Joined USA Ultimate: February 2014
Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Willemstad, Curacao; Rubio, Venezuela; Raleigh, NC (honorable mentions to Chatan, Okinawa and Fond Parisien, Haiti)
College: Samford University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
I direct the Member Services & Community Development department, serving my awesome staff to the best of my ability, while also working on developing and/or enhancing the annual national organizer’s convention, the Affiliate Program to serve local disc organizations and the State-Based Organization initiative to establish regional governing bodies that oversee an entire state (or several) to improve service to local areas, members, teams, leagues and clubs.
Before coming to USA Ultimate, I was a local organizer with Triangle Ultimate in North Carolina for almost five years, serving as the board treasurer, league/tournament director and then full-time interim executive director. My professional background is otherwise heavy on software development with some forays into nursing, teaching and disaster relief.
I started playing ultimate in 1997 while at Samford University in Birmingham, AL (replacing my then-competitive soccer and basketball background) where I played and traveled with the local club men’s team. I followed my now-wife to Raleigh, NC where I continued playing and captaining men’s ultimate teams at the regional level before aging into the master’s division at the national level. In addition to continuing to play ultimate at the league and masters levels, I enjoy hiking, biking, scuba diving, beach bumming, working with kids, helping people in need, appreciating craft beers, learning new languages and traveling to new places.
1. I’m the only ultimate player I know who speaks Papiamentu (spoken natively on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao in the southern Caribbean).
2. Although my only pet now is a congenitally blind yorkshire terrier named Waka, I’m an animal lover who once simultaneously owned 27 snakes, three turtles, two iguanas, a monkey-tailed skink and a jack russell terrier named Sally.
3. The only ultimate nickname I’ve ever had is "Turf" which I acquired while playing on a men’s club team as the taller of two players named Josh Murphy; my slightly shorter teammate was nicknamed "Surf."