Category Archives: Parent Testimonial

Soccer Game Changer: Thomas Pighin

At Champion’s QUEST, we are always excited to hear from our parents about how much their athlete has improved and the changes that they have seen in their athlete since beginning their journey at the Athlete Academy. Sometimes the improvements are physical, other times the changes are mental but it is always amazing to hear when it is both.

thomas-pighin“I’ve seen Thomas become a more confident and competent soccer player. He only played one season when he was six and some loosely organized play at school. He wanted to try something other than baseball so we set him up with the CQ Soccer camp and a Coerver camp to help him at least have some soccer skills. I’m very happy with the conditioning Thomas is getting at CQ. His endurance has really increased and this is very important on the bigger soccer field. He has improved his speed, which had always been an issue for him. At school they are preparing for fitness testing and Thomas is well above most other kids. In fact he and Cameron (another CQ athlete) kinda leave the others behind.” -Chris Pighin

When Thomas comes to train at Champion’s QUEST, he attends the B.A.S.E, Soccer, and Baseball clinics to develop his athleticism along with the technical skills needed to excel in his games. Currently, Thomas plays forward, defender and goalkeeper for his AYSO-Cypress team. Thomas has short-term goals of improving his speed, strength and dribbling for soccer and a long-term goal of playing soccer professionally.

“He’s doing well so far with his team. Thomas has to play up because his birthday is three days before the cutoff so his friends are all U10 and he’s a U12. He’s hanging in there playing multiple positions, including goalie and forward and even scored the tying goal in a game. We will transition to baseball soon. One of the things I love about CQ is that he can get quality instruction in a variety of sports- along with conditioning. He’s excited to his re-testing this week and can’t stop talking about improving his scores!” -Chris Pighin

I’m also excited to see how much Thomas’ hard work has paid off and also to continue to follow his success on the soccer and baseball field. Keep it up Thomas!

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

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Testimonial:”A Parent’s Excitement”

The Confidence of Jacob Ahumada:

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We are always excited when we have a parent share the success of their child here at Champion’s Quest Athlete Academy. Alicia was so excited about her son’s Jacob’s  confidence that she decided to share. See below and experience “A Parent’s Excitement”:

“Hi Coach Reggie!

“Omg you have no idea how much your message meant to Jacob! He had the biggest smile on his face & he rarely smiles that big lol. It really means a lot to us as well! He says Hello & thank you so much & he does remember UCLA & says he wants to continue a Bruin all the way!

He says you have an invite for any of his games forever! Lol! We really were blessed to have spent time & get to know you! Thank You because in a very short time you made a big impact in Jacobs life! You should see his confidence & his drive & that was thanks to you! Thank you!! Thank You!!

May God Bless you & your family because God really did put you in our paths when we needed it the most. Many Blessings! Stay Real! It is an honor to know you! Keep in touch & I hope one day if you have a chance Im sure Jacob would love to see you. If u are ever in wilson Jacob plays at 3pm on Thursdays! Stay Blessed!

Sincerely,
The Ahumadas!
Jacob, Alicia , Cruz & Michael too lol!

Wow these words were uplifting, strong and shows the power of teamwork between the athlete, parent and the Coach.  So, I say bravo to this family for allowing Champion’s Quest to help Jacob believe in his abilities on and off the field.”

“Keep Living Like a Champion”

Coach Reggie Ward

Champion’s Quest Academy

Athletic Director

reggiew@championsquest.com

562-598-2600

 

 

Confidence is Key: Isabel Pixa

Isabel Pixa walked through the doors of Champion’s QUEST back in May of 2016 with goals of improving her speed, strength, and ball skills so that she could do her best for her Los Al High School soccer tryouts. Her long-term goals are to be a starter on the Los Al High School team and also to attend Stanford University.isabel

In just over 2 months of training at Champion’s QUEST, Isabel improved her total athleticism by 71%. Isabel showed her biggest improvements in her speed, agility, and strength. She lowered her 10-yard sprint time from 1.94s to 1.82s and also improved all of her agility scores by over a second! However, Isabel made her biggest strides in her strength by upping her push up score from 28 to 46 repetitions in a minute and improved her plank hold time by a minute!isabel-pixa-success

“Isabel’s fitness level has increased since beginning training at Champion’s QUEST. Isabel was already fit but has now taken it to another level. But the biggest change has been seen in her confidence. Isabel has increased her confidence on the field and this has also carried over to her high school where she has just started as a freshman at Los Al High School. Isabel also enjoys training with her younger brother and they like to challenge themselves to core strength competitions.” -Cecilia Pixa

Isabel recently joined a CDA Slammers FC club team coached by Krissy Grana to keep improving her level of play. She currently plays right midfield and forward for her club team where they won their opening game of league play this past weekend by a score of 4-0. Also, Isabel was also recently named to the Frosh/Soph team at Los Al High School!

Keep up all the hard work Isabel and I’m excited to watch your continued success on and off the soccer field.

Kyle Ertel Champions Quest

Parent Testimonial: Jack Mc Carty-Gann

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“THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION BASEBALL PLAYER”

Jack  loves baseball, he has been at Champion’s Quest for over 3 months now and he doing a great job.  We are extremely proud of his positive attitude, hard work and dedication to his pursuit of being the best.  We know that it takes a complete effort by the parents, the coaches at Champion’s Quest and most importantly, the commitment from the athlete.  His Mom Kelley sees the results and is very happy with Jack’s progress.

Mother Kelley’s View:

“Jackson growth since starting Champions Quest is so noticeable! His skill level has improved in just 3 months. His coordination with running is the highlight because he has long legs and long arms and could not get them to work together before spending time in the speed clinics!”

Thank you Champions Quest staff!

Mother of Jackson

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As you can see the parent’s view plays a vital part in the success of their athlete.  It is so important that not only the athlete feels the experience of development, but also that the parent sees the overall change of their children. Therefore, I must say  BRAVO to the Champion’s Quest Staff for making Jack’s athleticism and confidence soar!!!

“Congratulations Jack and Keep Living Like A Champion”

Coach Reggie Ward

Assistant Athletic Director

562-598-2600

reggiew@championsquest.com

Parent Testimonial: Kaitlyn Sachs

Brittany Gonzales Kaitlyn SachsA letter from the parents of Kaitlyn Sachs to Coach Brittany Gonzales. Kaitlyn had been training at Champion’s QUEST since middle school and is now taking the next step of college athletics at Adams State on their Women’s Soccer Team. 

“Words cannot describe the pride I feel when one of our athletes takes the next step into college athletics and I am forever thankful to Loren and Denise Sachs for trusting me with their daughter, Kaitlyn’s soccer career and development. I am very excited to see her continue to grow in her soccer career as she takes the next step head on, you go Kaitlyn!”

Coach Brittany

Congrats to Kaitlyn and the rest of the Champion’s QUEST Alumni to play in College!

Brittany,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and the entire Champion’s Quest staff for the commitment and enthusiasm you have shown for Kaitlyn in her quest for soccer success. From the first evaluation in the summer of 2010 to today, the growth Denise and I have seen in Kaitlyn has been extraordinary…

While improving physically is a significant part of CQ, I feel the more important component is the mental aspect of training and challenging the kids to be better people and athletes. Maybe more importantly, CQ allows the kids to be themselves, there is no one mold fits all…

In 2013, the entire staff was incredibly supportive of the transition from field player to goalie. You were able to adjust her training while still providing the foundation she had always found useful. From the beginning a common theme was, ‘We need Kaitlyn to be more assertive, more talkative,’ and at your first game visit you were able to show her the value of being assertive as a goalie… I can ever recall, she was extolling her team during half time that they could compete against their opponent and they came from behind to win by 2 goals.

Kaitlyn Sachs Champion's QuestAs we come the end of the high school experience, the belief you had in her along with her desire has allowed her to achieve her dream of playing college soccer next year. The confidence she has displayed since she was offered a spot last summer has been a joy to watch. During the club season she had a run of 5 games with no goals against and had a GAA of less than 1 for the entire year.   When the high school season started she was excited to be back as a midfielder and looking forward to her senior year. As we conclude the high school season, the hardwork truly paid off, OCVarsity Player of the Week, First-Team All-league, team Player of the Year, and school record for most goals in a season are further evidence of how far the journey has gone and validation of the effort and commitment you and she have given.

Denise and I thank you so much for what you have done for Kaitlyn and look forward to sharing the next chapter of her soccer experience.

Sincerely,

Loren and Denise Sachs

BRITTANY GONZALES COLLEGE RECRUITING

Soccer Parent Testimonial: Terrones Family

Troy Terrones stepped into Champion’s QUEST back in November of 2015 with short-terms goals of improving his strength and speed to become the best athlete possible. Troy’s long-term goals are to play soccer in college and one day professionally.

Troy currently plays club soccer for West Coast U-14 team coached by Erik Kirsch. He primarily plays as a winger or striker and recently competed in the San Diego Surf Cup tournament, where his team made it to the quarterfinals.IMG_0810

“We’ve seen a mindset change in Troy since attending Champion’s QUEST. He seems more focused about his training. Randomly Troy will be motivated to do push ups and other workouts on his own at home. Also, his nutrition has been much better and he sees the importance of eating healthy. Troy asks for protein after tough workouts or games. He is more in-tune with his body and realizes that this is all working to make him better.” -Tom and Maria Terrones

At Champion’s QUEST, Troy attends Strength clinics to help him gain an edge on the soccer field. In just 9 months of training, Troy has increased his athleticism by 345%! Keep up all the hard work Troy and I’m looking forward to watching your continued success on and off the soccer field.

About the Author:CQ headshot

Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, MS CSCS USA-W USSF

Kyle@ChampionsQUEST.com       562-598-2600

 

 

Soccer Parent Testimonial: Nicholas Rosales

Nicholas Rosales walked through the doors ofChampion’s QUEST back in January of 2016 with short-term goals of improving his agility, upper body and core strength to improve his athleticism on the soccer field. Nicholas went on to earn team MVP honors on his Cypress High School Frosh/Soph soccer team this past season.

Nicholas Rosales MVPAs a freshman, Nicholas also ran with the Varsity Cross Country team and had goals of running with the Varsity Track team as well. Nicholas worked hard to improve his strength at Champion’s QUEST and went on to accomplish his goal. He competed with the Varsity Track & Field team this past season and finished in 28th place in the 800m and 24th in the 1600m during the Jim Polite Walnut Invitational.

“His core is a lot stronger and you can just tell by the way that he moves. Nicholas has that extra gas in the tank when he competes. When the bell rings for the final lap of the race, he can just take off and doesn’t let anyone catch him.” -Pamela Rosales

Keep up all the hard work Nicholas and I’m excited to hear about many more accomplishments in the future!

About the Author:CQ headshot

Coach Kyle Ertel, Soccer Performance Coach, CSCS USA-W USSF

Kyle@ChampionsQUEST.com       562-598-2600