Mystery Mascot Performer, NHL
This Speaker is currently performing in the NHL.
While their team won’t allow us to divulge who it is, we can say they are a part of one of the most innovative and talked about mascot programs not just in the NHL, but all of Professional Sports..
Come find out how this mascot program is able to garner so much publicity for their Team!
Spencer S. Assistant Director
Spencer S. is a current Assistant Director for a professional sports team. His 14 years of professional experience, spanning across two different leagues was brought on by his cheerleading, gymnastics and performing arts background. Spencer works with one of the most beloved mascot programs in professional sports!
Bob Woolf Phoenix Suns Gorilla
A former Arizona State gymnast, Bob Woolf performed as the Gorilla of the Phoenix Suns from 1988 to 2021.
He was the first NBA mascot to dunk off a mini trampoline, the first to dunk through a ring of fire, the first to ride a Harley on the court, first to use videotaped skits, and first to dunk after being catapulted from the three-point line.
Wes Lockard Burnie, Miami Heat Duncan, New Jersey Nets
Everything Wes Lockard does is centered around FUN!
As Wes explains: “I lead the league for many years by averaging 5 vendor raids per night and sits on 51 ppg (people per game). My all time record still stands in steals with 12 purses and 8 shoes per outing.”
Jon Cudo Minnesota Timberwolves, Nike, Portland Fire, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jon Cudo began his career in sports entertainment with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in 1989. The Minnesota native performed as the Wolves mascot Crunch for the first seven years of the franchise. Over the next 20 years Jon has performed in over 42 states, in ten countries, for over twenty million fans. During his travels he realized that great ideas in game entertainment happen at all levels of sports and many work in different sports, which was the impetus for Gameops.com years later.
In 1996 Jon moved to Oregon to work with a new division of Nike, Nike Sports Entertainment. There he produced, directed and performed at numerous events around the world. In 1998 created Mark Out Productions along with the resource website Gameops.com. Jon performed as Spot the Fire Dog for the Portland Fire (WNBA) from 2000-2003. He later created and performed as the Cleveland Cavaliers official mascot Moondog spanning 20 years. Cudo now manages Gameops.com and all its content.
Trent Coots mascot journey began in 2004 during his freshman year of college. Based off of his girlfriend’s (current wife) wise advice, he auditioned to be Sammy Bearkat for SHSU when he wasn’t able to get cast in any theatre productions his freshman year. He was part of the 2005 mascot champion team that brought home SHSU’s first title. Since then, he has brought his theatre background and passion to the sports and corporate world.
He had his first professional sports mascoting taste in 2008 when he was hired as the Houston Comets Mascot Haley for their final year. From there, he was hired in 2010 as the Houston Dynamo Mascot Diesel and has been performing as Diesel ever since.
All of this occurred in tandem to his full-time roles and schooling. Trent held various youth development and membership roles with the YMCA in 2006. In 2015, he received his MBA from Texas Woman’s University (yes Woman’s) and transitioned into the business side of the medical field as an Administrative Supervisor for Pediatric Cardiology for Texas Children’s Hospital & Baylor. He transitioned into the Facility Management field in 2019 and now manages 11 different Buildings (Over 750,000 square feet) for Boeing throughout the US.