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Executive director

stephen opland

site director

Stephen was born and raised in the Spokane area, and joined the Hoopfest team in November, 2022. Prior to that, he worked for Special Olympics Washington where he oversaw a team who planned and executed over 100 annual competitions consisting of 24 different sports. Stephen brings 9 years of event management experience to his current position as Site Director, and is excited to use that knowledge to ensure courts are ready to be played on every year during the last weekend in June.


PROGRAM director

Giff has not only helped managed our AAU program, High School Elite teams, and put together all of our tournaments throughout the year. For 20+ years Giff has served Hoopfest with continuous sincerity and attention to detail provide everyone with a better Hoopfest experience.

chad smith



Chad has been with Hoopfest since 2002. As Director of Staffing and Volunteers, Chad’s main task is to recruit and train the nearly 2,500 volunteers it takes to operate Hoopfest.

Rachel Zarowny

sponsorship & partnership manager

Rowan Anderson

Project & Events Manager

jamie Copeland

Marketing & Inventory Manager

As a Whitworth Track & Field Alum and current Gonzaga Master’s student in Sports & Athletic Administration, sports are one of Jamie’s biggest passions! She runs all of our media & communications as well as helps put together our Hoopfest Store. Find her over Hoopfest Weekend to get a shot at being featured on our Hoopfest Social Media!

Josh Brandon

Hooptown Youth League Coordinator

Graduating from Gonzaga University with a Masters in Sports & Athletic Administration, Josh has experience in sports programming and loves to be a part of the game! He works to coordinate all the little details of Hooptown Youth League to make sure it is the best it can be for our community’s youth!

Anthony Christopher

Technology & Software manager

Anthony is the latest addition to our team from Whitworth University, where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Business. Notably, Anthony’s tenure as a football player at Whitworth earned him being named 1st team all-league. Professionally, Anthony has experience as a Digital Project Manager and Software Engineer. His proactive and positive approaches consistently introduce Hoopfest to new technological advancements that elevate our program and systems.