Director of Rugby
Mark originally played football for the University of Montana, followed by playing rugby for Davis City and Seattle Rugby clubs. Mark holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Stanford University. Following his playing career, Mark transitioned to coaching high school football and basketball starting in 1974, followed by rugby beginning in 1986. During his coaching career, Mark coached several high school football and rugby teams, including seven championship-winning teams. Mark’s national coaching career found him in several roles for the USA U19 teams including formation, management and several coaching positions including Head Coach from 1998-2002. During his tenure as a USA U19 coach, Mark’s 1998 and 2001 teams played in the rugby World Cup as well. Mark has coached several players who went on to either win a Super Bowl Championship or competed in the Rugby World Cup, the number three most watched sporting event in the world.
Mark started the Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club starting in 2005 and was responsible for the development and plans for the present Infinity Park. As Director of Rugby for the City of Glendale, Mark oversees multiple men’s and women’s teams including the 2015 Mens Elite Pacific Rugby Premiership Champions as well as the Raptors 2014 and 2015 Women’s Premier League National Champions.
Mark will oversee the new Glendale Youth Rugby Academy which is scheduled to launch in April, 2016 to include youth programs (K-12), High School Boys High Performance program which are held locally as well as nationally, various clinics and camps hosted at Infinity Park, and in local elementary and middle schools.
Mark has acted as a key figure in the development of the nationally recognized rugby programs in Glendale, including coordination of the Raptors in the Community volunteer program.
Jenna started playing rugby in college during her first semester as a freshman at Illinois State University. In the four years of playing in college, Jenna was a member of the United States U19 women’s team, the United States U23 women’s team and was named a USA Rugby Collegiate First Team All-American. Her love of rugby and sports management guided her switch from an International Business major to Public Relations with a concentration in sports, eventually working in Illinois State’s Athletic Media Relations department as a student intern.
Jenna moved to Colorado to work as a National Championships intern with USA Rugby upon graduation from ISU. In February 2008, she was hired as the City of Glendale and Glendale Raptors Rugby Youth Programs Coordinator. Jenna has played with the Glendale Raptors since 2008 but has since retired from playing after winning the 2014 Women’s Premier League National Championship as the #11 starting wing.
Jenna is a Level 300 USA Rugby Certified Coach, Level One USA Rugby Referee, USA Rugby Rookie Rugby Educator, American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer, World Rugby Level One Strength and Conditioning Certified Coach and is currently working on her Youth Fitness Specialty Certification. She was named into her university’s rugby Hall of Fame in 2011 and was also awarded Rugby Colorado’s High School Division II Coach of the Year in 2011.
Jenna designs and develops all of Glendale’s Youth Rugby Academy programs to be an inclusive, team and character building program for children ages 5 to 18.
Girls HS Coach
Robin retired from playing rugby after more than 20 years. She ended her playing career here at Glendale as a scrumhalf and it is only fitting that she make the transition to full-time coaching here as well! During her years of playing, Robin has played for many of the local rugby teams in Colorado as well as a few in Missouri, where she is from. Robin has also played select sides for both the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union and the West.
Robin started coaching while she was a player and has played on a few teams where she had to be both a player and coach. Because of this she has been coaching for over 15 years, mostly women’s teams until around 2009 when she started coaching for the Glendale youth program, working with kids ages 8-10 at first and then helping with the Glendale high school girls team. Robin is currently the head coach, winning the 2013 Rugby Colorado Coach of the Year (7s) after helping guide her team to winning back-to-back state championships. Rugby isn’t all that Robin does though, by day she works as an archaeologist and has spent many years hiking around in forests and national parks looking for relics of our past!
Dr. Amy Valenta
Dr. Amy Valenta PT, DPT, OCS, MTC has been the Medical Coordinator for the Glendale Raptors since 2007 and is the owner of Denver Back Pain Specialists, Catalyst Athletic Performance and Infinity Physical Therapy and Sport Rehabilitation. She is a Colorado native and completed her doctorate at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she received the Mary Gosnell Award for Clinical Excellence.
Since 2002 Dr. Valenta has traveled extensively with rugby teams throughout the world and has been fortunate enough to work with athletes from USA Rugby, Select Side teams, as well as, many club and high school programs.
While Dr. Valenta specializes in the treatment of rugby athletes, she has also worked with professional football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer players. Amy brings a wealth of experience in treating rugby specific injuries to the team and is an invaluable resource for keeping players healthy and competitive.
Dr. Trainor is a team physician for the Glendale Raptors Rugby Program. He specializes in non-surgical intervention and is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Trainor currently practices at Denver Back Pain Specialists. He specializes in the treatment of the spine, as well as, evaluation and treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions including sprains/strains, tendonitis, bursitis and non-surgical fractures.
He did his residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he received world class training in the management of acute and chronic sports and musculoskeletal related injuries. He has a special interest in using ultrasound-guidance to precisely deliver regenerative therapies (including platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells) to treat both joint and tendon disorders.
Dr. Trainor finds working with athletes very rewarding and appreciates their drive and motivation to get back to competition after a sidelining injury. His primary goal in treating sports-related injuries is to methodically and safely return the athlete to play. In his free time, he enjoys weight training, cycling, running, and any other activity that allows him to be outside and active.
Jeff Horgan (MS, NASM PES, and NASE) has been in athletic training for nearly eight years, and with the Raptors organization for three.
Dr. DaRosa is a team physician for the Glendale Raptors Men and Women’s Rugby teams. He is a non-surgical sports medicine physician at Denver Sports Medicine-SCL Physicians and cares for athletes and patients of all ages. He specializes in concussion management and the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions of all joints including sprains, strains, tendonitis, cartilage injury, bursitis, back/neck pain, and non-surgical fractures.
Dr. DaRosa loves caring for high school athletes as well and is a medical director for Denver Public School’s Sports Medicine Department. He has also served as team physician for the Indy Eleven professional soccer team, Indy Fuel professional hockey team, the Indianapolis Colts, as well as for multiple colleges and high schools since 2008.
Dr. DaRosa completed residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Dr. DaRosa completed a sports medicine fellowship at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
Whittney Findley MAT, LAT, ATC has been an athletic trainer for seven years. Before joining the Raptors organization, she worked with numerous athletic programs in both Kansas and Colorado. Much of her experience is with contact sports, including football, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling. In addition to athletic training, Whittney has a background in education and has taught high school Health and Sports Medicine courses.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at the University of Central Missouri. She then received her master’s degree in Health Education from East Carolina University, where she was also a graduate assistant athletic trainer.
Whittney enjoys working with athletes of all ages and all sports. She appreciates the opportunity she has keeping athletes healthy and playing the game that they love. In her free time, Whittney enjoys good food, cycling, and photography.
Dr. Joseph Vear DC, MS, CCEP is a sports chiropractor and owner of True Form Chiropractic here in south Denver. He completed his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Life University in Atlanta Ga, prior to moving to Denver with his wife Adrienne. While in Atlanta Dr. Vear worked with the medical staff at Life University treating all of their athletes while finishing his masters in Sports Health Science. He played college football for Hillsdale College prior to going to chiropractic college and has personal experience dealing with sports related injuries and what it takes to get athletes back on the field safe and effectively.