Speakers

Keith Raynor

Keith has been coaching for six years at the college, club, and Professional level, along with over 14 years of playing experience. 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.

Owen Shepherd

I am a high school teacher by profession. In ultimate, I have coached and selected Australian representative teams, university teams and club teams. I have played in 9 World Championships for Australia and Australian clubs. I write at thinkulti.blogspot.com and twitter.com/thinkulti

John McNaughton

John started playing Ultimate as a boy among men, following his older brother to a pickup game in 2000. Since that time, he has played for Australian U-19 and U-23 teams, competed at WUCC 2006 and 2010, and played Nationals in Colombia (Kie 2010) and the USA (wHagonweel 2010, Ring of Fire 2012). He has captained Firestorm, from Brisbane, Queensland, since 2007, and has player-coached for that team and many others. On the field, he tends to play as an aggressive handler or initiating cutter, and never looks off a break scoober.

Anna Rogacki

After playing for over 10 years I concentrate mostly on coaching Ultimate at the moment. I have coached the Australian u23 women in 2010, Honey, Australian National Champs 2012, the Australian World Games team (Crocs) in 2013 and am currently coaching the Victorian Men's Masters team competing in WUCC 2014. I run my own business, Walker Coaching, as a Mental Skills Coach and NLP Practitioner. I work with private clients, sports teams, athletes and coaches on gaining the mental skills necessary to perform at peak, breaking unresourceful patterns of behaviour and mentoring.

Octavia Payne

I've been playing ultimate for 7 years. Started at University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and began my club career in Philly playing for Wicked. I began playing for Scandal in 2010, and this will be my second year captaining the team. In addition to playing, I've helped coach the George Washington University women's team for two seasons.

Vehro Titcomb

Vehro is a co-owner of Five Ultimate and a handler for Seattle Sockeye. When he isn't busy honing his Ninja-like Accounting skills, he's modeling hats for the Five online store, or burrowing into a pile of Hydro Shorts.

Benji Heywood

Benji Heywood works full-time in Ultimate, split between roles as Director of Ultimate at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and as Events Co-ordinator for UK Ultimate. He is also a coach-educator for UKU, and sits on the WFDF Ultimate Rules Sub-Committee. When he finds time, he writes a column for Ultiworld and produces the respected ‘Understanding Ultimate’ blog.

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.

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.

Tim Morrill

MS, CSCS, ACSM-HFS

As one of the premier coaches in the fields of speed and agility, strength and conditioning, health, fitness, and movement, Tim Morrill coaches teams and individuals on a variety of curricula. Morrill Performance (MP) works locally in the Boston, MA area as well as around the globe under the MP international consulting template. After finishing his Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Morrill founded MP in 2011 as a platform in which to share his knowledge through writing, video, clinics, and seminars. He is a frequent contributor to USA Ultimate Magazine and USA Ultimate conferences, has presented at over 60 workshops in nine different countries, and has spent time working as a Division I strength coach and lecturer at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Most recently, Morrill has spent the past two years as the strength and speed coach for the notorious Boston Ironside Ultimate team. He trains out the prestigious Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) facilities in Boston, which was named 2011 Men’s Health #1 Gym in America.

Sion Scone

Sion 'Brummie' Scone started playing ultimate in 2001 at Loughborough University in the UK. Within 3 years he'd won his first club national title with Clapham, and went on to captain his university team to another national championship in 2005. A member of GB Open 2007-2012, and the inaugural GB World Games team in 2009, Brummie has played in the US with visiting Clapham / GB squads as well as attending two WUCC & two WUGC events. He's been coaching since 2002 at skills clinics in the UK, but also recently in Ireland & Colombia. Brummie coached GB Open to their highest ever finish - silver - in Japan before coaching GB World Games 2013. Brummie is a UKU Coach Educator and is also responsible for writing most of the content of the new UKU Level Two Coaching Course.

Gwen Ambler

Gwen Ambler was first introduced to ultimate in college, and quickly fell in love with the sport and its community. She has competed at the top level of the sport for the past 15 years as a leader for Stanford Superfly, Fury, Riot, and Team USA. Along the way her teams have won numerous championships and awards for Spirit of the Game. Gwen has also coached teams at the youth, college and club level, finding success both in recreational and competitive settings. She currently serves as the Vice President of USA Ultimate and strives to give back to the community that has provided her with so many opportunities for personal growth. Gwen’s day job is spent working in HIV research where she helps coordinate projects in Kenya among women and children.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Wiggins

Ben Wiggins replaced basketball with Ultimate as a freshman at the University of Oregon in the fall of 1998. In 2003, Oregon again took the single bid from a strong field that included the defending champs and made it all the way to the National Final, before which Wiggins was voted as a Callahan Award winner (the College National MVP). Having played several club seasons with Portland's Axe (the precursor to Rhino), Ben moved to Seattle and joined the team for Sockeye's first title run in 2004. As a captain and primary offensive handler, Ben would go on to win two more UPA championships with Sockeye (in 2006 and 2007) as well as two silver medals at World Championships (first with Sockeye at Team USA in 2008, and then with an extremely young and unheralded Sockeye squad in Prague 2010, where the team won the world Spirit Award as well). After helping to develop the Moho youth Ultimate program from 2004-2008 which sent many players on to Sockeye and Riot, Ben was an assistant coach with the 2004 US Boys gold-medal-winners in Finland and coached the Seattle YCC Boys team to a National Championship in 2005. He has also coached Seattle-area teams Viva and Underground (club women) as well as the Western Washington University men's club. Along with Andy Lovseth, Ben founded and ran The-Huddle.org, a high-level strategy and tactics online magazine for Ultimate. He has run coaching clinics in the Philippines, Colombia, Moscow and Siberia, Ireland, Japan and the Czech Republic. Currently, Ben is retired from playing Ultimate (too many concussions) but has spent the last few years coaching Seattle teams Voodoo (2010-2012), Rainmakers (2013) and Riot (2012-2013).