Volunteer Spotlight: Introducing Team Nevada’s Coaches

Eight dedicated coaches will travel with a group of 30 athletes to represent Team Nevada at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle from July 1-6.

The USA Games are hosted once every four years and feature delegations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, highlighting more than 4,000 athletes and coaches in front of an expected 70,000 spectators. Leading Team Nevada’s athletes will be a group of esteemed coaches from across the state, including:

BASKETBALL

Tyrel Cooper

Tyrel is a teacher and coach at Coronado High School in Las Vegas who has been involved with Special Olympics for more than 10 years. He is excited to be with the team in Seattle and witness the athlete’s enjoy the full USA Games experience.

Ross Gutierrez

Ross is a job coach at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas who has been coaching with Special Olympics for three years in basketball, golf and track and field. He is excited to bond with his team at the USA Games in Seattle and experience a new city that he’s never been to before.

BOWLING

Phil Brown

Phil works in sales and has been coaching with Special Olympics for more than two decades. He is looking forward to meeting athletes, coaches and volunteers from all across the country and leading his team on a national stage at the USA Games.

Shannon Houston

Shannon is an adaptive physical education teacher in Las Vegas who has been involved with Speical Olympics for more than 16 years. She is excited to represent Team Nevada and experience the USA Games with her athletes.

SWIMMING

Tanja Ramociotti

Tanja works for the City of Sparks and has been coaching with Special Olympics for 13 years. She previously attended the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey and is looking forward to watching the athletes compete and have fun in Seattle.

Chris Meservey

Chris is a teacher and coach at Centennial High School in Las Vegas and got involved with Special Olympics five years ago with his son, who is a swimmer. He attended the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles and is excited to guide his team at the USA Games.

TRACK & FIELD

Stephenie Heagerty

Stephenie is a regional sales manager in Las Vegas who has volunteered with Special Olympics for more than 12 years. She previously led her team at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey and is excited to experience the joys of Seattle with her athletes.

Dan Allred

Dan has supported individuals with intellectual disabilities since 2003 and is a coach and co-area director for his Special Olympics program in Elko. He is excited to coach his team as they compete against athletes from all across the country.

Stay tuned for more background on Team Nevada’s coaches and follow the team as they prepare for USA Games on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SONevada. Meet the team and support their journey.

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