INSTRUCTORS

    Chief "Super" Sanchez former SEAL Team 6 member/Tier 1 Operator & retired USAF Pararescueman (PJ) spent over 10 years with JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command); planning & executing successful operations & counter-terrorism activities in hostile environments through numerous deployments with SEAL TEAM 6, CAG, FBI, and other Joint service Special Ops: Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Operation Northern Watch, Joint Anvil, Operation Southern Watch among others. Conducted special and high-risk training and operations & provided mentoring, training, and counseling with direct supervision of both U.S. & foreign nationals.

           Chief was the Pararescue Schoolhouse Commandant from 2000-2004, overseeing the final 6 months of training for hundreds of PJ trainees over the course of his 4 years at the 342nd Training Squadron. Chief helped develop and write several USAF Special Operations fitness tests. Active in the community, Chief Sanchez is currently a VFW Captain, as well as a reserve Fire Chief. With a passion in overseeing operations and development of aspiring special ops. candidates, Chief knows what it takes to train for Special operations. 

Retired Navy SEAL officer Isaiah Staley began his career as a US Navy SEAL at 36 years old after serving in the Air Force as both a Pararescueman (PJ) and Combat Rescue Officer (CRO). With 9 Deployments, 6 as a PJ (Kosovo, Iraq, and 4 times to Afghanistan), 2 as a CRO (Both to Afghanistan), and once to Iraq as an LT SEAL, Isaiah is a veteran warrior. Isaiah was recently chosen to compete in the elite USSOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) Warrior Games. With a passion for human performance & fitness, he often performs side-by-side with developing students, challenging them & leading by example. Isaiah knows what it takes to train for Special Operations.

Jason Sweet served from 2008-2014 in US Special Operations as a USAF PJ (Pararescue Jumper), with over 60 combat rescue missions in Helmand Province Afghanistan in 2012. 

Jason is a former 2-sport NCAA athlete (GCU Baseball & U of A Football) & High School Under Armour/Team One All-American. As a 2014-2016 member of the University of Arizona Football team and pre-med student, Jason teamed up with Dr. Ricardo Valerdi to win the NCAA/DoD Mind Matters Challenge, inventing & developing a smartphone app together that simulates football concussions in virtual reality. Jason continues to consult & research for the DSRI (Defense & Security Research Institute) in

aspects of Human Performance (HP).

Since earning his BA in Biochemistry in May 2018, Jason has professionally mentored & developed over 500 special operations candidates in 7 different states.

Jason has instructed over 1,600 students over the course of 9 years as a private/contracted TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) instructor for various agencies including FEMA.

Mike Hazle is a former Olympian & USAF CCT (Combat Controller) of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron. Mike brings a plethora of human performance expertise & wisdom to SOCOM Athlete with credentials including: a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from TSU, NSCA certified strength & conditioning specialist, assistant sports performance director for Velocity Sports & more. With a passion for inspiring & mentoring special operations candidates, Mike empowers students with knowledge & experience about the lifestyle/mission of a Special Operator as well as the physical/mental demands required of elite athletic performers. Mike is a special guest instructor for Southern California Hell Days and an active mentor in our Southern California Group Training Chats. As a former Olympic Athlete & Special Operator, Mike knows what it takes to train for special operations.

Charley Stetson currently serves as a Green beret in 20th Special Forces Group & supervises their candidate acquisition/SFRE (Special Forces Readiness Exercise) for incoming National Guard Green Beret candidates. Charley joined the Army in 2005 & finished infantry school shortly after turning 19. He was sent to Ft Richardson Alaska & spent over a year deployed in Iraq as an M240 machine gunner. He later assessed to become a Green Beret, earned his Top Secret Security Clearance, became fluent in Spanish, and became a qualified Columbia Commando after graduating from Colombia’s Lancero School & earning his Lancero/Commando Tab. Charley is an expert in jungle warfare, and spent a length of his career in South American jungles, as well as Africa. Charley is a Hell Day special guest instructor & SOCOM Athlete's lead online mentor/instructor for all students aspiring careers as a Green Beret.

Timothy Branch “T” served as a Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) from 2012-2018. While deploying to CENTCOM 6 times as a top performer in Naval Special Operations he also finished his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently a full time student pursing his Master of Science in Leadership. Among his numerous qualifications he is a UAV Operator/Instructor, HALO/Static Line qualified, and a 200 TON Captain. T has been mentoring and developing candidates in the Phoenix area since 2018, and has been an invaluable asset to our team as our Phoenix group has reached over 20 members under his leadership. T knows what it takes for Special Operations.

Connor Matthews, Originally from Massachusetts, served from 2013 -2019 as a USAF Combat Controller (CCT). 3.5 of those years was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord at the 22 Special Tactics Squadron with a Combat Deployment to Afghanistan in 2018. Connor is HALO qualified, Combat Dive qualified, static line Jumpmaster, and Army Mountain Warfare certified. As an athlete Connor has been involved in a wide variety of martial arts including  Brazilian jujitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, Taekwondo and Kempo. He started competing in MMA in 2011 and still currently has an amateur record of (8-2). Next bout will be a professional MMA fight for Cage Titans. Want to join the ranks of the elite USAF Combat Controllers? Connor knows what it takes.

Pearce Cucchissi after graduating from college, joined the Army to become an Army Ranger, assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion in Savannah, GA, Pearce held multiple positions within the platoon to include Fire Team Leader (Tip of the Spear). As a Non-Commisioned Officer, Pearce was responsible for training Rangers and Indigenous Foreign Special operations soldiers to deploy to combat. Implementing the most advanced strategies for Direct Action missions. With multiple combat deployments to Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Pearce has worked with members of special operations units across all US Branches, Gov Agencies, and allied special operations units. Pearce now operates in the Human Performance industry out of Los Angeles. He is a SOCOM Athlete instructor in the Southern California region, and lead instructor for Army Ranger candidates conducting our online mentorships/development.

Mike Penticura is a retired Green Beret &  instructor/mentor for SOCOM Athlete NW Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi groups. Mike is a true Quiet Professional, and a humble, battle-proven warrior. He was wounded while serving in combat, and was awarded the Purple Heart & Bronze Star Medal w/ Valor. With 5th Special Forces Group, Mike learned just about everything an 18C can learn & retired as an 18Z. Mike’s deployments include: Iraq x 3, Afghanistan x 3, Turkey x 1, JCETS x 4. Mike also owns & operates a private firearms & tactical accessories company, Zulu Ops Tactical. Mike has instructed at 2 SOCOM Athlete Hell Day Full Weekends, and over 10 Official Team Workouts in the NW Florida Region. Mike is a huge asset to the SOCOM Athlete team, and knows what it takes to train for special operations.