Our Coaching Staff

Leon Abravanel
CEO & Founder

Leon played defense as a student-athlete at the University of San Diego and University of Denver before playing professional soccer with the Los Angeles Blues. Leon holds an MBA in Organizational Leadership. He is a native of South Lake Tahoe and enjoys fitness training in nature, hiking up mountains, camping, and fishing.

Patrick Ianni
Camp Professional Player
Patrick is our camp professional who specializes in position-specific private training.  His playing biography:  U.S. Olympian (2008), 9 Year MLS Veteran, 2012 MLS Goal of the Year, 2 time MLS Cup Champion (2006, 2007), 3 time U.S. Open Cup Champion (2009, 2010, 2011), NCAA All- American (UCLA 2004, 2005), Pac 12 Player of the Year (2004), 3 time Pac 12 Champion (2003-2005), Parade Magazine High School All- American (2001, 2002)
Lauren Abarca
Head Mental Performance Coach
Lauren is a full-time mental performance coach working with elite athletes, coaches, and business professionals to improve their performance through mental conditioning. Lauren played soccer for the University of San Francisco and Point Loma Nazarene University while she earned her B.A. in Kinesiology with a Minor in Psychology. Focusing on improving sports performance through mental conditioning, Lauren went on to earn her Masters Degree in Performance Psychology. She was selected for an internship at the prestigious IMG Academy before beginning her own coaching career.
Del LaFountain
Head Fitness Programmer Coach

Del is an accomplished CrossFit athlete, coach, and programmer with a 1st place finish as a CrossFit athlete. He now coaches multiple competitors in each year’s CrossFit Games. He holds CrossFit Level I, II, Competitor, and Olympic certifications. Del owns South Tahoe CrossFit and focuses on state-of-the-art CrossFit techniques for maximum athletic development.

Alli Meetze
Head Soccer Yoga Instructor

Alli discovered yoga in high school. As an avid athlete she discovered how the mind-body discipline of yoga enhanced her athletic performance. Since 2006 Alli has taught yoga professionally. Alli has trained in many yogic styles: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Prana Vinyasa Flow, and Tibetan Heart Yoga. As an outdoor aficionado, Alli weaves her down-to-earth style and real-world experiences into her teaching, making yoga a pleasurable experience for her students.

Mikel Palmerin
Head Beach Soccer Coach
Mikel coaches youth soccer in San Diego and varsity high school soccer in La Jolla. He plays professional indoor soccer and is player/coach for the GobeachsoccerPRO team in San Diego.  He also played for the the US Men's National Beach Soccer Team.

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