Who We Are

The A4A team is composed of former athletes and sports-related business people which includes, former Division I & II scholarship athletes, current coaches, and professional athletes! We are all about success in all facets of athletics, academics, and business! 



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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. After over seven years as President of A4A, Steve has been responsible for successfully guiding hundreds of families and athletes through the college recruiting process.





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John's lifelong passion for sports, a degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State, 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.




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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. Spencer stays in the game by spending many hours coaching AAU basketball and other sports programs

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 with A4A for six years, and has been an integral part of the company's growth. 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.





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Nick is a former collegiate basketball player who understands the recruiting process well. An Aptos High alum (Santa Cruz, CA), Nick was a two-time 1st team all SCCAL player and averaged 22 points per game his senior year. Nick played at San Jose State University for two years and then made the decision to transfer to California State University East Bay, where he finished his career and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. He then played one year of professional basketball in Spain. He continues to stay involved with basketball, coaching and training with many different groups and organizations including the Golden State Warriors.

Nick’s firsthand experience as a collegiate athlete, his success on the court and in the classroom, and his passion for wanting to help athletes are what led him to A4A. Nick sincerely understands the importance of finding the perfect fit for his athletes from his experience at the next level. Having a successful career both athletically and academically, setting school records at CSUEB on the court and graduating with a 3.4 GPA, Nick provides his athletes with the guidance on what it takes to be a successful student athlete. His competitive spirit, great understanding and knowledge of the recruiting process, and genuine personality make him a fantastic advocate and role model for all his athletes.



Chris Whillsher

Area Manager - Sacramento Valley

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Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Chris graduated from San Carlos High School as a three sport athlete with honors both academically and athletically. Due to his baseball success, he received interests/offers from numerous universities including Pac-12 schools, but chose to stay home, attend and pitch at the college of San Mateo (CSM).

After one year at CSM, Chris was a first round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 1980, and played in their organization for seven years. His accolades include leading the team in most pitching categories to a no-hitter his first season. Unfortunately, injuries shortened his tenure in the Orioles organization, so when given the opportunity, he competed in the Italian Professional Baseball League, played and managed in the MSBL in the Bay Area, and then in 1994 was called up to play with the Texas Rangers. Chris was also a member of the Gold Medal winning team in the 1998 Nike World Games.

After retiring from baseball Chris became a very successful entrepreneur and is now living in Rocklin, Ca and is the proud father of three boys. He has participated as a player, coach, manager, and instructor at every level and is dedicated to actively engaging in the success of our youth. Ultra-competitive by nature, Chris knows how to set and achieve goals. He understands the dynamics of what a family and student athlete face when going through the recruiting process and is excited to share all that he has learned.