Bob Copeland is the Senior Vice-President of McLaren Global Sport Solutions Inc. in Toronto and also on the Board of Advisors of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Previously, he was the Director of Athletics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, overseeing 31 varsity sports and more than 600 student-athletes. He also held several progressive senior management positions with the University of Waterloo including Associate Vice-President, Development and Alumni Affairs. Copeland has served in leadership capacities with the Boards of Directors of both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) where he held the role of Vice-President, Marketing and Communications. Bob is an active member of his community, currently serving as a Board member with the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative, KidSportKW, and St. John’s-Kilmarnock School, one of Canada’s top independent schools.
In 2010, Copeland and the University of Waterloo gained international prominence for their actions in the wake of a steroid issue with the school’s varsity football team; Copeland ordered the entire team to undergo doping tests and the university subsequently suspended the team for an entire season. In recognition of this and other efforts Copeland has led in the fight against doping, he received Taylor’s Award in 2011. In 2011, Copeland was appointed to Canada’s National Task Force of the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Sport of Football and was Chair of the Ontario University Athletics Performance Enhancing Drugs Education Task Force. He is a well-respected member of Canada’s sporting community.
After losing her 24-year-old son, Rob Garibaldi, to anabolic steroid-induced depression that ended in his suicide, Denise Garibaldi has been advocating against and extending education about performance-enhancing drugs and supplements privately, professionally and publicly. She and her husband, Ray, have gained national recognition for their work in raising awareness about the dangerous physical and mental effects of steroid use by athletes. The Garibaldis testified before U.S. Congress in 2005, with Don Hooton, regarding Major League Baseball’s steroid usage in sport. They also testified before the California State Senate in 2004 and 2005 that resulted in the passage of Senate Bill 37 prohibiting the sale or possession of performance-enhancing substances to minors and prescribing training and education for high school coaches.
The story of Rob’s death was featured in the book, Game of Shadows, written by San Francisco journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. Game of Shadows, brought public attention to the BALCO lab and Barry Bond’s alleged steroid use. She continues to be well received as she speaks throughout the nation. Dr. Garibaldi is a 1994 Ph.D. graduate from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. A licensed psychologist in clinical private practice in Petaluma, CA, she specializes in psychotherapy and assessment of children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Garibaldi has another son, Raymond Jr., married with one child. In addition to her speaking engagements and practice, she finds joy in the life of her granddaughter.
As the Joint Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Major League Baseball, Tim Maxey provides guidance to and identifies best practices for Clubs and Players on issues involving conditioning, fitness, nutrition and other related subjects. Maxey is a National Strength and Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach. The Ohio native is a graduate of Shawnee State University and holds a Master’s Degree in physical education from The Ohio State University.
Maxey, who completed his seventh season as Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Cleveland Indians in 2009, is a resource to Major League Club staff and Players in all areas pertaining to strength and conditioning, including the development of educational programs and assisting with the establishment of industry-wide initiatives. He will visits each Club during Spring Training.
In addition, Maxey has served MLB and the MLBPA on its Strength and Conditioning Advisory Board.
Rob Oviatt was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio. He received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education from the University of Alabama, while at the same time serving as a volunteer assistant in the weight room during the tenure of the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. Following graduation, Rob enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he received a Master’s degree in Education. While at Ole Miss, he also volunteered as a strength coach in Athletics, and, taught Weight Training classes in the Department of Physical Education.
He is currently the Head Strength Coach for Football at the University of Montana. Previously, for 8 years, Rob was the Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach at Washington State University, while holding the title of Assistant AD for Physical Development. Prior to that, he also served as the Head Strength Coach at LSU, Kentucky, and Oregon State. In 1988, he, and a group of fellow strength coaches, traveled to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia in order to study strength training abroad. His collegiate career has spanned 28 years. Rob was an original founding Board member of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association. In addition, he served as the organization’s President for 4 years, and Vice President for 1.
Rob was voted SEC Strength Coach of the year in both 1997 & 1998. In 2001, Rob was honored by the CSCCa with the award of Master Strength Coach. This is the organizations highest award. In 2003, Rob was inducted into the USA Strength & Conditioning Hall of Fame. That year he was also recipient of the Admiral Ullyses Grant Sharp award at the Holiday Bowl football game luncheon. This award was secretly voted on by members of the Washington State football team. In addition, he traveled to Omiya, Japan in January of 2009 to conduct a series of speed and agility clinics for Japanese coaches.
2000 Olympic champion Brandon Slay joined USA Wrestling as the Assistant National Freestyle Coach and National Freestyle Resident Coach in January 2009.
Slay is responsible for assisting in all facets of the National Freestyle Team program, with his primary focus on managing the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) resident program in Colorado Springs. He will manage the daily operations, recruiting and training of full-time resident athletes in the program and also train those who attend on a short term basis.
Slay won a gold medal at 76 kg/167.5 lbs. at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He upset Olympic and World Champion Bouvaisa Saitiev of Russia in the pool competition in Sydney. Saitiev has gone on to win three Olympic gold medals.
Slay won the 2000 U.S. National Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., and claimed the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, held in his native Dallas, Texas. He was a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete for two full seasons when he became an Olympic gold medalist.
Among the international competitions that Slay won included the test event for the 2000 Olympics, the 1999 Five Continents Cup in Sydney, Australia. He won two University Nationals titles, and was also a champion at the Dave Schulz Memorial International. Slay won two Cadet World medals in Greco-Roman and also competed on a U.S. Junior World Team in freestyle.
He was a two-time NCAA runner-up competing for the Univ. of Pennsylvania, where he received a degree from the Wharton School of Business. Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Slay won three state titles for Tascosa High School, and was an all-district football player.
After the Olympics, Slay started an organization called Greater Gold, which assists youth in reach their full academic and athletic potential while planting Biblical seeds of truth. He is a board member and on the staff of the Dallas Dynamite, a non-profit wrestling organization in Dallas that trains and mentors young athletes. Slay is also a nationally respected public speaker and wrestling clinician.
Slay served as the Director of Young Adult Community at the Watermark Community Church in Dallas prior to joining USA Wrestling. He previously worked with Stream Realty Partners, a commercial real estate firm.
Annie Swisshelm began curling at age 10 and was in the curling program and the Exmoor Country Club. She made her United States Nationals debut in 1995 where her team placed fifth, then went on to win the National title in 1998, 2001 and 2003. She competed at her first Olympic Games in 2002, where Team USA placed third after the Round Robin competition with a 6 – 3 record. Swisshelm was born in Middletown, OH, and currently resides in Downtown Chicago with her husband Sean Silver and her cat, Einstein.
Travis T. Tygart is the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA is the independent, nongovernmental anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the U.S. and is dedicated to protecting the integrity of competition and the rights of clean athletes to participate in drug free competition. Tygart was responsible for USADA’s investigation into the BALCO doping conspiracy involving numerous elite-level international athletes and the designer steroid, THG. He has arbitrated over 30 cases before the AAA or CAS including the cases of Tim Montgomery, Michelle Collins and Chryste Gaines. All of which confirmed sport’s ability to establish a doping violation on evidence other than a positive drug test.
Prior to joining USADA, Tygart was an associate in the sports law practice group at Holme Roberts and Owen, LLP. While at HRO, he worked on various matters for sport entities and individual athletes including the United States Olympic Committee, USA Basketball, USA Swimming, USA Volleyball, the Pro Rodeo Cowboys’ Association and the Mountain West Conference.
Tygart grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Philosophy and earned his JD from Southern Methodist University graduating Order of the Coif. He has published law review articles addressing anti-doping issues, the antitrust implications for professional sports and Title IX’s impact on high school athletics. He and his wife Nichole have a daughter, Mackie Tate, and son, JT.
Miguel Santa Cruz (European Advisor)
Miguel Santa Cruz is passionate for sports. As a teenager, Santa Cruz played basketball in amateur leagues. Later on, at the age of 15, he started training young kids in basketball in regional leagues in Spain.
Santa Cruz spent more than 15 years of his career in Telecommunication, IT and Media and currently, Miguel works as a Regional Sales Manager in Europe for Brocade. He has spent three years as Sales Manager in HP EMEA responsible for the Digital Media and Content Delivery Networks, as well as managing the Alliance WW for Nokia Siemens Networks for the Software business unit. He joined HP in 2001 as Sales Representative for Central Eastern Europe and Africa. Prior to joining HP, Santa Cruz was Business Development Manager for Siemens Communications (now Nokia Siemens Networks) responsible for the Intelligent Networks, Prepaid systems and Value Added Services.
Santa Cruz is Industrial engineer from Universitat Politecnica Catalunya (Spain), holds a Masters degree of Business Administration, has 2 children and speaks six languages fluently.
Miguel is investigating the opportunities for expanding the foundation’s work into Europe.