Introducing team a3
Meet the team that’s changed the game for thousands of athletes.
Ryan Beckwith is the owner/operator of A3 Sports & Wellness, Inc. and has helped thousands of athletes achieve their goals in sport (and life) over the last 20 years as a coach and educator. His specialties are biomechanics, speed and power, weightlifting for athletes, and developing the holistic athlete.
Ryan was a three-sport athlete in high school and received a full football scholarship to California State University, Northridge where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. He also competed in track and field. He transferred to the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) where he competed in track and field while earning his Master of Education degree in Sport Management.
Ryan began his career at the University of Georgia as he served as the Associate Director of the Georgia G-Club as well as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, where he assisted in the teaching of Speed Mechanics to the UGA Football Program. He then moved back to the west coast to work at UCLA and served as the Head Strength Coach for various teams including Soccer, Tennis, and Track, Rowing, and the Assistant Strength Coach for Football and Basketball.
While at UCLA, Ryan also served as a guest lecturer for Exercise Science with UCLA Extension. After several successful seasons, Ryan accepted a position as the first-ever Director of Speed, Strength, and Conditioning at the prominent Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA, where he was also the Sprint Coach for Varsity Track. Ryan later served as the Assistant Track and Field Coach and Strength at Conditioning Coach for Basketball at the College of San Mateo, in addition to being an Adjunct Instructor. He has also been a personal fitness trainer at an elite sports club and a Director of Athletic Performance at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
After 11 years on a career path, Ryan made the difficult decision to pursue his long-held dream of competing in the Olympics as a Decathlete. He committed to training full time as a professional athlete. He continued to train and compete after meeting his wife and moving to Bakersfield. Once living in Bakersfield, Ryan accepted the position as Director of Athletics at Bakersfield College and “retired the spikes”. After two years as a college administrator, Ryan greatly missed having a direct impact on student-athletes as a coach and returned to doing what he loves most.
Ryan founded A3 Sports & Wellness, Inc. in 2013, and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Athletes’ Advantage Academy, Inc. became official in 2014. Both allow him to live out his passion for coaching and developing student-athletes.
Our Professional Coaches
Alex Raya was a Division 1 athlete (Track & Field / Cross Country) and is a CSUB graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science.
Alex’s passion for athletics goes deep. At A3, he uses his knowledge and expertise to help educate and train clients on proper form, biomechanics (especially distance running), and techniques to avoid injuries in the future. He is a coach who is thoughtful, attentive, dedicated, and a quiet force to be reckoned with!
Alex has coached Cross Country and Track & Field for a Division 1 high school and was a Track & Field coach at Wonderful Prep Academy. He completed an internship of 10 weeks in Senior Fitness and Wellness and is the Head Coach at the Shafter Fit program for senior citizens. He holds a Kettlebell Certification and Indian Club & Mace Certification from Agatsu Fitness.
Alex is always looking for a new challenge, new skills to learn, and opportunities to give back to the community. Athletes love how Alex quietly challenges them to improve and then coaches them so that they can reach those challenges.
Briannah Mariner is a former D1 Volleyball athlete and graduate of California State University Bakersfield with a degree in Kinesiology and emphasis in Exercise Science.
Her success on the volleyball court has led her to many opportunities both athletically and academically and she loves coaching young athletes across Bakersfield. Briannah has been coaching for more than 6 years. Her passion to make everyone around her better has been a goal for her every day and she thrives in helping athletes reach their fullest potential.
She welcomes all who seek to live a healthier lifestyle and educates athletes on proper technique and form, strength and performance, speed and agility, and volleyball skills.
Juan Gonzalez is a Speed and Performance Coach at A3. He is a Bakersfield native, who attended South High School, and dedicated much of his time outside of class to playing baseball at the next level.
He accomplished that by playing ball at Bakersfield College for 2 years before transferring to California State University, Bakersfield where he earned his B.S in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science.
Juan is a Division 1 high school baseball coach and uses his knowledge in exercise science and experience in athletics to help train clients of all ages.
Coach Gonzalez is passionate about fitness; he loves coaching and motivating individuals to reach their goals and strive for self-growth. He specializes in baseball and speed/agility coaching.
Martin Espinosa is a Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and 10-year Veteran of the United States Navy. After his career in the Navy, he realized he had two passions: fitness and training.
Martin attended the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Santa Monica and obtained his Certified Personal Trainer and Youth Exercise Specialist Certifications from National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
As a Field Training Officer in the Navy, Martin was responsible for training and evaluating individuals and groups for a myriad of different Law Enforcement/Security skills, procedures, and qualifications. In the Navy and at NPTI, Martin discovered the key to training is understanding; understanding the material and understanding what motivates the trainee.
Martin’s experience in training the most diverse work force has equipped him to proficiently communicate and train recruits, athletes, adults, and youth!
Anthony "AJ" Orange was a three-sport athlete at West High and attended Fresno State on a football scholarship (DB). He went undrafted to the AZ Cardinals and spent two seasons there; he became a starter in his second year before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons.
He then played for the Seattle Seahawks and then transitioned to the CFL as an All-Star DB. Anthony has been playing professional football for 10 years – an incredible feat that only the top 1% of athletes are able to do!
Orange has been training with A3 and Ryan Beckwith for over 5 years and he joined A3’s coaching team during the pandemic. We’re so fortunate to have him and his expertise. Not all pro players can become pro coaches, but AJ Orange proves that some can be exceptional at both!
Riley Slayton is a Division 1 Track & Field athlete (Hurdler) and pursuing her degree in Business. She's been training at A3 for many years and is now coaching the next generation of A3ers.
Christina Ogilvie is a personal trainer born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her love of fitness started at a young where she swam competitively and played tennis.
She went to York University and studied Psychology and the York-Seneca Rehabilitation Program simultaneously. Upon graduation she pursued further education in health and fitness. She was working as a personal trainer before eventually moving to the US. Her passion in health and fitness has only continued to grow, year after year and especially so after becoming a mother.
Miles Burditt is a Performance Coach and Soccer Specialist. He is a former collegiate soccer player for San Francisco State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Movement Science.
He has been an A3er since 2015 and loves helping athletes reach their next level and their collegiate athlete goals just as he was able to. Miles also operates Touch Performance Academy at A3, where he provides specialty soccer skills and performance training for a range of youth and competitive athletes.
Allison is a Strength & Performance Coach and Softball Specialist.
She has her B.S. in Kinesiology and TWO Masters degrees including one in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength & Conditioning.
She received her BS in Kinesiology from Fresno State and began her coaching career there.
She has coached high school and travel softball for over 20 years and is a Valley Championship Coach for softball in 2016. Allison has also coached high school basketball for 6 years as well as girls tennis and cross country!
She comes to us from Reedley, CA where she was a dual-sport athlete and played softball at Reedley College before focusing on her academics at Fresno State.
Allison relocated to Bakersfield for a teaching opportunity at McFarland High as a PE teacher and began her internship at A3 in October of 2020.
Allison has a passion for helping athletes become better overall athletes and giving them the tools they need to succeed in their specific sports.
Kevin Larson is a Performance Coach and Head Coach of our Youth Development Program. He also specializes in helping baseball players - specifically pitchers - improve their skills and performance.
Kevin is a former D1 Collegiate Baseball player. He graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Physical Education.
Andie was a soccer athlete and successfully achieved her goal of playing soccer for California State University Bakersfield. She's currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Andie might be the first face that greets you at A3 as she holds down the front desk!
Kalli Beckwith is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who provides behavior modification support to enhance athletic performance, motivation, and success toward athletes' and clients' goals! She's also the Keeper of the Garden, CFO, and Media Director.