Meet the Stark Strong Team
While Stark Strong Performance understands that training and conditioning are important, it is imperative that the athletes trained under us develop their characters into confident and socially empowered individuals of next-level potential. Leading by example, every athlete can benefit from a mentor, a cheerleader, and a disciplinarian to prepare them for the competitive behaviors life will challenge them with. This is why Stark Strong Performance is stellar at what we do.
To provide dedicated athletes quality speed development and injury prevention training; ultimately to systemize a method built on education and purpose that will reap the highest results and translate beyond our athlete’s time with us.
Meet the Coaches
LAURA STARK, PTA Global: Founder
Laura completed her college career as a 4 year Track and Field athlete and earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Truman State University in May of 2015. Taking the tools she learned from her college career, internship, and various high level coaches in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and Sports Performance fields she started Stark Strong Performance, LLC in August of 2016. While continuing to learn under her mentor at the NFL level and hone in on speed development and injury prevention with NFL Combine, she developed a program to take the tools only seen at the pro level and share them with middle and high school age athletes. The Speed Enhancement Mentorship was founded in October of 2020 to not only share these high level tools, but to also create a lifestyle change sustainable beyond our athletes time with us.
JOEY STARK, CSCS: Athlete Success Director
As a 4 year student-athlete on the Avila University football team, Joey graduated in 2020 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. He then made the move down to Florida to further his education as a Strength and Conditioning intern with the Florida Atlantic University football team. Post internship, Joey spent 2 years working with a sports performance gym in Boca Raton, and through that gym, ran the strength and conditioning at an academy working with both tennis and beach volleyball. In August of 2023, Joey returned to the midwest accepting a strength and conditioning Graduate Assistant position where he oversees the strength in conditioning for track and field, cross country, and cheerleading. At Wichita State University, Joey is pursuing a MEd in Learning and Instructional Design.
MARIANA MAZZOCCA, NASM, CPT: Athlete Success Director
Mariana has a passion for all things health and helping out. After recently graduating with her B.S. in Biomedical Science from Florida Tech (FT), Mariana is now getting her Masters in Athletic Training at UCF. She’s been playing soccer (along with several other sports along the way) for 17 years now, retiring from her 4 year collegiate career at FT in 2023. She grew up playing in South Florida and was fortunate enough to have the support system who pushed and helped her get to where she is today. Her goal is to be a part of this support system for others and help achieve goals, no matter how big or small.
OLIVIA ROTH: Athlete Success Director
Olivia is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a former Division 2 college athlete for Women’s soccer. She graduated with an Exercise Science Major and is now moving forward with her education to pursue a certification in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Soccer has been a part of her life for about 15 years, and for 2 years prior to joining the team as a coach, she was a part of Stark Strong Performance working with Laura as an athlete. The knowledge she retained brought her into joining the Stark Strong Performance team as an Athlete Success Director, and she is eager to help more athletes gain the speed and knowledge she has.
KIMMY EDGEWORTH, U.S. Soccer D-License: Athlete Success Director
Kimmy is originally from Peachtree City, Georgia and played four years of division two soccer, and one year of division two basketball at Columbus State University. She is a former graduate assistant for Columbus State University for the women’s soccer team. She attained a bachelor’s degree in health science from this same university and she is currently seeking a masters degree in health and physical education. She wants to utilize both degrees and become a college coach for women’s soccer. Currently she is a volunteer assistant at the University of Tampa with the women’s soccer program and a head coach at Tampa Bay United for two ECNLR teams. Soccer has been in her life for 20 years, and her love for the sport continues to grow everyday. Her goal is to influence as many people as possible, and to bring a positive light into the lives of everyone around her.
JORGE MAYORGA, CPT: Athlete Success Director
Jorge is from the amazing state of Wisconsin. He played one year of College Soccer at Carroll College. He then went off to get his degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Through his time at Milwaukee he was accepted into the DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program at UWM. He then went off to work as an exercise sports specialist for various physical therapists. Since then he has changed paths to pursue his love of sport performance and ultimately is looking to be a full time soccer coach and trainer. Jorge above all else is looking to help athletes reach their full potential through the knowledge and experience.
LALA PETTY, NASM: Athlete Success Director
LaLa recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with her B.S in Science Pre-Professional studies and Spanish. She is an experienced athlete who stopped running competitively in 2020. As a young and passionate coach, she will be interning for the 49ers surrounding the areas of strength and conditioning. For the next couple of years, she plans to involve herself in shadowing her mentor at the NFL level, taking on internships, and securing jobs that are aligned with sports performance. In 2025, she plans to attend Physical Therapy school and secure her DPT. She aspires to be an advocate for mental and physical health, own her own sports performance gym, and be a strength and conditioning coach at the NFL level.
SEBASTIAN LAUTERBACH, CSCS, CTPS: Athlete Success Director
Sebastian is originally from the great state of Wisconsin. He played one year of college tennis at UW-Whitewater before transferring to UW-La Crosse where he found his love for Sports Performance. During his time in college he was able to work with he university teams including Mens and Women’s: Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country, Football, Wrestling, Volleyball, and Soccer. In 2018 he moved down to Boca Raton, Florida and never looked back. Since moving down, he has worked with athletes of all levels. From youth athletes starting their careers to professionals at the highest level of their respected sport. At UW-La Crosse he obtained his B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Nutrition. Through the National Strength and Conditioning Association he has received his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Through the International Tennis Performance Association he has received his Certified Tennis Performance Specialist. In his free time you can find him in the gym or out in nature with his wife and puppy! He is looking forward to helping you grow as an athlete and as a person!
What We Do
Stark Strong Performance works with athletes and coaches 2:1 to set and exceed goals around speed development and injury prevention.
The Speed Enhancement Mentorship is designed to take the high level tools only seen at the pro level and then not only bring them to middle and high school athletes, but also to challenge each athlete’s perspective and mindset so they are making lifestyle changes sustainable beyond their time with Stark Strong Performance.
Built on education and purpose behind movement, this 12 week mentorship has helped athletes decrease their 40 yd dash time by .5 seconds, receive scholarships from their dream school, and earn a starting spot on the team two levels higher than before.