Speakers - 2015

DeAnna Ball

DeAnna began playing ultimate while attending Purdue University in 1991. As a player, DeAnna has played with several Ohio and midwest-based teams including Club National qualifiers Clutch ('99), Cocoa ('00), Collide ('04) and MOJO ('05-'07). She has also played at the Masters level with MOJO 2.0 (’10-’11). DeAnna has served as a Regional Coordinator and the UPA/USA Ultimate National Women's Director ('02-'12) and is the current Vice President of the USA Ultimate Board of Directors. DeAnna has served as the head coach for Ohio State University women's team since the 2006-07 season. In 2014, she led Ohio State to a College National Championship, the first from non-west coast team since 2001. DeAnna has also served on the selection committee for the U19 (’14) and U23 (’15) US Womens' National Teams. Her contributions to the sport, integrity, and her play have been recognized with a Kathy Pufahl Spirit Award ('07), the highest individual award in the Club women's division. Outside ultimate, DeAnna is an Instructional Designer, developing digital educational products for a major publisher.

Tiina Booth

Tiina is an Ultiworld columnist. She retired from teaching English at Amherst Regional High School 4 years ago and retired from coaching their varsity boys team this past September. She still runs the National Ultimate Training Camp and offers clinics on coaching, training and sports psychology to teams of all levels. She is a co-author of Essential Ultimate and one of the founders of the Ultimate Coaches and Players Conference. She will be coaching the UMass Men for the 2014-2015 season.

Lauren Boyle

Lauren has been coaching ultimate for 5 years. She was part of the coaching staff that led the Monarch High School Girls team to 3 straight State Championships and a Westerns Championship. Lauren then moved to coaching college at the University of Colorado and joined the USA U23 women's coachingstaff in 2015. She has played for Colorado's Molly Brown
for 5 years and captained 2 of those years.

Ren Caldwell

NSCA CSCS, FMS, Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor

Ren has been working with high-level ultimate athletes and teams closely for several years, mostly in the Seattle area (Rainmakers, Sockeye, Riot, UW Element and Sundodgers, YCC U16 girls, Fryz and several others). She focuses on outlining and coaching paths to more powerful pain-free frisbee movement, and has become sought out for her athletic movement evaluations. She is currently deep-diving into the question of how to translate better mobility and increased strength into enhanced on-field performance via technique and cueing.

Marc van der Poest Clement

Having been the Head-Coach of the New Zealand u23 Open team since 2012, Marc will be accompanying the team to their second World Championship tournament, held in London this July. Obsessed with Ultimate since his first game in 1999, he finally focused on the competitive side of the game in 2005. Since then he has numerous national titles, has competed at four World Championships and has been a coach at two U23 World Championships. Marc has coached the full range - from high school, to club and national level, from complete beginners to New Zealand's elite. Due to the small size of New Zealand's ultimate community, Marc's primary focus is to develop players with skill sets to lead their own teams and regions, essentially to make himself redundant.

Alex Davis

Alex Davis captains Vancouver's Furious George and the AUDL Riptide franchise. Heavily involved in the national team programmes, he has represented Canada internationally as a player, captain, and as coach. He has won four consecutive Canadian national championships and two consecutive national university championships. He also volunteers as an administrator at national, provincial, and local levels. When not thinking about ultimate, he is agonizing over systems of difficult equations.

Carla DiFilippo

Carla has been playing Ultimate since 2006. Quickly grasping the game and putting in the extra work needed, she won her first Canadian Nationals in 2009 with Toronto based team, Lotus. Her desire and commitment to Ultimate paid off once again in 2010, when she had the opportunity to play in the finals of the USAU club championships as a member of the Capitals. Building on this success she was a member of Team Canada at the WUGC in 2012. In addition to playing Ultimate, Carla dedicates much of her time to coaching at the high school and junior club levels in both volleyball and ultimate where she holds NCCP certification in both sports. In 2013 her high school girls’ volleyball team were OFSAA champions (it's the Canadian version of "state champs"). She was also the assistant coach of the U23 women’s national team (Canada) in 2013 who finished third at the World Championships and the U20 women's national team (Canada) in 2014 who finished with a silver.

Josh Hartzog

I have been coaching ultimate for three years now at East Chapel High School. During that time I helped found and coach Saga, a high school girls team based in the Triangle, as well as help coach the U-16 YCC team NC Hammer. I have been playing ultimate for seven years, including both college and club.

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly started playing ultimate in 2004 as a junior in high school.
As as player he has represented Great Britain right through the age
categories; U20, U23 and Senior, culminating in a silver medal at Worlds in 2012. As a coach he has coached Great Britain teams at U17, U20 and U23 age groups. Liam also works full time as the UK Ultimate coaching & development manager. The role has him overseeing all the coach educators in the UK. More recently Liam has travelled to other countries to help develop their coach education programmes, delivering workshops and skills clinics.
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Kaitlyn Lovatt

Kaitlyn Lovatt is a previous member of the Canada Junior Women’s National Team (2004) and Canada Women’s National Team (2008 & 2012). Also known as "Hoodie", she started playing ultimate as a junior in Calgary, AB, and has played in Toronto, ON, as a member of Capitals. She helped lead the Capitals to success in the 2010-2011 seasons including a gold medal at the Canadian Ultimate Championships and a silver at the USAU Championships. Over the last couple years Kaitlyn has been a member of the Team Canada Coaching Staff. She was assistant coach of the U23 Women's team and coach of the U19 Women's team, winning bronze and silver respectively. She will continue to pass along her experience and love of the game as the assistant coach of the 2015 U23 Mixed team.

Mario O'Brien

Mario O'Brien is an ultimate renaissance man, but at heart, a life long learner, teacher and leader. He currently plays as an offensive handler with Seattle Sockeye, but has also coached and captained at every level of ultimate (from middle school to elite club) in the past 3 years. His professional background, experience, and education as a teacher and his desire to give back to the ultimate community inspired RISE UP, the world's only professional ultimate instructional video company.

Mike Payne

Mike has been playing, coaching, and organizing Ultimate for over 20 years. He was a player and Captain for Stanford University, Jam, and Revolver. He has been on the Board of USA Ultimate for 10 years, and has served as Board President for 6 years. As a Coach, Mike helped Stanford win the 2002 National Championship and has served as Revolver's Coach since 2013, winning a National title in 2013 and a World title in 2014. Mike met his wife Samantha Salvia (long-time Fury player and champion, and current Fury co-coach) through Ultimate, and Mike's sons Rylan and Spencer are water boys and cheerleaders for Revolver.

Rob "Nob" Rauch

Robert "Nob" Rauch has been involved in positions of leadership with the World Flying Disc Federation since 1988, including seven years as president of the federation (1992-94, 2011-present) and as Chair of its Ultimate Committee from 1988 to 1992. He was the Executive Director of USA Ultimate (USAU, formerly the Ultimate Players Association) from 1987 to 1990, was chairman of USAU’s Executive Committee from 1991 to 1993, and is currently a member of the USAU Investment Committee and Hall of Fame Committee. As an athlete playing since 1976 on Ultimate teams in Chicago, Boston, and New York, he won six US National Championships and five World Championships, and he was elected to the Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2006. He also was a contributing writer for the book "Ultimate: The First Four Decades" published in December 2005. Rauch has a 35 year career in international finance and is currently a partner and portfolio manager of Gramercy Financial Group, a US $5.5 billion investment firm specializing in corporate and sovereign debt investments in global emerging markets. He received his bachelor’s degree in political economy from Williams College and master’s degree in finance and international business from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University.

Keith Raynor

Keith has been playing ultimate for over 14 years, in addition to coaching for six years at the college, club, and Professional level. Beginning his career at Paideia, Keith played at American University and club in DC and Atlanta. He currently coaches Emory Luna women's ultimate, and is also a Senior Editor and the Women's Coverage Coordinator at Ultiworld.com.

Alex Snyder

Long time Fury and national team member and sometimes captain, now in the midst of her 16th or so year of playing competitive ultimate. Began coaching ultimate with the University of Wisconsin, Bella Donna crew and currently is coaching with RISE UP as well as assistant coaching the U23 USA national mixed team. She loves thinking and teaching about the process as much as the skills and strongly believes that we are missing out on some serious talent by not getting more women into leading and coaching roles.

Matt Tsang

Matt Tsang has been coaching since 1997. He has coached at all levels from middle school to the U.S. World Games team in 2013. He just retired from coaching San Francisco Fury for the past nine seasons. Matt has coached in 14 championship finals winning 7 national championships, 3 world titles, and 3 spirit awards. Matt lives in Oakland with his wife and cat and is expectin g his first child in October.

Melissa Witmer

As a high level player and NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Melissa is on a mission to improve the sport of ultimate by giving players the tools they need to train like the serious athletes they are. In addition to writing The Ultimate Athlete Handbook and starting The Ultimate Athlete Project, Melissa gives ultimate fitness clinics nationally and internationally.

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