Marcus Brunson a World Class Sprinter, brings to Athletic Republic Tempe a wealth of knowledge on running form. Marcus' professional resume boasts running the fastest time in the World in the 60m twice (2002, 2007), he was also ranked #4 in the World in 2006. Marcus played college football and ran track at the University of Wyoming from 96-98. He transferred to Arizona State University to finish his collegiate track career achieving:
- Pac-10 Male athlete of the year in 2001 and 2001
- World University games champion in the 100m
Beyond Track, Marcus enjoys playing basketball, traveling and enjoying food. Currently his favorite food is Thai food but he says that could all change. When asked if he has any other hobbies, he said, "If I feel like doing something, I do it. I do it because I feel like it."
Kris has been active in sports his entire life. He was a three sport athlete in high school at Marcos de Niza in Tempe. Kris’ athletic career ended after high school due to an academic scholarship offer and serious knee injury sustained playing baseball.
He remained active in baseball by coaching during his undergraduate studies at ASU. Kris resumed his desire to compete through mountain bike racing and has completed several endurance events including Soul Ride (100 mile race), several solo 24 hour races, 24 hours of Moab as a team rider SOMA Half Ironman Triathlon and Ironman Arizona.
Kris has a Doctorate in Chiropractic with emphasis in Sports Injuries completed in June of 2009 as Valedictorian of his graduating class. Kris is a Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner and ROCKTape Rock Doc. Kris treats athletes through Synergy Sports Therapy. In October of 2008 Kris married Coltlee Gray then in April 2013 they welcomed Sophie Elizabeth into their family. They currently live in Phoenix with their 2 dogs, Ruby and Cash.
Marcos was born and raised in Kearny, Arizona. He attended Ray High School where he played football,
basketball and baseball. During his time at Ray High he was named an All State Linebacker and played in the 1A-3A All Star Game. After high school Marcos played inside linebacker at Mesa Community College in 2006 and 2007. He led the team in tackles in 2007 and was part of the 2007 Valley of the Sun Bowl Championship team. From MCC he transferred to Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He made 1st team All Conference in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 his team one the CIAA championship and was selected to play in the HBCU Bowl. Outside of football, Marcos enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family, playing basketball and lifting weights. Marcos gives Athletic Republic training a huge amount of his success as an athlete (trained with AR from 2008-2010) and embraces the opportunity to be on the other side of the fence mentoring and training the next generation of athletes.
An Arizona Native, Jon was born and raised in the East Valley. He attended Marcos de Niza High School where he was an All-Region football player and a member of the Arizona All-Star football team. After high school Jon attended Arizona State University where he studied history so that he could pursue his dream of becoming a teacher. Jon has now been teaching for the past four years at Sun Valley High School in Mesa. Jon is currently working on his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Jon lives in Gilbert with his beautiful wife, Tamanika and last fall she gave birth to their son Jonathan Kieran.
Jim Henne - Performance Coach
Jim was born and raised in Rochester, NY. As a natural athlete he grew up playing many sports including basketball, football, hockey, gymnastics, lacrosse and snowboarding. Throughout middle school Jim primarily played football, basketball and ran track. While remaining active, Jim had a severe case of Osgood-Schlatters in high school and actually fractured his back twice. From these injuries Jim learned more about injury prevention and rehab at a young age. This new found knowledge led to Jim becoming passionate about the health and wellness field. He attended Arizona State University and received his B.S. degree in Exercise & Wellness. Today he enjoys helping others achieve their maximum athletic potential while living a healthy and quality lifestyle free of pain. Jim loves to travel, workout, spend time with friends and family and still go snowboarding whenever he gets a chance. Jim is a certified USA Water Ski & Wakeboard Instructor, Level 2 Athletic Republic trainer, Level 1 TRX trainer and working on his CSCS..
Ryan Wrublik - Lead FIT Scottsdale/Performance Coach
Ryan was born and raised in Wickenburg, Arizona. He attended Wickenburg High School where he played volleyball, basketball, and track. After high school, Ryan attended Arizona State University on a full academic scholarship, where he studied Civil Engineering. During his college years he switched his athletic focus to lifting and playing competitive beach volleyball. He currently plays beach volleyball in tournaments across the country and has a AAA rating in Arizona as well as a AA rating in California. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Ryan decided his true passion was in coaching and health/fitness. He began coaching directly after college and has been coaching both high school and club volleyball for the past two years. Ryan also obtained his Certified Personal Trainer’s License from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ryan spends almost all of his free time coaching, working out, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends and family. Ryan believes that sports and fitness are an important component of developing character, confidence, good work ethic, and improving quality of life. Through his coaching and work at AR, Ryan hopes to help instill these benefits in individuals, much the same that others have done for him.
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