Joe is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, where he is responsible for training 25 teams and over 600 athletes.
McCullum began his athletic career as a high school wrestler, rugby, and football player. After high school, he played football for the University of Utah on a full scholarship. When he graduated, McCullum joined the University of Utah in the position of strength and conditioning coach. He spent the next two years working with all 16 of Utah’s athletic teams, from Football to gymnastics.
After 6 years in Salt Lake City, McCullum returned to Canada and joined Level Ten Fitness as the Director of High Performance Training and Staff Development. He spent 12 years with Level Ten fitness, working with countless national team athletes, from Canada’s U-20 Rugby team to the National wrestling team.
McCullum has also coached multiple world medalists, Olympic Medalists, and professional NHL and NFL athletes. He has directed and led numerous multi-sport strength and conditioning camps over his career, and will be overseeing the camp programming. Tristan Howarth who currently works as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the UBC Thunderbirds will lead the day-to-day camp operations.
Tristan graduated with his Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from UBC and will be entering his Masters of Science in Kinesiology at UBC in September 2017. For the past three years, he has worked as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the UBC Football and Rowing teams. During this time, Tristan was also afforded the opportunity to work with over 600 varsity athletes across UBC’s 25 different varsity teams. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and has worked closely along side the UBC Football, Rowing, Soccer, Rugby, and Field Hockey teams during their National Championship Winning Seasons.
While Tristan trains and works with athletes from all sporting backgrounds, his focus at the university level has always been rowing. Tristan earned his Rowing Canada Coaching Certification (RCA-Coach) in 2016, after nearly five years of competitive rowing coaching. His in-depth knowledge of the sport comes from all aspects of rowing: competing as a rower during his first two years at university; working as a coach at multiple boathouses across the lower mainland; and now, research development and talent identification in high level rowing as part of his MSc at UBC.
Tristan’s own athletic career began in his youth playing soccer and rugby in the UK and Ireland. When he moved to Canada as a teenager he quickly took to snowboarding, which lead to his first coaching job as a snowboard instructor (CASI 2 & Park 1). He would go on to captain his high school racing team to back-to-back Provincial Snowboard-X Championships during his senior high school years. Tristan has since traded in the race course for the backcountry and now focuses his own training around a handful of hiking trips each season.
Along with the UBC Varsity Strength and Conditioning team and UBC Summer Camps, Tristan established the first ever physical literacy camps out of the Smith & Laycoe Varsity Training Centre. Movement is the foundation for all sport, whether it be increasing performance, reducing injury, or maximizing training sessions. Creating a foundation of knowledge around basic movement principles has a great impact on all athletic performance. This understanding, combined with the experience of the Varsity Strength and Conditioning team, is what inspired the creation of the Strength, Power, and Speed youth camps.