In recognition of his strong commitment to clean sport and the vital role he played in the formation of USADA, Tygart was elevated to the position of CEO in September of 2007. In this role, he has injected a fresh passion and energy into the fight against doping, including reaching out to America’s Olympic athletes and making them part of the solution. Under his guidance USADA launched the My Victory campaign prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which involved a number of prominent U.S. athletes taking a stand for clean sport. Additionally, he was appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency as the Vice-Chair for its Independent Observers Team, which monitored the doping control and legal processes at the Beijing Games. In February 2008 Tygart testified at a hearing in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s panel on commerce trade and consumer protection regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. Also in May 2008, Tygart testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in advance of Senate ratification of the UNESCO convention, an international treaty against doping in sport, which was eventually signed by President Bush.
Tygart’s tenure as CEO has also seen the investigation culmination of the international doping conspiracy involving the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco. Through his leadership, Tygart prosecuted cases against leading athletes and coaches implicated in BALCO, including Marion Jones and Trevor Graham. Tygart also led USADA’s efforts to successfully hold cyclist Floyd Landis accountable for his doping during the 2006 Tour de France, and was USADA’s contact in several federal law enforcement investigations including the international steroid bust, Operation Raw Deal.
Prior to joining USADA in October 2002, Tygart was an associate in the sports law practice at Holme, Roberts and Owen, LLP (HRO). While at HRO, Tygart worked with individual athletes and several sport entities, including the USOC, USA Basketball, USA Swimming, USA Volleyball, and the Pro Rodeo Cowboys’ Association.
Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Tygart graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and earned his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1999, graduating Order of the Coif.