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USA Ultimate headquarters can be reached at 719-219-8322.  Use the below extensions to reach staff directly.

Dr. Tom Crawford Chief Executive Officer x111
Finance & Administration Department
Julia Echterhoff Lee Director - Finance & Development x122
Ethan Taylor-Pierce Manager - Finance & Administration x131
Competition & Athlete Programs Department
Will Deaver Managing Director - Competition & Athlete Programs x114
Byron Hicks Manager - Events x121
Connor Maloney Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Youth) x126
Tom Manewitz Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (College) x125
Dan Raabe Manager - Youth & Education Programs x115
David Raflo Manager - Events x129
Sarah Powers Coordinator - Youth & Education Programs x133
Ernest Toney Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Club) x132
Marketing & Communications Department
Andy Lee Director - Marketing & Communications x113
Stacey Waldrup Manager - Communications & Publications x119
Member Services & Community Development Department
Josh Murphy Director - Member Services & Community Development x130
Leah Dolan-Kelley Manager - Event Sanctioning x116
Joy Dunphey Administrative Assistant - Member Services x118
Kristen Gallagher Manager - Community Services & Development x112


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Dr. Tom Crawford   Will Deaver   Leah Dolan-Kelley   Joy Dunphey   Kristen Gallagher   Byron Hicks
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Dan Raabe   David Raflo   Ethan Taylor-Pierce   Ernest Toney    Stacey Waldrup    



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Dr. Tom Crawford

Chief Executive Officer


Joined USA Ultimate: August 2009

Hometown: Cranston, RI

College: Siena, Purdue, Indiana


I am USA Ultimate’s chief executive officer and an ex-officio member of the board of directors.

Prior to working at USA Ultimate, I was an entrepreneur, founding multiple companies, as well as working with NFL, NHL and NBA franchises. I worked for the United States Olympic Committee as Managing Director of High Performance Programs (Venture 2000), and as Director of Coaching, was honored to work with virtually all Olympic teams and coaches.

I like to run/walk every day, travel to the French West Indies and explore lots of interesting wines and books. I also love to hang out with my family and play with my grandson…with another one on the way very soon!

Fun Facts:

1. Although most don’t know it, I have in fact played ultimate, and I am undefeated.

2. I was a two-sport varsity athlete at a Division I college…for 24 hours, when the tennis coach found out I had made the basketball team. He had other plans.

3. I grew up tough, and when I was 17, had a hit taken out on me by a made member of the New England Mafia. I was saved at the last minute by my tribe. It was ugly, but they never tried again!

4. My wife is amazing! She is the Senior Director of International Operations at the U.S. Olympic Committee and Director of the Summer Olympic Games. She is also gorgeous…I totally over-achieved!



Finance & Administration

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Julia Echterhoff Lee

Director - Finance & Development


Joined USA Ultimate: February 2011

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

College: University of Georgia


As lead for the finance and administration department, I mastermind financial planning and reporting and support the board, the staff and all of the administrative office functions, including human resources, IT, logistics, insurance, etc. I also help out with fundraising and the new Ultimate Foundation.

I worked as an accounting and tax consultant at Ernst & Young before specializing in non-profits.

I played ultimate for 10 years on Atlanta Ozone before moving to Boston, where I joined Brute Squad for one season (although I tore my ACL two weeks into the season – doh!). After moving to Colorado, I played one season with Atlanta Bucket and one season with Boulder Jackwagon but mostly started focusing on coaching.

I like cooking (and eating!), reading, UGA football and spending time with my husband Andy, our daughter Sophie and our dog Maya.

Fun Facts:

1. I have a baby girl named Sophie. She’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

2. I have played at 15 UPA/USA Ultimate National Championships – four in college with Georgia (including winning it all in 2001!), 10 in the club women’s division with Ozone and one in the club mixed division with Bucket.



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Ethan Taylor-Pierce

Manager - Finance & Administration


Joined USA Ultimate: March 2014

Hometown: Kennebunkport, ME

College: University of Southern Maine


Finance and administration is a very broad title. As the only manager in the department, I do everything from month-end reporting to invoicing to parking and admissions at events to awkward speeches at those events all the way to IKEA kitchen unit assembly.

Before working at USA Ultimate, I worked at a deli, worked as a hardscaper, managed a Brookstone (yes, the massage chair place), and worked as a staff accountant. Basketball was my first love, but I play more ultimate these days. I’ll never turn down a game of horse or 21, however. Aside from that, hiking, camping, diet/exercise, watching the Celtics/Patriots/Red Sox/Bruins, traveling, fishing, art, photography, commas and Acadia National Park are some of my favorite things.

I got my start with ultimate through Portland Summer League in Maine when I was 13. I then moved onto men’s club division with Red Tide, and now you’ll find me in the mixed division.

Fun Facts:

1. Taylor Swift once came to my hometown and performed a concert. I saw her and instantly fainted.

2. I’m an ambidextrous handler.

3. I caught a shark once.


Competition & Athlete Programs

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Will Deaver 

Managing Director - Competition & Athlete Programs


Joined USA Ultimate: January 2001

Hometown: Warner Robins, GA

College: University of Georgia (BS and MS)


I am responsible for overseeing USA Ultimate’s competition and athlete programs, including over 250 events in USAU’s 20 divisions of competition and over a dozen national teams. I also direct programs for coaching, youth outreach, Spirit of the Game, rules, officiating and conduct.

I transitioned into sports administration and event management from parks and recreation. Prior to working at the UPA/USAU, I worked at a regional park in Athens, Ga., and as a raft guide in Ocoee, Tenn.

I played ultimate at the University of Georgia for five years, beginning in the fall of 1993. I played club ultimate for Atlanta’s Chain Lightning (1996-2000) and Boulder’s Johnny Bravo (2001-2006, 2008). I’ve played at three College Nationals, nine Club Nationals, two WFDF World Championships (WUCC) and the IWGA World Games where I was part of Team U.S.A.’s gold-medal run in 2005.

I live in Louisville, Colo., with my wife Melanie and sons Liam and Jack. Outside of ultimate, I enjoy outdoor activities with my family, including mountain biking, camping and snowboarding/skiing. I also enjoy tennis, goaltimate and entertaining myself playing guitar and piano.

Fun Facts:

1. I co-authored the Callahan Rules for college ultimate, along with Charles Kerr, in 1997. These rules introduced many now-standard parts of the game, including the defensive (Callahan) goal, time limits and the current role of observers.

2. When I left college, I held the intramural bench press record at the University of Georgia (for the lightest weight class).

3. While playing pool in a bar, I got into a standoff with a drunk, racist guy. My girlfriend punched him in the face. I married her.




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Byron Hicks

Manager - Events


Joined USA Ultimate: September 2008

Hometown: Texas


As event manager, I work with convention and visitors bureaus, sports commissions and local disc organizations to help bring great events to the world. Prior to working at USA Ultimate, I worked in retail management. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my children, cycling, road trips and hanging out at home. I started playing ultimate in 1983 in Texas. I have captained teams in four divisions at Nationals. I was a long-time sectional and regional coordinator and was recognized as coordinator of the year in both positions.

Fun Facts:

1. In the fifth grade, I was left behind on a field trip at the Fields Museum in Chicago.

2. I can drive longer than anyone at USA Ultimate without stopping.

3. I once won a game of Trivial Pursuit on my first turn.




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Connor Maloney

Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Youth)


Joined USA Ultimate: January 2015

Hometown: Richmond, VA

College: Mary Washington College


I manage USA Ultimate’s youth competition across the country and help run state, regional and national events with the help of many great volunteers.

Prior to working here, I was employed as a project manager for many years, a park ranger and a bicycle mechanic. I enjoy trail running, ski touring, mountain climbing and yoga. I founded my high school’s first ultimate team, captained my college team, coached my college’s women’s team and have attended four world championships as either a player or volunteer.

Fun Facts:

1. I’ve bicycled across the United States.

2. I’ve lived in Virginia, New Zealand, Ireland, Yosemite National Park, New York City and now Colorado.

3. I was a member of the 2004 U.S. WJUC team




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Tom Manewitz

Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (College)


Joined USA Ultimate: December 2015

Hometown: New York, NY

College: George Washington University (BA), University of Minnesota (JD)


I oversee USA Ultimate’s college division programs and U-23 National Team programs. Prior to joining USA Ultimate, I graduated from the University of Minnesota law school and worked as a corporate attorney for a law firm based in Minneapolis. I have also worked as a camp counselor/ program director at Herzl camp and was an Americorps member in 2008-2009, working with welfare participants.

While not working at USAU, I can be found playing ultimate, hiking, traveling and playing board games. My ultimate career began at Horace Mann High School, where I captained the team my senior year, and it continued through college at George Washington. After college, I coached for Hopkins High School in Minnesota for three seasons. Today, I play in local leagues and in beach ultimate tournaments around the world. 

Fun Facts:

1. When I was a kid, I had Who Framed Roger Rabbit bed sheets.  

2. I played on a pick-up team at the World Ultimate Club Championships in Prague in 2010.

3. While in law school, my roommates and I played Settlers of Catan to determine who delivered the rent check to our landlord. 




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Sarah Powers

Coordinator - Youth & Education Programs


Joined USA Ultimate: January 2015

Hometown: Columbus, OH

College: Allegheny College


I coordinate USA Ultimate’s Coaching Development Program workshops and Learn to Play clinics across the country. I also develop youth programming and initiatives like the Girls’ Ultimate Movement. Previously, I worked for an academic department at The Ohio State University coordinating events, managing the website, developing programming and trips for students, initiating fiscal transactions and managing, writing and taking photos for the departmental newsletter sent out to alumni.

I am a long-time runner and have really enjoyed getting into trail running since moving out to Colorado. When I’m not training for a race, I like tackling 14ers, hiking, biking, backpacking, reading and live music.

I began playing ultimate after Bexley High School cross country practices. I played for one semester in college and continued while living in Madrid after graduating. Since then, I have played in Columbus leagues and with a mixed club team, coached a high school ultimate team and volunteered for CUDA. I continue to play ultimate in Colorado.

Fun Facts:

1. I started my high school cross country team at Columbus School for Girls and practiced with Bexley during my first year as the only runner at my school.

2. I taught English and introduced American culture to elementary students in Madrid, Spain, for nine months after college. My favorite part was singing songs with the kindergarteners and creating science Jeopardy for the third graders.

3. I competed in pageants as a child and modeled. I have a few tiaras, sashes, medals and grocery store ads as proof!




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Dan Raabe

Manager - Youth & Education Programs


Joined USA Ultimate: June 2015

Hometown: Charlotte, VT

College: Colgate University


In 1997, I became an economics teacher (AP Micro and AP Macro) at James Madison Memorial High School. During my 18 years in Madison, I ran two tournaments (Madison Fall Classic and MadisonMudBath, which is still going strong), ran the Wisconsin State Championships for its first nine years, ran the Madison fall league and then the spring league, and coached the first few Madison YCC teams. After teaching economics and coaching ultimate for 18 years, I have joined USA Ultimate and am focusing all of my attention of the development of youth ultimate and the education of ultimate coaches.

Fun Facts:

1.  I don’t have a clue what my overall win/loss record is as a coach.

2.  I coached the greatest ultimate player, Colin Gottlieb (or at least that was what he yelled at me from the field).

3.  As my players who drove with me to Hold Back the Snow will vouch, I will take up Byron’s driving challenge.




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David Raflo

Manager - Events


Joined USA Ultimate: January 2012

Hometown: Springfield, VA

College: University of Virginia


As one of USA Ultimate’s event managers, I get to help plan some of the world’s finest ultimate tournaments. I switched to planning ultimate events from helping people with their retirement planning after about 15 years in the financial services industry. I still play ultimate when I can (though many say I never could), but I also chase plastic on the internet as I am collecting old discs and paraphernalia. I started playing ultimate in college and volunteered for many years and in various roles with the UPA, WAFC and Minnesota High School Ultimate League.  

Fun Facts:

1. I have been to Colombia, Brazil and Mexico to serve as WFDF Tournament Technical Director for the Pan American Ultimate Championships.

2. I got to coach ultimate to scores of great kids at Edina High School in Minnesota.

3. Many people think I am slow because of all of the knee surgeries I’ve had, but no, I am truly naturally slow.  



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Ernest Toney

Manager - Competition & Athlete Programs (Club)


Joined USA Ultimate: March 2014

Hometown: Farmville, VA

College: James Madison University (B.S., M.S.)


I manage USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown Tour and masters division programs with the help of great volunteer coordinators, tournament directors and division representatives across the country. Prior to joining the HQ team, I worked as a customer onboarding specialist for a software company, ran a consulting business that helped fitness and sport businesses with sales and marketing, worked in sales for the Arizona Diamondbacks and was a marketing director for a YMCA.

I began playing ultimate in 2000 at James Madison University with the Flying Hellfish. After grad school, I played club with men’s and mixed teams in Tucson, then moved to Denver and played with Inception for a couple of seasons. I enjoy running, reading, jazz, guitar, travel and hanging out with my wife and two dogs.

Fun Facts:

1. I don’t like ketchup or mayonnaise.

2. I won state championships in debate and the 3000M run in high school.

3. In sixth grade, I licked to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop and wrote a letter to Tootsie Roll Industries to tell them that it took 1,120 licks. They wrote back and sent me a certificate (the certificate is a neat keepsake now, but at the time I was hoping to receive free candy).



Marketing & Communications


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Andy Lee

Director - Marketing & Communications


Joined USA Ultimate: May 2010

Hometown: Delafield, WI

College: University of Wisconsin–La Crosse


At USA Ultimate I am responsible for establishing the organization’s overall marketing, communications and public and media relations strategy and directing the department’s day-to-day operations, including television and media partnerships, sponsorship and licensing, branding and business development.

Prior to my relatively recent introduction to the sport of ultimate, I served in a similar capacity for USA Cycling (2003-08) after spending several years as an assistant director and global operations and media relations manager for Saturn Cycling – one of America’s longest-running and most successful professional cycling teams. As a sports marketer on the agency side with Team Sports, Inc., I also planned and implemented mobile marketing tours and athlete-brand relationships for several A-list clients in the action sports space, including Tommy Hilfiger, Volvo, Timex, Saturn, Cannondale and Rollerblade.

My experience in the Olympic world began with one of the most exclusive internship programs at the U.S. Olympic Committee as a sports management undergrad at UW-La Crosse. Since then, I had the privilege of serving on three U.S. Olympic Team delegations as a press officer in Athens (2004), Torino (2006) and Beijing (2008), as well as an athlete/media liaison at 18 World Championships and Pan American Games for Team USA.

When not working, I enjoy cycling, snowboarding, traveling, eating, watching the Green Bay Packers, mowing the lawn and spending time with my wife Julia, our daughter Sophie and our dog Maya.

Fun Facts:

1. A fanatic of Led Zeppelin, along with my childhood friend since the age of eight, Mike, we’ve attended 69 live performances by the surviving members of the band since 1995 across 22 states, the U.K. and China, including the legendary 2007 reunion concert in London where we camped out for three days to be the first two people in line, scored front row seats and witnessed the final, private rehearsal for the show as VIP guests of the band.

2. I was a record-holding NCAA collegiate high jumper with a 42" vertical and a college dunk contest victory to my name.

3. As a travel enthusiast, I’ve been to 49 states – all but Alaska – and 25 countries.




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Stacey Waldrup 

Manager - Communications & Publications


Joined USA Ultimate: February 2013

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

College: Appalachian State University


As my title suggests, my main responsibilities are managing all USAU publications – the USA Ultimate magazine, event guides, annual report, etc. – and the organization’s communications – press releases, website editorial content, mobile app content, eNews editions and member emails – among other things.

Prior to joining USAU, I spent four years working for the North Carolina School Boards Association in Raleigh in communications and education policy. I started playing ultimate at Appalachian State and continued to play at the club level in the Triangle Area after graduating, mostly in the mixed division. I even got to play at Club Nationals once with wHagonweel before joining USAU. In addition to still playing ultimate, I love all things Colorado: hiking, camping, backpacking, rafting, good beer and great music, as well as reading and traveling as much as possible. 

Fun Facts:

1. I took baton-twirling lessons as a kid. Yep, that’s a thing.

2. Before picking up ultimate in college, I was a high school band dork. I played the clarinet.

3. I grew up in a town most people think is made up – Soddy Daisy, Tenn.



Member Services & Community Development

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Josh Murphy

Director - Member Services & Community Development


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 


Directing the Member Services & Community Development department essentially means 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. 

Ultimate first began improving my life in 1997 while I attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL (and needed a next step from my then-competitive soccer and basketball background) where I began playing and traveling with the Sundried Yams (sponsored by Gold Bond Medicated Powder), University of Alabama's men's team (as a pickup when enrollment wasn't required), and various local open/men’s club teams. After following my now-wife to Raleigh, NC in 2003, I continued playing and captaining men’s ultimate teams at the regional level before aging into the master’s division at the national level (along with lots of league & hat tourney play and organizing). In addition to continuing to play ultimate today at the league and masters levels here in CO, 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.

Fun Facts:

1. I’m the only club ultimate player (to my knowledge) who speaks Papiamentu, the heart language of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (where I grew up) in the southern Caribbean.

2. Although my only pets now are two dogs (a congenitally blind yorkshire terrier named Waka and a black sheepadoodle named Lola), I’m an animal lover who once simultaneously owned 27 snakes, three turtles, two iguanas, a monkey-tailed skink and a spunky little wire-haired jack russell terrier named Sally.

3. The only ultimate nickname I’ve ever had is "Turf" which I acquired while playing on the N.C. men’s club team Cannibal as the taller of two players named Josh Murphy; my slightly shorter teammate (now playing in South Africa) was nicknamed "Surf."




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Leah Dolan-Kelley

Manager - Event Sanctioning


Joined USA Ultimate: May 2015

Hometown: Easton, MA

College: Emerson College


As the manager of event sanctioning, I oversee all sanctioned events and work with event directors to plan and execute tournaments, clinics and practices. I’ve been playing ultimate for seven years – club for the past two – but one of my favorite things is to coach clinics and encourage new people to play.

Before moving to Colorado to work at USA Ultimate, I lived in Los Angeles for seven years where the majority of my career was working in production, mainly reality TV. The years I spent in production gave me the experiences, skills and work ethic needed to succeed here at USA Ultimate. When I’m not at work organizing ultimate, I love to be outside playing ultimate, mountain biking, hiking, climbing and camping, the typical Colorado lifestyle.

Fun Facts:

1. I once got lost hiking with a friend in Hawaii and got rescued by a helicopter.

2. I worked as a story assistant on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

3. My ultimate nickname is DK.





Joy Dunphey

Administrative Assistant - Member Services


Joined USA Ultimate: April 2015

Hometown: Rancho Cordova, CA      

College: California State University–Sacramento


I presently provide support to the USA Ultimate membership department. My career prior to joining the USAU team was with the U.S. Department of Defense, and now as my career winds down, I am enjoying a less stressful, more enjoyable position with young, energetic people in the sporting world. I spend half my time in the mountains where I enjoying skiing, biking, hiking, dancing and lots of socializing. I am one of the few employees here who is not presently participating in the sport of ultimate, but I enjoy watching my fellow employees.


Fun Facts:

1. I have many years of classical ballet experience but also played softball for many years.

2. I worked in the Washington Post Sports Newsroom and supported them during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.



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Kristen Gallagher

Manager - Community Services & Development


Joined USA Ultimate: July 2015

Hometown: Brookfield, WI

College: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (BS) and Indiana University (MS)


I work closely with organizers across the country to help sanction leagues, and with our affiliates to assist with sanctioning of leagues, tournaments and practices. My background is in campus recreation; I was previously the fitness and wellness graduate assistant at Indiana University and the fitness and instructional program coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. I love hiking with my dog, biking, kayaking, watching anything on HGTV, cooking and eating great food.

As far as my ultimate experience, I may have scored a point or two in our staff pick-up games. 

Fun Facts:

1. Played varsity soccer at Wisconsin-Oshkosh and club soccer at Indiana University.

2. I’ve high-fived a North American porcupine.

3. I’m married to a former Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausage.