Executive Director, Speaker, 2x Olympian

Two-time Olympian in beach volleyball, Lina is an experienced sports industry professional with expertise in sports philanthropy & non-profit leadership, youth sports, professional development, career transition, peer advisory group facilitation, and sport performance.

She serves as a Mentor for the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete Career & Education program. The Huffington Post recently published Lina’s article on The Key To Becoming a Successful Mentor.

Lina is the founder of MISSION SOAR, a program for youth sports organizations, professionals and athletes who strive to develop exceptional leadership, a winning team culture, and personal skills for success.

Lina resides in San Diego with her husband, Aaron, and their three children.

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Joe Moore Award

Lina and Aaron Taylor co-founded The Foundation for Teamwork, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the essential aspect of all great societal endeavors: teamwork.

The mission of the Foundation is to bring that spirit of collective achievement not only to sports, but also to schools, organizations, businesses and communities.

The Joe Moore Award was established to recognize the most outstanding offensive line unit in college football and it is the only major award that goes to a group instead of an individual. It promotes the values of teamwork and preserves the legacy of legendary offensive line coach Joe Moore.

In 2015, the Alabama Crimson Tide offensive line unit won the prestigious award. In 2016, it was the Iowa Hawkeyes who were recognized as the most outstanding offensive line unit in college football.



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    Lina TaylorFounder of MISSION SOAR

    In her life, Lina has never stepped away from a challenge and inspires others to face the impossible and experience unprecedented success.

    In college, working together with her coach Tom Hilbert and teammates, Lina helped transform the University of Idaho volleyball program into a powerhouse, establishing a four-year home winning streak, which prompted 3-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May to comment: “The one place I dreaded playing in college was Memorial Gym!” The Vandals won four Conference Championships and Lina became Player of the Year and an Academic All-American.

    After college, Lina wanted to pursue a childhood dream – to play in the Olympics. The road on the pro beach volleyball circuit was far from smooth for the virtual outsiders (Lina played with her younger sister, Petia). At one point, the sisters even had to sleep on the beach (a story detailed in Lina’s forthcoming memoir). With persistence, dedication, and resourcefulness, in mere months Lina and Petia climbed from the bottom of the ranking to represent their home country at the Olympics in Sydney 2000. After establishing themselves as a top ten team in the world, the sisters also played in Athens 2004.

    Lina uses the lessons she learned along the way to guide student athletes in reaching their dreams.

What skills do you need for college? Listen to these interviews:

Misty May-Treanor

Before dominating the world of Beach Volleyball and winning 3 Olympic Gold medals, Misty went through tough transitions. Here she shares what skills helped her the most – they can help you too!

Misty May-Treanor

Erika Flowers

3x NCAA All-American, Cross-country ski racing 

A Montana native, Erika raised the bar at Ivy League’s Dartmouth College and was awarded the class of 1948 Scholar Athlete award, Academic All-American and All-Ivy recognition. A 2014-2015 Women’s Sports Foundation Travel and Training Fund grantee, Erika has a special interest in helping empower women and girls. Erika aims to help the U.S. women earn their first Olympic medal in cross-country skiing in 2018.

Erika Flowers

John Haime

President of New Edge Performance

John is a leading expert in emotional intelligence as it relates to performance. He is a former world tournament professional golfer and international consultant in the area of performance and emotional intelligence. He has worked with some of the world’s top companies, leaders and performers to help them reach the next level. He is the author of You are a Contender! Build Emotional Muscle to Perform Better and Achieve More … in Business, Sports and Life

John Haime