Hello and welcome to OurSportingLives, founded in Fall 2011. I am excited to put into motion this website in pursuit of my goals of bringing meaningful exposures through participation in sports to nurture interest and growth to the young athlete.
I was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, the youngest of 4 boys. A residential neighborhood with almost three dozen friends all between two years older/younger was my life in those formative seasons. Sandlot football, baseball, basketball, relay running races, street hockey, pool, darts, ping pong, swimming, fishing, ice fishing, biking, skateboarding, golf, water/downhill skiing, and I was in a bowling league from age 8 until I was 15 years old. This emersion imbued me with the love of sports I hope to bring to others. Although I played clarinet and saxophone, it was my running that stuck. After holding high school and city records for the 800 meter run, I went on to college to earn All American honors three times. I had two such honors for the 800 meter race and one AA for being on the Athletic Academic Team.
I no longer compete at running. I am a USTA tennis player, racquetball player, cyclist, golfer, and hiker currently.
My title is Athletic Director and Instructor at The International School here in Portland, Oregon. I began fall of 2003 when enrollment was about 230 students. I began teaching all classes from Pre Kindergarten (3 years old) through Fifth Grade (10 to 11 years old). Enrollment has steadily climbed to totals of around 500 today. As we added more students, my teaching responsibilities moved upwards. I currently instruct 2nd through 5th grade. One of the most supportive accolades I have received has been from a doctor parent of a student I had taught briefly here at TIS, she said of me, "Robert has a fundamental understanding of human nature." I like to believe that I am a keen observer and empathizer with most children and work to refine and find the correct pathways of encouragement, instruction, and facilitation in the education process.
Tara’s first love was soccer, but soon found a passion and growing success in running. A 2007 graduate of Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, AZ, Tara was a 6-time individual state champion and standout recruit to many Division I colleges. After multiple recruiting trips to Colorado, Boston College and Arizona State, Tara’s connection with coach Scott Guerrero at Loyola Marymount University in LA, brought her to the small school in a big city (Los Angeles). Tara went on to receive 7 All- American titles between cross country and track and finished her last cross country season finishing 10th place at Nationals. Her success at LMU made her one of the most accomplished athletes in school history. In 2017, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at just the age of 27. While out of NCAA eligibility, but being trained under college coach, Scott Guerrero, Tara qualified for the Olympic Trials in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events in 2012 finishing 6th and 10th respectively.
Shortly after the Olympic Trials, Tara signed a contract with Nike and the Oregon Project group, based in Portland, Oregon. She found success on the roads and the track, finishing 3rd at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Being riddled with injuries, at the end of 2014, Tara parted ways with the Oregon Project and decided to retire from the sport indefinitely.
After nearly a year away from the sport, Tara signed a new contract with Skechers Performance and partnered with a new Coach (Jon Marcus). After just a few short months, Tara won the USATF 15k championship and followed that up with a 1st place finish at the USATF ½ marathon championships, running 1:10:25. Tara continues to run and train professionally in Portland for Skechers Performance, while also working full time as a real estate agent for John L Scott.