Meet the Coaches

MEET THE CROSSFIT COACHES

OUR TEAM

Every person on our staff is passionate about one thing – unleashing your true potential. With this team on your side, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

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Rosario Aguilar

OWNER/DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Rosario Aguilar

OWNER/DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Rosario Rios Aguilar has been coaching CrossFit for 11 years, but her athletic career goes back much further. Her passion for athletics began at age 4, when she was growing up in a "jungle-like" town in Chiapas, Mexico. Rosario went on to be a member of the National Basketball Team, and she was crowned Mexico’s Tae Kwon Do National Champion. 

In college, she participated in track and field, where she became conference champion in the high jump, 400 hurdles and heptathlon and still holds several school records. She was captain of her college basketball team and was named Most Valuable Player in 2009 where she was also ranked #1 in the State of California, and 9th in the country as a heptathlete. 

She played professional basketball in Germany and Belgium and continued on as an instructor for USA Track and Field teaching Level 1 and Level 2 across the country. Rosario's knowledge of fitness, nutrition and training along with her ability to connect with people from all backgrounds is her greatest strength. She has been in the fitness and sports industry as a personal trainer, performance specialist and motivational coach/speaker for 20 years now.

Her expertise on athletic performance, power training, balance/postural correction, sports medicine, speed training, weightlifting, and martial arts make her one of the best in everything she works with.

Rosario has since worked as a strength and conditioning coach at various high schools in Southern California, Cal State University of Long Beach, and UCLA. 

She also worked as a Track and Field Coach at Whittier College, specializing in multi-events and hurdles, taking her athletes to NCAA nationals.

She is currently the head strength and conditioning coach for UFC Brazilian fighters Mayra Bueno Silva and Gloria De Paula and is looking to help many others.

Rosario has spent 10 years as an Elite Athlete and Ambassador for the ASICS brand and corporation. She was in several ASICS training commercials, and facilitated input in future training developments within the brand and science base shoe design.

Rosario has high expectations for all her athletes as well as for herself and lives everyday day life with a purpose. She wants to radiate and transfer knowledge to her clients and athletes on how to become the best they can be as well as providing the tools needed to become more than average. Rosario's philosophy on training is train with high intensity, train smart, and have fun! 

Coach RRA as her athletes call her, spends her time training, studying, learning all aspects of fitness and martial arts. She loves water sports and quality time with loved ones. You might find her eating bananas and a protein shake quite often.

"History is making a positive difference in someone's life each day I am alive," she says. "I believe that is my purpose in this world and a higher power has given me the strength, support and opportunities to continue seeking this gift. I am beyond grateful and forever a student.”

Certifications

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science, emphasis in Biomechanics with a minor in Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, emphasis in Physical Therapy and Biology
  • DRS Krav Maga President/Chief Instructor
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga (under Beau Durocher)
  • UFC Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • USAW Weightlifting Club Coach
  • USAW Level 2 Advanced Sport Performance
  • USATF Level 2 in Jumps
  • USATF Level 2 in Multi-events
  • USATF Level 1/2 Instructor
  • PNF Partner Neuromuscular Facilitation Certified
  • AED/BLS Certified
  • NFHS National Federation of High School
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Jenna Stark

HEAD COACH/OWNER

Jenna Stark

HEAD COACH/OWNER

Coach Jenna has been CrossFitting for 9 years, and her specialty is getting people excited about training early on in their journey. "I find what makes that person get excited, and then they thrive on seeing progress in what their body is capable of!" she says. "It’s about making training fun in the process so that the gym seems more like one big game than a workout!"

Jenna was offered 13 college scholarships to play softball, and chose to play for Texas A&M, where her team was ranked 4th in the country. She came to CrossFit as a way to train during the softball off-season and kept it up after graduation. "Transitioning out of your sport to regular life can be really hard for a lot of elite athletes, so having a place to put my competitiveness and also get that team and locker room feel was really amazing to me," she says.

Certifications

  • OCFA Firefighter
  • Bachelors in Science
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1
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Alicia Domercq

LEAD COACH/KRAV MAGA LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Alicia Domercq

LEAD COACH/KRAV MAGA LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Coach Alicia Domercq has been CrossFitting for 10 years, and she brings her 12 years of experience as a gymnast and 14 years as a coach to DRS Athletics. In addition to specializing in gymnastics, Alicia is also a black belt in Krav Maga, which she’s been training in for 10 years and teaching for eight.

Alicia started CrossFit after moving to North Carolina and trying unsuccessfully to find a Krav Maga training center. "I had heard a lot about CrossFit and how the intensity in the training was something familiar to Krav Maga," she says. "I love that someone can be having a bad day and come in and through the training and the coaching and community, their entire mindset, attitude and energy can change. The members do that for me as well. I love seeing success in movement - even the smallest accomplishment."

Her favorite quote is "When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen."

Certifications

  • OCFA Paramedic Firefighter
  • DRS Coaching Education
  • Krav Maga Worldwide Instructor Phase A Completion
  • Krav Maga Alliance Instructor Certification Level 2/3
  • American Krav Maga Federation Instructor
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Jason Spalding

LEAD COACH

Jason Spalding

LEAD COACH

Coach Jason Spalding grew up north in a small town in Humboldt County. With the redwood trees as his back yard most of his days were spent outside exploring and hiking. In High school he both excelled in Track and Football however his passion was more free running and enjoying nature. 

Moving down south to stay active he competed in not only fun run 5ks but also both Spartan and Tough Mudder races. There he was able to feel the sense of comradery on a team completing these events with friends. However, when he is not spending his time outside enjoying nature, you can find him enjoying a good horror movie or attempting to write one. 

One graceful day Coach Jason found DRS and was introduced to CrossFit and once into his life there was never a look back and he has enjoyed every day. 

His passion for fitness and being active lead him to have the opportunity at DRS to be a coach and role model for other members. 

He became a coach to share his knowledge with others. “CrossFit is not only about working out and being fast/strong/tough, its about the community that it builds.” He says. “To be able to have daily conversations about things that will not only make us healthy but lengthen our lives so that we get the maximum potential, that is the reason I got into coaching.”

Favorite Quote “The scariest moment is always just before you start” – Stephen King

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • DRS Coaching Education
  • CPR/AED Certified
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James Gonzales

LEAD COACH

James Gonzales

LEAD COACH

Coach James specializes in CrossFit and helping others. "The thing I love most about being a coach is seeing my athletes achieving their goals on a daily basis and being consistent," he says.

In 2011, James was looking for a complete health lifestyle change, embarking on his own weight loss journey. That's when he had found his passion for fitness. Losing a total of 75 pounds and 20% body fat within one year of strict dieting and exercise, he had a complete new outlook on life.

In 2015, James wanted to try out something new and that would challenge him even further. That's where he found his love for Crossfit at DRS Athletics. The coaches and members have changed his life in ways he never thought of. That's when James decided he wanted to take part in the Coaching Education Program. He wanted to help others reach their fitness goals and strive to be the best version of themselves they could be.

In the 5+ years he has been coaching, he continues to be inspired by the community and the passion that the athletes show as well as his fellow coaches. He sees transformations on a daily basis and continues to be passionate about helping others.

Outside of work and training James loves to travel and explore. He loves to attend shows and festivals, movies, theater and so much more.

His favorite quote is "Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

Certifications

  • DRS Coaching Education
  • CrossFit Level 1
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Alejandra De Leon

LEAD COACH/KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTOR

Alejandra De Leon

LEAD COACH/KRAV MAGA INSTRUCTOR

Coach Alex started coaching when she realized she could help others improve their physical, and mental well-being. “No matter what is happening in your life... being around the DRS community has been an uplifting experience for all, including myself” she says. She first attended CrossFit to challenge herself physically, mentally, and improve her overall health. She has also received her Crossfit Level 1 Certificate and is studying for her Level 2. 

Alex played for an all Woman’s Semi Professional Football Team, she played for the Los Angeles Amazons, and the Westcoast Lighting. Worked as an electrician for twelve years. She also has many hobbies one being woodworking. “Being able to create something from nothing is the most beautiful calming experience anyone can ever have” she said.

 

Certifications

  • DRS Coaching Education
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • DRS Krav Maga Instructor
Cheryl Burnett

Cheryl Burnett

COACH/KRAV MAGA MANAGER

Cheryl Burnett

COACH/KRAV MAGA MANAGER

Coach Cheryl became hooked on CrossFit in 2013 after beginning to do wods at home using the CF main site workouts.  After moving to a CrossFit gym she fell in love with the sport of it, the variety, and the competitive aspect. The desire to be better was sparked.  When she came to DRS in 2018 she realized the power of the community and how quality coaching helped her achieve her goals.  She loves coaching at DRS, continuing the tradition established here of motivating and helping the members reach their own goals! 

Cheryl has been living in Huntington Beach for over 20 years, raising her family of 3 children with her husband.  Cheryl loves the arts and creative endeavors and is an accomplished jeweler.  She is a silversmith, blending metal and stone to make unique designs, as well as having a prolific bracelet stamping business.  She also loves cooking and creating new recipes- this passion is what she brings to making Salvation, the muscle pain and skin healing salve.  

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Cheryl didn’t have much sport or athletics in her life.  She focused more on theater and socializing.  After having her second son she decided to make a change and found success in 2007 with Weight Watchers, losing 75 lbs by attending meetings and really changing her relationship with food.  For the next nine years she worked as a Weight Watchers Leader helping others reach their own health and lifestyle goals by facilitating dynamic group discussions on nutrition, overcoming emotional eating, and staying active.  In 2018 she shifted to working with Coach Rosario on her nutrition and attributes that to helping her maintain her wait loss and make big gains :)  

Her favorite quote is “seek the small improvement, one day at a time” by John Wooden and often can be seen wearing a bracelet with that stamped on it! 

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies, minor in Anthropology
  • DRS Coaching Education
  • DRS Krav Maga Manager
  • CrossFit Level 1
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Kellie Niles

COACH

Kellie Niles

COACH

Coach Kellie comes from a dance background, but didn’t find her true passion until later on in life. After years of yo-yo dieting and endless hours on the treadmill she stepped into a CrossFit gym in 2012 and her life completely changed. ‘When I started CrossFit I found my true self and started loving my body for the amazing things that it could do and not just what it looked like. The ability that CrossFit gave people of all ages and fitness levels to try new things and later accomplish what they never thought they could do was absolutely inspiring.. She says. ‘My favorite part about CrossFit is the diverse community, meeting and hearing people’s stories of life and getting stronger not only physically but mentally every single day they stepped foot inside that door. 

When Kellie isn’t at the gym, she absolutely loves having quality time with friends and family, going to the beach, cooking and “cheers-ing” life with a nice cold beverage. 

“DRS has not only become my place of fitness, but my therapy in all walks of life. It is where I developed confidence I never thought I’d have” 

Her favorite quote is “Get comfortable being uncomfortable. That is where you’ll grow.”

Certifications

  • DRS Coaching Education
  • CrossFit Level 1
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Tyrus Trevino

LEAD SPORTS PERFORMANCE/KIDS COACH

Tyrus Trevino

LEAD SPORTS PERFORMANCE/KIDS COACH

Coach Ty’s primary mission is to develop young athletes into strong, robust, and resilient individuals. He has served hundreds of LA and Orange County athletes since 2017, in sports such as baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, tennis, and softball. His athletes compete in the highest youth amateur ranks, excelling at the local, regional, and national levels, such as ECNL soccer, Perfect Game Baseball, Premier Volleyball League, Trinity League, Sunset League, and many youth leagues across Orange County.

Through working with high performers from such a broad range of sports, Coach Ty has identified specific qualities that reliably predict dominance on the field/court (e.g., ankle stability, core stability, single leg strength/stability, speed mechanics, coping skills, growth mindset, etc). He helps athletes develop these qualities by implementing evidence-based training programs, testing/measuring progress, and by consulting athletes about their goals, habits, and mindset. 

In addition to his focus on performance, Coach Ty is also passionate about keeping athletes healthy and optimizing their physical development. He takes pride in ensuring his athletes move well and recover properly to maintain their health. To accomplish this, Coach Ty incorporates physical therapy principles into his athlete training programs, and puts emphasis on motor learning, joint health, and tissue tolerance. On the training floor, Coach Ty is always encouraging his athletes to move with a purpose, to “own” positions, and to never just go through the motions. 

Coach Ty is a firm believer in athlete education and empowers his athletes with knowledge about their own anatomy/physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition. He helps athletes connect the dots between training and performance, by always explain the “why” behind exercises. Coach Ty refuses to let athletes blindly follow his lead, but instead, wants them to understand how quality training can lead to performance on the field/court. He also guides athletes through the process of athletic and personal development, by providing insights about college recruiting and balancing sports/school.

Coach Ty arrived where he is today, through a long academic and athletic journey of his own. He grew up in Redding, CA and played NCAA baseball at Whittier College. He became interested in athlete development when studying kinesiology and psychology, and through his participation in research on athlete burnout and exercise motivation. He currently lives in Huntington Beach and loves exploring the world with his friends and family. 

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Kinesiology)
  • Certified Sports Performance Coach (National Sports Performance Association)
  • Certified Speed and Agility Coach (National Sports Performance Association)
  • DRS Coaching Education

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