| Wednesday, January 31, 2018
David Burke, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
David Shackley, Marriott International Corporate Communications
Elizabeth Hahn, USA Swimming Safe Sport Senior Manager
Isabelle McLemore, USA Swimming Managing Director, Communications
Joel Shinofield, USA Swimming Managing Director of Sport Development
Joel Shinofield is the Managing Director of Sport Development at USA Swimming, overseeing the Sport Development Division within the Technical Business Unit executing a strategic plan that enhances the development and education of athletes, coaches, clubs and Local Swimming Committees (LSC) across all levels of the sport in the U.S.
In his role, Shinofield is charged with supporting the growth of the sport at all levels and connecting swimming stakeholders from grassroots to competitive levels, leading efforts to advance organizational initiatives promoting membership growth and retention. Shinofield will direct support for USA Swimming member clubs and advance coach leadership and education.
Prior to USA Swimming, Shinofield served as the executive director of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the oldest collegiate coaches association in the United States, for seven years. During Shinofield’s tenure at the CSCAA sponsorship revenue increased over 300%, membership numbers reached all-time highs. In addition, several new programs were established including the highly successful Coach Academy, CSCAA National Invitational Championship, CSCAAA Open Water Championship, alumni portal, and the launch of a coach mentoring initiative.
Shinofield previously served as head men’s swimming coach at his alma mater, Washington and Lee University, for nine years compiling a .800 winning percentage in dual meets, 4 conference championships, 4 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Coach of the Year Awards, two top-ten NCAA team finishes mentoring 19 All-Americans earning over 70 All-America citations. Six of Shinofield’s athletes went on to earn NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. Shinofield served as president of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference.
Prior to coaching at Washington and Lee, Shinofield served as the recruiting coordinator and volunteer assistant swimming coach to legendary coaches Jean Freeman and Terry Ganley at the University of Minnesota for four years. Shinofield was also the head coach and executive director of the Richfield Swim Club for nine years, serving as the vice-chair of Minnesota Swimming and the president of the Minnesota Swimming Coaches Association during that time.
Before entering coaching full time, Shinofield was a program director at the Youth Trust, an organization dedicated to improving education through building partnerships between schools with major corporations. Shinofield developed several successful partnerships with General Mills, Wells Fargo, Cargill and Target to name a few.
Julie Zdziarski, Sponsorship Research International (SRi) Vice President
A 28-year market research veteran, 22 years with SRi, focused solely on sponsorship and experiential measurement. Julie is known for innovative and targeted research designs that force accountability across all marketing disciplines. She has worked closely with blue-chip brands and properties such as Nike, American Express, Toyota and the NFL. SRi has been working closely with USA Swimming helping to uncover member insights since 2010. Julie is a passionate open water swimmer, attends regular masters swim workouts and perhaps most importantly, is a SWIM MOM to Julianne 14 and Andrew 16 – both with aspirations of qualifying for Junior Nationals someday soon and swimming at the collegiate level.
Katy Wilson, Tide Swimming President
Katy Arris-Wilson is serving in her 7th year as the President of the Tide Swimming Board of Directors in South Hampton Roads, Virginia. A former USA Swimming National Team member (1988-1992), Katy worked at Bain and Company in Dallas, TX and Johannesburg, South Africa as a strategic management consultant after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA degree in Economics - Honors. At UT she served as Team Captain of the women's swimming team, and two of her four years the team won National Championships. Her business experience, background in competitive swimming and journey as a parent provide a complementary skill set to help augment competitive club swimming in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA . Her service is both a labor of love and way to give back to the sport that positively shaped her.
Katy resides in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband, Kevin, and three children, Will (19), Sophie (17) and Kayla (15). Will is a freshman at the University of Tennessee.
Kristina Bond, Team Charlotte Swimming Director of Operations
Kristina Bond grew up just north of Boston, MA, and relocated to Charlotte, NC to attend Queens University of Charlotte, where she swam for the Royals at the Division II level. She received her B.A in Elementary Education from Queens University of Charlotte in 2012, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management in 2018 at UNC Greensboro. Kristina currently serves as the Director of Operations for TEAM Charlotte Swimming in Charlotte. Kristina joined TEAM Charlotte in 2015 as Head Age Group Coach, and transitioned into the Dir. of Operations role in 2017. During Kristina’s tenure with TEAM, they have grown from 33 to over 250 swimmers, and from one to four practice sites across the greater Charlotte area. Along with TEAM Charlotte, Kristina is the Program Director of Swimming and Varsity Boys and Girls Head Swim Coach at Providence Day School, as well as Head Coach for the Barclay Downs Waterdogs summer league team in Charlotte.
Mariejo Truex, USA Swimming Senior Director, Education, Programs & Services
MJ has been with USA Swimming since 2005. She spent the first quad working with USA Swimming’s National Team Division as part of the Performance Science & Technology Services Team where she worked closely with the National Team athletes and coaches. MJ moved to Club Development after the 2008 Beijing Games and served as a Sports Performance Consultant from 2008-2012. She visited numerous teams across the country delivering information to teams, coaches and athletes that directly impact performance (nutrition, technique, goal setting, etc.). In 2012 MJ became the Program Operations Manager where she took over managing Club Development camps, events, and website educational content. In 2013, she became the Programs and Services Manager and took on additional roles directly related to coach and club education. In July 2014, MJ was promoted to Director of Programs and Services, where USA Swimming’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts are based. The 2 other areas MJ directs are LSC Consulting Services along with Coach, Club and Athlete education. Before coming to USA Swimming, MJ was a head coach on the collegiate level for seven years. She has been coaching for a local club team since 2004. MJ is a graduate of New York University where she completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate work. She resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and three kids
Michael Terry, U.S. Figure Skating Director of Communications
Michael Terry is the Director of Communications at U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body for the sport figure skating in the United States. He leads the media relations efforts for Team USA athletes, as well as media operations at major domestic and international events. He also helps to craft the planning and execution of the organization’s overall media strategy.
Terry provides guidance related to the development and implementation of the organization’s social media strategy, in addition to managing the day-to-day relationships with NBC Universal’s digital properties, including NBC Sports Gold and NBCSports.com. He oversees U.S. Figure Skating’s digital platform partner relationships.
He also works closely with the events and marketing teams, and local organizing committees to support strategic initiatives that market and promote major events and community outreach.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Sport Management and Policy. In the summer of 2013, he was USA Swimming’s communications intern.
Mike Varozza, Waterloo Swimming Owner & Director
Mike Varozza, Owner and director of Waterloo Swimming has been involved in swimming for over 30 years. Starting out in summer league swimming, joining year around USAS club and high school swimming, then finishing his swimming career in college at Texas A&M. Mike's swimming career includes NCAA Swimming All-American, US Swimming 1988 Olympic Trials Qualifier, and current US Masters Swimming National and World Record Holder. Mike's coaching career has been influenced by some of the nation’s best coaches including Dick Jochums and Jay Fitzgerald – both American Swim Coaches Association Honor of Fame coaches. Mike and his wife Gwyn started Waterloo Swimming in the summer of 2010 with 50 swimmers and 5 employees...now have a staff of 50 with over 1,500 participating in Waterloo's programs.
Tim Hinchey, USA Swimming President / CEO
Tim Hinchey became the CEO of USA Swimming in July of 2017. Over the course of his career as a sports business executive, Hinchey has held leadership positions in the United States and the United Kingdom for organizations such as Major League Soccer, English Premier League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and junior and minor league hockey franchises.
In his role as President of the Colorado Rapids, Hinchey led the club to both on- and off-field success. In 2016, he was named Major League Soccer’s Executive of the Year.
Hinchey’s international experience includes a three-year term as the Vice President of Commercial and Chief Marketing Officer for English football club Derby County FC.
Before heading overseas, Hinchey served in executive positions for the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, as well as serving as Director of Strategic Alliances for Maloof Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Sacramento Kings.
His start in professional sports began with the Los Angeles Kings in 1991 and continued with sales and marketing roles with the Tri-City Americans junior hockey club and the IHL Utah Grizzlies. Hinchey went on to serve as Director of Strategic Alliances for Maloof Sports & Entertainment, where he developed strategic plans for all corporate partnerships integral to the NBA Sacramento Kings, WNBA Sacramento Monarchs, WISL Sacramento Knights, ARCO Arena and Senior PGA Tour Gold Rush Classic.
Hinchey volunteers as an assistant swim coach for the Special Olympics Aurora Waves swim team and served on the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association of Colorado from 2013-16. He is a Board member of the Industry Advisor Committee for Insight Centre for Data Analytics based in Ireland, Arsenal Broadband Media in London and FanCompass in San Francisco.
A native of Danville, California, Hinchey went on to earn a B.A. in Economics while a four-year letterman swimmer at UC Irvine and went on to serve as a graduate assistant swim coach at the school. Hinchey and his wife Mia are the proud parents of six children.
Tim LaRoche, TeamUnify VP of Sales and Business Development
Tom Avischious, USA Swimming Senior Director of Field Services
Tom is in his 23rd year with USA Swimming. During that time, he has helped develop numerous programs to help clubs and coaches become more successful. Some of the ones that you may be familiar with are the Club Recognition Program, the Club Leadership & Business Management School, the Virtual Club Championships and the Club Excellence Program.
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