INSTRUCTORS

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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 has been an instructor at 7 SOCOM Athlete Hell Day weekends, and knows what it takes to train for Special Operations.

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    Chief "Super" Sanchez a retired USAF PJ spent 7 years attached to SEAL Team 6 as a Tier 1 Operator at the 24 STS, spending over 10 years with JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command). 

Chief planned & executed 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. Chief also conducted a freefall jump mission into the ocean, climbing onto a ship to save lives.

           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. With a passion in overseeing operations and development of aspiring special ops. candidates, Chief knows what it takes to train for Special operations. 

Chief Sanchez is the SOCOM Athlete director of training, overseeing operations, Hell Day, & training programs.

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Jason Sweet is the Founder/CEO of SOCOM Athlete, and served from 2008-2014 as a USAF PJ 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 2018, Jason has professionally mentored & developed over 1,000 special operations candidates in 15 different states. He has hosted 40 Hell Day weekend events in over 12 states. Jason has also created an entire online community with 36 Group Training Chats across the United States. 

He is the host of SOCOM Athlete's popular podcast, "Send Me!" 

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John “Willy” Wilson is a former Navy SEAL Sniper who started his early military career as a Marine. Growing up in North Carolina, John joined the Marines after high school in 2004. After his first deployment, he felt a higher calling to complete an inter-service transfer to the Navy to become a SEAL. John was RECCE Team Lead for 2 of 3 deployments at SEAL Team 2 after graduating honor man from NSW Sniper School. He spent the remainder of his career training SEALs in Urban RECCE, CQB & Direct Action hits at NSW SOUC training command. John is a full-time carpenter and part-time shooting & tactics instructor, training law enforcement and civilians in North Carolina. John is a SOCOM Athlete Hell Day instructor, also serving as the lead proctor/mentor for the southeast United States.

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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 has been a special guest instructor for 6 Southern California Hell Days, and is 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.

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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 & online mentor for students aspiring careers as a Green Beret.

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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.

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GySgt Ryan Burke is an active duty Reconnaissance Marine. He started his career as a rifleman in the Marine Corps, deploying over 3 times & seeing intense combat. In 2014 he graduated the USMC Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC), and was assigned to 2D Recon & 2D Force Recon, again deploying to South America, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. 

Ryan spent 3 years as an instructor at BRC, where he served as a Phase Chief/lead instructor. Training thousands of students over 3 years, his roles included: instructing, assessing, and preparing Marine and Sailor candidates for the riggers of BRC.

He is trained in, CQT, VBSS, Breacher, Raid Leader, HALO/HAHO, Combatant Dive, Long Range / Deep Reconnaissance, J-TAC / TAC-P, and is a MCMAP Instructor (hand-to-hand combat) 

Ryan is currently back in the operational field preparing for future deployment operations. SOCOM Athlete is honored to have Ryan as a Hell Day instructor, podcast guest, and more. Ryan knows what it takes to train for Special Operations. "Swift, Silent, Deadly!"

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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 3 SOCOM Athlete Hell Day Full Weekends, and 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.

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