Featured Athletes & Coaches

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While over a dozen Olympians, Paralympians, and coaches are expected to participate in Elite Sport & Culture Week, the following are just a few preparing to visit Tiffin:


Liston Bochette III
Puerto Rico: Athletics (1984) and Bobsleigh (1992, 1994, 1998, 2002)

After competing in the decathlon for Puerto Rico and winning a gold medal in the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games, Bochette participated in the Olympics through the 80s and 90s as an athlete (bobsleigh) and as an official. He was elected secretary general of the World Olympians Association (WOA), has served as president of the Pan American Olympians Association (POA) and was appointed to the International Olympics Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission (Lausanne, Switzerland). Bochette is an internationally acclaimed artist, having been awarded a gold medal for art at the Cultural Arts Festival during the Barcelona Olympic Games.

Katie Smith
USA: Women's Basketball (2000, 2004, 2008 - 3 gold medals)

A native of Logan, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University, Smith earned three Olympic gold medals and helped Team USA capture two world championships. The all-time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball, Smith retired from the WNBA in 2013 as a seven-time all-star, who was named one of the top 15 players in league history. Smith is the WNBA’s New York Liberty head coach, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and recognized as Ohio State’s Female Athlete of the Century.

Francis Dove-Edwin
Sierra Leone, Africa: Athletics (1988-1992)

Dr Dove-Edwin competed in the 200 dash at the 1988 Seoul, South Korea and 1992 Barcelona, Spain Olympics. He was a member of the Presidential Task force in the fight against Ebola and has been featured in the BBC News and other outlets for his humanitarian work. Dove-Edwin spent a semester at Tiffin University as a guest lecturer in sport management. He currently resides in Freetown where he serves as President of the Sierra Leone Olympians Association.

Photo Credit: Personal collection: Francis Dove-Edwin

Marlon S. Williams
U.S. Virgin Islands: Athletics (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)

Dr. Marlon S. Williams, a chiropractor, is the former Vice President of the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and President of the USVI Olympians Association. In addition to competing in four Olympics, he was a member of the official USVI delegation at the 2000, 2002, and 2004 summer and winter Games including the role of Chef de’ Mission. Although retired, Williams continues to travel for track clinics.

Butch Reynolds
USA: Athletics 400 Meters (1988, 1992, 1996 - 1 gold, 1 silver)

Reynolds is a former world-record holder, belongs in six hall of fame classes and is currently an assistant coach at Ohio Dominican University. He won a silver and gold medal at the 1988 Olympics (400m and 4x400m). He also has three World Outdoor gold medals and two World Outdoor 400m silver medals. In 1995, he established the Butch Reynolds Care for Kids Foundation (BRCFK) for youth in his community, designed to educate and train children who are interested in track.

Photo Credit: Ohio Dominican University

Noemi Lung-Zaharia
Romania: Swimming (1988 – Silver, Bronze - 1992)

Zaharia won silver and bronze in the 400 and 200 Individual Medley races at the 88 Seoul Olympics. She won 2 gold medals in the 86 Goodwill Games and 5 gold at the 87 World University Games. Currently the Director of the Aquatic and Fitness Center at Miami Dade College, Zaharia spent years coaching at Florida Atlantic and Florida International Universities. She continues to conduct swimming clinics for pre-school youth and stroke victims. Her husband, Cristian Zaharia, competed in team handball in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Jon Koncak
USA: Men's Basketball (1984 - 1 gold medal)

A first round NBA draft pick in 1985, the 7-foot Jon Koncak played for the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic amassing 3,520 points and 3,856 rebounds until his retirement in 1996. Koncak represented the United States at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He currently spends time between his homes in Jacksonville Wyoming and Atlanta, Georgia.

Jan Boutmy
Curacao: Fencing (1964, 1968)

Renowned Hall of Famer and Sportsman Boutmy has been a part of ten Olympics including competing at the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City Games. He also served as a judge, fencing director, invited guest, Director of Fencing Information Desk at the Olympic village, and a PR. Assistant for the World Olympians Reunion Center. He is the founder of Empire Imports and Exports; President of the Olympians Netherlands Antilles Association; and Vice President of the PanAmerican Olympians Association. He continues to live in Curacao.

William Wuyke
Venezuela: Athletics (1980, 1984)

Wuyke holds the longest running track and field record in Venezuela as a two-time Olympian in the 800 m run. He was his country’s flag bearer at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. His fastest half-mile time (1:43.54) is among the fastest in the world. A member of the Venezuela Athletic Federation Hall of Fame, Wuyke has served over 20-years as the Strength and Conditioning Coach Fitness Center Director for Connecticut College.

Photo Credit: Connecticut College

Aliann Pompey
Guyana: Athletics (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)

Guyana's most prolific female athlete (400 m), Pompey won the gold and silver medal at the 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also has a bronze medal (2003 Pan American Games) and a 5th place finish at the 2010 World Championships. She coaches at St. John's University and is featured at the Aliann Pompey Invitational, an international track competition in Guyana featuring world-class and Olympic athletes. She also serves as a member of the athlete's commission for PASO (Pan American Sports Organization).

Photo Credit: St. John’s University

Dean Greenaway
British Virgin Islands: Athletics (Los Angeles 1984)

Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway competed in the 400 meters at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He continues to live in the Virgin Islands and just finished two terms as President of the BVI Athletics Association. Greenaway is a sport journalist and photographer publishing monthly articles on yachting, fishing, and other sports in the Caribbean.

Steven Lee
Taiwan: Bobsleigh (2002)

Lee was the fifth man for the Taiwan bobsledding team competing at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He has been in the United States since he was 14-years old having attended San Jose State University and excelling in martial arts. Lee survived a near-fatal automobile accident when his coach collided with a semi-truck one evening during the Olympic Games. Currently he resides in Chicago working as a finance analyst.

Peggy Ewald
USA: U.S. Paralympics Swimming staff (2008, 2012), Paralympic Games (2016)

Ewald's hometown is Tiffin, Ohio where she earned a bachelor's degree from Tiffin University and a master's degree from Heidelberg University.  In additional to Beijing, London and Rio Paralympic Games, Ewald has served Team USA at over 24 international swimming championships, including Para Pan Pacs, World Series, World Championships and Para Pan American Games.

Mary Wineberg
USA: Athletics Track & Field (2008 – gold)

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Wineberg was not ready to hang up her track spikes and believed there was more for her to accomplish in the sport. She worked her way up to the highest level in her sport, ranking twice in the top ten in the world, but her biggest accomplishment came after winning a gold medal as the lead off runner of the USA 4x400 meter relay team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Other highlights include 2007 World Champion (4x400 meter relay), placing third in the 2007 USA National Championships and a top ten ranking in the USA six times.

Gary Morgan
USA: Race Walking (1988)

Morgan has competed on 17 national teams including the World Championships, the Goodwill Games, the World Cup and the Pan Am Games. He carried the torch in 1996 and 2002. A consummate adventurer, Morgan continues to race around the world (Kilimanjaro to Antarctica) and has volunteered at the Olympics, including the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games He is a television reporter for the Running Network and a writer for Michigan Runner.

Amanda Everlove
USA: Swimming (2008, 2012 Paralympics – 3 silver)

A former swimmer at Ohio Northern University with a paralyzed arm, Everlove won three silver medals in the 100 m butterfly, 200 m individual medley, and 50 m freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She also won a Bronze medal at the 2010 World Paralympics. Currently, Everlove is a pharmacist in Ada, Ohio.

Photo credit: Ohio Northern

Wayne Seybold
USA: Figure Skating (1988, Calgary)

Seybold skated with his sister Natalie in the pairs competition winning five senior international medals. The pair were two-time national champions in pairs figure skating. After his competitive career, Seybold entered politics and was mayor of Marion, Indiana for 11 years. Currently he is a national director of government business and affairs for a health care company and he owns an ice rink in Marion.

Matthew Mitten
USA: Court of Arbitration for Sports (2014, Sochi)

Serving on the ad hoc Division for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Mitten is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and on arbitration and/or anti-doping panels for the LPGA and UFC. He currently is a professor of law and Executive Director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University.

Photo credit: Marquette University

Jack hazen
USA: Athletics (2012)

Legendary Jack Hazen coached Team USA distance runners in the 2012 London Olympics. He has served as the head cross country coach at Malone University for over 50 years and was honored in 2017 as a Hall of Fame Inductee for the USA Track & Field Coaches Association.

Photo Credit: Todd Biss

Anna Goodale
USA: Rowing (2008 - gold)

Four-time world champion Anna Goodale was a member of the eight-person rowing team that captured gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Originally from Maine, Goodale was a walk-on at Syracuse University before becoming a multi-year first-team All-American. Currently she serves as an assistant coach at the Ohio State University.

Photo Credit: The Ohio State University

Khadevis Robinson

USA: Athletics (2004, 2012)

Robinson participated in the 800 m in both the 2004 Athens and 2012 London Olympic Games. He qualified for seven world championships and is a four-time USA outdoor and USA indoor champion. He is in his second year serving as head cross country and assistant track coach at the Oho State University.

Photo Credit: Damian Rinaldi

Jessica Smith Kooreman

USA: Speedskating (2014, 2018)

Jessica Smith-Kooreman is a short-track speed skater who competed in the winter Olympics in 2014 Sochi, Russia (4th place in the 1000 meters) and 2018 PyeongChang, South Korea. She was an alternate for the 2010 Vancouver Games. As a former in-line skater, she worn 16 world championships. Overall, she amassed 30 world titles when retiring in 2018. Jessica is married to Mike Kooreman, head coach of the USA long track speed skating team.

Photo Credit: Mike Kooreman

Mike Kooreman

USA: Speedskating Coach (2010, 2018)

Mike Kooreman, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was a sprint coach and long track program coordinator for Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in Canada. Kooreman was promoted to team leader for the USA men’s long track team at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games in South Korea. He is married to two-time Olympic speed skater, Jessica Smith Kooreman.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mike Kooreman

Barbra Higgins Arana

Panama: Fencing (1984)

Higgins competed in the foil competition for the country of Panama at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she was selected to carry her country flag at the closing ceremonies. Ms. Higgins’ community involvement includes her Presidential appointment to the Small Business Administration National Advisory Council, Executive Board member, VP and CFO of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF), Board member and Treasurer of Northern California Olympians Alumni Association, Director of World Olympians Association Liaison for the Americas, and motivational guest speaker for schools and community groups. She is President of Asta Incorporated.

Dave Clark

USA: Baseball Staff (1996)

Dave Clark was on the official staff for the bronze medal USA baseball team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. A survivor of childhood polio, Dave Clark is the only professional baseball player to pitch from crutches. After his pitching career ended, he purchased the Indianapolis Clowns, the last active team in the Negro league. He spent ten years coaching in the Swedish major league, winning three championships. He has been a scout for five MLB teams and was a pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves during spring training.

Photo Credit: Dave Clark (Personal Collection)

Amadou Dia Ba

Senegal (Africa): Athletics (1984, 1988, 1992 – 1 silver)

While narrowly missing gold in the 400 m hurdles at the Seoul 1988 Olympics, his time of 47.23 seconds remains the fastest non-winning time ever recorded in the history of the event which would have won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. He served 8-years as a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission through the Association for National Olympic Committees (ANOC). Dia Ba is currently President of the African Olympians Association and an executive board member of the World Olympians Association.

Sebastian Keitel

Chile: Athletics (1996)

A world-class sprinter (100 and 200 meter), Keitel earned numerous medals in international competitions including the South American Games, World Indoor Championships, and Pan American Games. He participated in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and after retirement from his athletic career, Keitel transitioned to television and appeared in numerous documentaries and reality series. During the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, he was a broadcast commentator for Televisión Nacional de Chile. He is involved in promoting research and care for victims of ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) and in 2017 he was elected to the Congressional cabinet of the Chilean national Parliament.

David Payne

USA: Athletics (2008 Beijing – 1 silver)

Competing in the 100 m hurdles, Payne won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games; a pair of bronze medals at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships, and a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. He recently retired from a decade professional career sponsored by Nike. After a debilitating race injury in 2013 separating his femur and hip bone, Payne recovered and joined his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, as a volunteer track coach. Currently he serves as an assistant track coach at Xavier University.

Photo Credit: Xavier University


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