trained/Certification
CIF SOUTHERN SECTION Committee REPRESENTATIVE 2023
 

Shan LawsonShan Lawson, Fitness and Recovery Coach
Shan Lawson teaches at El Dorado High School and serves as the Physical Education Department Chair.  This is her 25th year at El Dorado and has taught Lifelong Fitness, Yoga for Life, Blended PE, Beginning Dance, PE 1, PE 2 and Recreation.  Shan is responsible for writing the curriculum for four of these classes which the PYLUSD school board approved and are now taught throughout the district.  The driving force behind the creation of these classes is an effort to help students increase their overall fitness level and give them more choices in their physical education. In her 35 years as a fitness professional she has also taught Pilates, Zumba, Step Aerobics and weight lifting. During her teaching career Shan has coached volleyball, track, cross country, soccer and dance teams.  As a high school athlete, she was a four-sport varsity letter winner and was named female athlete of the year by her school. Shan is the mother of five children who have all participated in youth sports, multiple high school sports and college athletics.  She hopes that by sharing her passion for fitness with her students she will motivate and encourage them to embark on a journey of healthy living.


Muneer Muneer Saied, Basketball Trainer and Coach
Coach Saied has been a basketball coach at the high school level for 9 years and a Trainer for 8 years. He has been mentored by trainers and coaches that work with players at every level, whether that be pre-school, special needs, or NBA players. Although kids need to learn the skills and fundamentals of the game to get better physically, in this day and age there are so many tools online that can be accessed to help them do that. His philosophy is to give them the habits and tools that help them understand how to apply those skills in big moments of the game. Another focus of his is teaching athletes discipline, communication, accountability, consistency, and leadership skills at HOME and at SCHOOL, and how those things will translate to their game and help elevate it at a more efficient rate! He looks forward to his journey with USI and helping our student athletes achieve excellence!
 

Steve LawsonSteve Lawson
Steve Lawson is an Army Veteran with 30 years of high school physical education teaching experience. He has been the head wrestling coach at El Dorado High School for the past 25 years and has also coached football, track and field, baseball, and tennis. In wrestling, Coach Lawson has coached 17 individual CIF Champions and his teams have won three CIF Championships and multiple League Championships. As a high school wrestler, Coach Lawson was a three-time CIF Champion, three-time Masters Champion, and a High School State and National Champion. While competing for the United States Army, he was an Armed Forces National Champion, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Espoir National Champion. While competing for California State University, Bakersfield, he was a Team USA member, winning the U.S Open National Championship, a bronze medal in the Pan American Games, and a silver medal in the US Olympic Festival.
 

MarcusMarcus Jones, Baseball Conditioning Coach
Marcus Jones is a former Major League Baseball player with the Oakland A’s and a 1993 graduate of Esperanza HS, where he led his team to the 1993 Division 1 CIF title. After earning First Team All-CIF,  First Team All-State, and All-American nods he participated in the U.S.A Olympic Festival before continuing his career at Long Beach State. There he was the 1996 Big West Pitcher of the Year and an All-American. Marcus was drafted in the MLB Draft three times, once out of high school and twice in college. Ultimately, he signed as a 3rd round pick, 95th pick overall after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics. He spent 6 years with the A's, making his MLB Debut in 2000. After his career ended, he coached at Esperanza HS and ran a baseball training facility for 10 years. He has worked with hundreds of future NCAA athletes, NCAA athletes, MiLB and MLB players. He currently resides in Yorba Linda with his high school sweetheart, Heather, and their 12 year old son Jake. His daughter, Taylor, is a 2019 Division 2 CIF Champion in Volleyball and 2021 Esperanza graduate. She is currently a Biology major and All-American Volleyball Player at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
 

ChrisChris Fitzgerald - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Chris teaches Health, AVID, and Strength and Conditioning for off-season athletes at Esperanza High School. He coaches the Women's Flag Football team and has been an assistant coach for the Track team for three seasons. Prior to teaching, Chris was a personal trainer in Claremont for nine years. He has three national training certifications from American College of Sports Medicine, National Council on Strength and Fitness, and National Strength and Conditioning Association. His passion in life is health and fitness and he looks forward to the opportunity at USI to have a positive impact on the athletes!
 

Kelly ObergeKelly Oberge, Mental Performance Coach
Kelly Oberle is the founder of Access Human Potential, a mental performance and leadership development agency delivering programs for athletic teams, corporations, organizations, and individuals to access their ultimate potential through purpose, passion, perception, and perseverance. Access Human Potential programs and workshops build mental toughness, increase emotional intelligence, and enhance mental performance within teams, individuals, coaches, and administrators. With a strategic focus on positive psychology, breathwork and mindfulness, the goal is to help create an environment that allows people as individuals and within teams to perform at their highest potential. 
 
Kelly grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and has been involved in athletics since childhood. She played Division 1 softball at Northwestern University, has coached High School Varsity Softball, and has served as a volunteer coach for a variety of youth sports leagues. In addition, she has run softball camps, speed and agility and conditioning programs for children ages 6 – 18. She also created a “fun fitness” program that focuses on helping kids become more active and improve coordination, balance, endurance, and confidence in themselves and their abilities to perform. Over the years, Kelly realized that stress had been affecting her both personally and professionally. She started investigating breathwork, mindfulness, and various stress management strategies. She found that learning tools and techniques to control breathing, increase mindfulness and improve self-regulation helped her to become more productive, successful, healthier and happier. She is certified in HeartMathTM and has extensive training in emotional intelligence, VIA Character Strengths, Human Brain Dominance Index (HBDI), DiSC and positive psychology. In addition, she has a certification in Mental Health First Aid and Mental Performance Mastery from Brian Cain Peak Performance. Kelly has a BS degree in Organizational Studies from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Leadership from University of Redlands. She has 3 children and lives the trials and tribulations of balancing personal and professional worlds every day.
 

Mark Chavez - Baseball Conditioning Coach
Mark Chavez, Baseball Conditioning Coach
Educational Specialist and former student athlete, Mark Chavez, brings a wealth of experience to the field. With 24 years of teaching under his belt, he has dedicated 17 years to coaching Pitching and Catching at the Community College and High School levels. His coaching stints include El Dorado High School, Yorba Linda High School, Cypress and Fullerton College. As a member of the El Dorado Coaching staff, he played a pivotal role in securing the 2001 CIF Division II Championship and 1999 Cypress College California State Runner Up titles. Coach Chavez's ability to develop players has seen them move on to prestigious colleges such as Cal State Fullerton, Auburn University, and Louisville, among others. His own baseball journey began at Los Angeles Harbor College, where he earned Most Valuable Pitcher Awards, and continued at Cal State Fullerton, where he was part of the record-breaking 1995 NCAA Division I National Champions team. That team holds the winningest record in NCAA History with a 57-9 record. After the 1996 season he continued his baseball journey playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Beyond coaching baseball at the Community College and High School level he has coached Travel Baseball and Softball. 

Fitness Trainer, Brad ClarkBrad Clark, Fitness Trainer
Brad Clark is an experienced fitness trainer and exercise program designer. He founded BC Adaptive Fitness in 2020, which has now expanded to serve the northern Orange County area with five group class locations and a personal training facility. With a Master's of Science in Kinesiology, Brad specializes in creating fitness programs for individuals with various disabilities and fitness levels, using progressive resistance training techniques. Brad has spoken at the National Adaptive Physical Education Conference twice and has produced and presented research with a team. His passion for serving the special needs community comes from his sister, who has Down syndrome. Brad has volunteered for a camp for children and adults with special needs for 15 years and is also the CEO of the National Adaptive Fitness Foundation. He is dedicated to providing high-quality services to an underserved population.
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