Who We Are

The A4A team is composed of winning athletes and sports-related business people including former Division I scholarship athletes and current coaches. The A4A team is about success in all facets of athletics, academics and business. 





As a former college athlete and parent of a recruited collegiate basketball player, Steve understands what it is like to go through the college recruiting process. He has been in and around sports his entire life – including an over twenty-five year career in the athletic club industry – and has coached in one capacity or another for the past seventeen years.

Steve has a passion for sports and helping athletes reach their potential. Through his guidance, Steve educates the families on how to realistically assess their child’s level of talent, and provides a path to take full advantage of the educational and life benefits that could be earned through playing sports at the collegiate level.






John's lifelong passion for sports, a degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State, nearly two decades of sports broadcasting, and experience in mentoring students, are what led him to the Advocates for Athletes program.

John’s sports-focused career began at KNBR 680 in San Francisco where he rose from intern to Executive Producer. He is currently Sports Director at KCEA 89.1, a radio station owned by the Sequoia High School District. With the cooperation of Athletic Directors and coaches, he and his recruited high school staffers have broadcast over 600 live games. This record is symbolic of John’s dedication to his students and their goals.






As a recruited athlete and former collegiate basketball player, Spencer understands the recruiting process well. Spencer was a two-time WCAL All-League player on the St. Francis High School's Varsity Basketball team (Mt. View, CA), where he was instrumental in leading them to the State Championship game. He was then recruited to play at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii, the hosts of the famous Maui Invitational. Spencer decided to return to California and went on to play at Foothill Junior College (Mt. View, CA) where he was the starting point guard and Team Captain. He was then recruited to Cal State East Bay (Hayward, CA), where he completed his basketball career and graduated with a Liberal Studies degree.

As the son of Steve Britschgi, President of Advocates For Athletes, Inc., Spencer was the driving force behind the A4A concept. Through his career, he has learned firsthand the intricacies of the recruiting process, and sincerely understands the importance of athletes finding their best college fit. Spencer has been working part time for A4A for five years, has coached numerous AAU basketball teams and most recently was the Sports Director for a Youth Summer Program. His deep passion for sports, strong will to win and experience with the recruiting process, will make him invaluable to all the student athletes he works with.






Zayn is a former collegiate basketball player and alumni of the Advocates for Athletes program. He is a San Jose native and attended Valley Christian High School. His desires to play at the college level led him to Cañada College, where he played his first two years of college basketball. Zayn earned an athletic scholarship to Carroll College, Located in Helena, Montana, where he held the starting shooting guard position, served as captain of the team, and graduated with a Multi-Disciplinary Degree in Business Administration, and Marketing/Communications with a focus in Natural Science.

Zayn's firsthand experience with the A4A process, his successful athletic and academic career, and his passion for sports make him a strong advocate for his athletes. A four year Dean's list recipient, a strong work ethic and a continued desire to stay within the sports community beyond college, has led him back to the A4A program. He understands the recruiting approach, what coaches are looking for in prospective athletes, as well as what it means to embrace the process of becoming a successful student athlete and he knows how to transfer this effectively to all of his clients.






Fred is a former college athlete and is the parent of a recruited Division I football player. He understands the challenges that face student athletes (and their families) during the recruiting process as well as during their college athletic career. Fred has over 18 years coaching of experience at the youth and high school level and is committed to helping student athletes find the right academic, athletic and social fit in college. In addition, Fred has an MBA in Finance and has spent over 34 years in the telecommunications and technology industries.

Advocates For Athletes provides Fred the opportunity to continue his coaching career and help student athletes achieve their potential on and off the field. He resides in Clayton, CA and works with athletes in and around the Moraga-Lafayette-Orinda-Walnut Creek-Clayton-Alamo-Pleasonton areas.