Meet the Team
Danny Pacheco, Owner
Boxing has been an outlet for me since I was 16 years old. It has, in many ways, changed my life and at times it feels like boxing saved my life. Anxiety and depression was something I struggled with from an early age. I don’t know where I would be without the sport. It changed me physically and mentally and the day I opened Lights Out, it changed me spiritually. Sharing my knowledge and helping others cross the same bridge I once dreaded, has become my purpose. I love what I do and the community we have built. Boxing isn’t for everyone, but fitness is. I encourage you to find something that you can look forward to every day and don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way. Give yourself one hour a day, you deserve it and I promise that it will change your life.
Special thank you to my family who has supported me and at times paid the price of my absence. To my partner in crime, Luisa, you have my heart and I could not do what I do without you.
Gary Naegel, Head Coach
Coach Gary, a Tampa native has 25 plus years of boxing experience both as a former amateur state champion and boxing coach. He was introduced to the sport of boxing early on in his youth and is fond of the discipline practicing the sport gave him.
In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and kids at the zoo.
USA Boxing Certified Coach
Conditioning coach for NABO Champion Sammy Valentin #6 ranked in the world.
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
Kemii Sanchez, Boxing Coach
Kemuel “Kemii” Sanchez, formally Drill Instructor Sargent Sanchez, served in the Marine Corps for ten years and helped reestablish their Boxing Team. Kemii has been inducted into the Marine Corps Boxing Hall of Fame.
He started boxing at a young age in Puerto Rico after being bullied at school. He immediately fell in love with the sport and what it represents. Kemmi started coaching to give back to the boxing community. Continuing his dream of helping others, Kemii has joined Lights Out Boxing, to help young children and adults learn how to box and defend themselves in any situation.
Luisa Markel, Executive Vice President
Hi! My name is Luisa Markel, and I’m the Executive VP of Lights Out Boxing and Fitness. I was a member for two years and, in that time, I ended falling headfirst in love with the gym AND with Danny, the owner. I’m blessed that we’re able to share our love of fitness and family together. My biggest passion is family. I have two amazing sons already but hope that I can build an even bigger family- a fitness family- here at Lights Out. My main goal is for our members to feel at home by offering not only a place to meet their fitness goals but also a place to create new relationships and support each other.
David Castillo, Strength Coach/Manager
The gym is my sanctuary, I spend most of my time in the kitchen or with my little family at home. I’ve been training for over 6 years and have applied fitness as a lifestyle since military boot camp in 2008. I joined Lights Out Boxing because they have allowed me to practice my true passion. Lights Out granted me the opportunity to work in a completely different environment than Military and Law Enforcement. I am inspired by everyone around me and determined to help others make changes in their life, in turn, gain understanding in my own life.
As your coach, I will always put myself in the position help you. I want to give you as much knowledge in hopes of helping you, but also learning from you.