The California Regional Training Center (CA RTC) at Stanford University is a recognized U.S. Olympic Regional Training Center Site. We are dedicated to supporting Olympic hopefuls and eligible elite wrestlers of all ages as they train and compete domestically and internationally to become World and Olympic Champions.
The CA RTC aims to be the premier destination for Olympic hopefuls. Our “360 Degree Wrestler” program is based on providing an environment that will fully support our athletes by concentrating on three core pillars: Competitive Success, Career Development, and Community and Social Engagement.
- Competitive Success
- Provide necessary resources to create an outstanding training environment with world class coaches and training partners
- Career Development
- Our Internship Program offers personal and professional development opportunities by partnering with companies to build beneficial skills and networks to aid transition from their competitive careers
- Community and Social Engagement
- Participate in local organizations’ programs and initiatives to uplift and inspire the community
Board of Directors
Will Anderson - President
Will grew up wrestling in Montana where he ultimately competed for a nationally ranked high school program that placed top three in the state all four years he was there. Individually, Will earned All-State honors twice, placing 5th in the state as a sophomore and 2nd as a Senior. Will wrestled in college at MIT and continued to wrestle at national and international tournaments in the years that followed. At the Masters level, Will has placed 2nd and 5th at nationals and he won a World bronze medal competing for the USA Masters team at the 2019 Veterans World Championships held in the Republic of Georgia. Will plans to continue representing the USA in future Veterans (Masters) World Championships.
Professionally, Will is CEO of Complete Solar, Inc., a national residential solar company. He earned a B.S. from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.
Joe Baker - Vice President
Joe Baker grew up in San Diego, CA where we wrestled at Poway High School and won a State Championship in 2003 at 119lbs. In college, he earned NCAA Div. 1 All-American in 2008 and 2009 at 133lbs wrestling for the United States Naval Academy. He went on to serve ten years in the Navy as a helicopter pilot. He had the opportunity to live in Japan and fly all over Southeast Asia. He also served at the Pentagon and various places all over the United States. Joe earned his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler and transitioned out of the Navy in 2019 to begin a new career with Google. He has been married to Kaitlin Baker since 2012 and together they have three daughters: Madeline, Audrey, and Thea.
Alex Tirapelle - Director
Stanford Wrestling Assistant Coach
Alex rejoined the Stanford staff in 2017-18 after spending three seasons as the head coach at Penn. He begins his fourth season as an assistant coach and his eighth overall as a part of the Cardinal program in 2020-21.
Tirapelle served as an assistant coach for Stanford from 2010-14 before becoming the head coach at Penn (2014-17). While on The Farm, Tirapelle helped guide the Cardinal to its best dual-season record in school history with a 17-5 mark in 2013-14. That year’s team sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships – tying a then-school record. Four of the five NCAA qualifiers were Pac-12 champions, also a school record.
In his seven combined seasons at Stanford, Tirapelle has helped 26 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships, including Stanford’s second three-time All-American and first two-time NCAA finalist in Nick Amuchastegui. The Cardinal has earned eight total All-America honors during Tirapelle’s tenure, including three at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Philadelphia – the highest All-America output at any NCAA Championships by a Stanford squad. The three All-Americans in 2011 propelled the Cardinal to an 11th-place finish overall, the highest team finish in program history. Stanford matched its record with three All-Americans in 2020.