US Open Convention Presenters (2012)

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U.S. Open Convention (2012)

The USA Ultimate organizer's convention is now being held as part of the U.S. Open Championships.  In addition to the competition, the U.S. Open Convention will welcome Ultimate enthusiasts from around the world for an unparalleled opportunity to learn from, and interact with, the industry's best and brightest on a variety of topics.  Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this spectacular event!   

Contact the Program Coordinator with questions:

July 5-7, 2012
Colorado Springs, CO







 US Open Presenters

We are happy to welcome the following presenters to the U.S. Open.  Click on their name for a detailed bio.

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    Gwen Ambler 

    Vice President, Board of Directors, USA Ultimate

    Panel Discussion: Building a Successful and Enduring Team / Program
    Panel Presentation: USA Ultimate's Strategic Plan: 2013-2018
    • Gwen Ambler is one of the most influential and successful female Ultimate players in the World. She played with, captained and coached Stanford University Superfly between 2000-2006, winning one College National title as a player and another two as a coach. From 2001-2008, Gwen wracked up four Club National titles playing with San Francisco’s Fury, and in 2008 added a WFDF World Championship to the shelf, captaining Team USA/Fury to a gold medal in Vancouver, Canada. She also won a gold medal as co-captain of Team USA at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan.  Gwen is also one the most influential people in the promotion of women's Ultimate and is constantly coaching, writing and organizing as much as possible outside of her USA Ultimate board duties. 


    Andres Angel
    Lider Direccion Mercadeo y Publicidad

    Panel Discussion: Building an Athlete Development Pipeline: An International Perspective
    • Andres is a 27 years old business manager with postgraduate studies in marketing. Started playing in 2007 in Ibague, a city where Ultimate wasn`t played. When he left Ibague in 2010, the city was the third largest playing city in Colombia with over 400 players and youngsters in both male and female junior national teams and multiple champonships in "B" categories. National tournamet Director since 2009 was one of the leaders for the team that created the National AJUC Tournament and the Regional AJUC tournaments. Now playing for Euforia (ranked 18 in open worlds in Prague) in the largest ultimate City in Colombia he is part of the team currently creating the local league for the capitol city in the country.
    Bourland Matthew Matthew Bourland
    Manager - New Media, USA Ultimate
    Presentation: A Peek at the Video Archives
    Moderator of Panel discussion: "Then and Now", with USA Ultimate Hall of Famer Brian Murphy
    • Matthew Bourland is the Manager of New Media at USA Ultimate, and is responsible for managing USA Ultimate's website and social media strategies.  He produces the Ultimate Nation webcasts, and is the acting organizer of USA Ultimate's archive holdings.
      Matthew was first hired in 2006 as the UPA's Championship Series Manager, working to plan the College and Club Series.  In 2010, he transitioned into his new role in the Marketing and Communications Department.
      Matthew stated playing Ultimate while in college at Carnegie Mellon and was active as a player and organizer in the Pittsburgh Ultimate club and recreational scene. He was the 2005 and 2006 Tournament Director for the UPA High School Eastern Ultimate Championships.

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    Dr. Heather Ann Brauer
    Triangle Youth Ultimate League Board Member 
    TYUL YCC U19 Coach
    McDougle Middle School Coach
    Organizer of Elementary School Learn to Play Clinics
    Youth panel discussion: League Development Across the Ages
    • Heather Ann Brauer has experience playing college (University of Washington, Element) and club (D’oh!, Ember, wHagonweel).  Her coaching experience spans elementary school through college on both coasts.  She began coaching in Seattle in 2006 and quickly became integrated into the proliferative youth ultimate scene, coaching at Montlake Community Center (2006-2007), Salmon Bay Middle School (2007-2010), Edmonds-Woodway High School (2008), the Seattle Disc NW YCC teams (2007-2010), and at various clinics/tournaments.  After moving east in 2010, Heather Ann got involved with the Triangle Youth Ultimate League (TYUL) hoping to translate some of her experiences in Seattle to the rapidly expanding youth scene in North Carolina.  She has helped to organize the TYUL Summer League, the first two years of the TYUL U20 Girls’ League, and Learn to Play Clinics for elementary school players (in conjunction with USA Ultimate).  She has coached at McDougle Middle School (2011), Jordan High School (2011-2012), the TYUL YCC U19 Mixed team (2011), Durga Girls’ Team (2012), and was an assistant coach for the University of North Carolina, Pleiades (2011).  Most recently, she has been working to further develop youth ultimate in the South by serving as the USA Ultimate Regional Youth Director and working with youth ultimate enthusiasts throughout the region. 

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    Scott Caulfield
    CSCS, *D, RSCC, *E, Founder, National Strength and Conditioning Association

    Presentation and Demonstration: Maximizing Athletic Potential
    Hosted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association 
    • Scott Caulfield is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach / Performance Center Manager at the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the NSCA's 5,000 sq ft Performance Center and serves as the Head Strength Coach for Colorado College Hockey, one of the top Division I hockey programs in the country each year.  Prior to coming to the NSCA he most recently served as a strength and conditioning coach for Football, Men's and Women's Swimming and Rugby at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.  Coach Caulfield has over 20 years of "under the bar" lifting and coaching experience working with athletes of all sports and ability levels.
    Tom Crawford
    Chief Executive Officer, USA Ultimate

    Panel Discussion: Building an Athlete Development Pipeline: An International Perspective
    Panel Presentation: USA Ultimate's Strategic Plan: 2013-2018

    • Tom joined USA Ultimate in late 2009 after a decade of founding and managing entrepreneurial ventures in New York. Prior to accepting the role as Chief Executive Officer for USA Ultimate, Dr. Crawford was a founder and Managing Partner of High Performance Associates (HPA), which provides consulting services to multiple leading international hedge funds, private equity and financial services companies, Fortune 100 companies, universities, professional sport franchises, and executives and athletes across the United States. Since its inception, High Performance Associates’ expertise and commentary has been sought by publications and news outlets such as the NY Times, NY Post, Fortune, Newsweek, USA Today, Men’s Health, Popular Science and ESPN.

      He was also the co-founder and Chief Executive of Altheus, an award winning Health and Human Performance company headquartered in New York, with 18 program and retail center locations across the north and southeast of the U.S. which Tom helped grow from one employee (himself!) to over 250 professionals.   Altheus received national and regional awards and recognition for its unique and successful health and human performance programs. Altheus was sold to Healthtrax and Healthyfit, two successful medical center affiliated preventive health companies.  Tom’s launching of Altheus and HPA came after many years in the Human Performance field, including almost 10 years as the Director of Coaching and Managing Director for high performance programs for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). During his tenure at the USOC, Dr. Crawford led the development and management of education and performance programs for over 45 Olympic and Pan American sports, including virtually all Olympic teams and coaches. His work supporting America's top coaches was featured on NBC during the Atlanta Olympic Games.  Tom also served as Vice President of Eteamz, helping to build and grow the company into one of the most successful online media properties for the youth sports market.  Eteamz is now owned by Active and ESPN.

      Prior to the USOC and Eteamz, Dr. Crawford was a founding staff member and  Senior Director of the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, where he worked collaboratively with corporations, universities, medical centers, government agencies and National Governing Bodies of Sport. In his capacity as Senior Director, he led the research, development and management of preventive health and performance programs for the complete continuum of human development, including nationally acclaimed executive development and youth development programs. He also worked with athletes and coaches from the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Football League, ‘Top-10’ professional tennis players, as well as other professional and amateur athletes from across the United States. His programs at the National Institute were featured live on "CBS This Morning." 

      Dr. Crawford has been a keynote/featured speaker in over a dozen countries worldwide, as well as an invited lecturer at prestigious universities such as The Wharton School, Columbia, Brown, Stanford, Indiana, Purdue, The Shanghai Institute, the Australian Institute for Sport, The University of Malaga in Spain and the Wingate Institute in Israel .  He has organized and appeared on programs with athletes, coaches and journalists such as John Wooden, Digger Phelps, Billy Packer, Frank Deford, Bob Costas, Bonnie Blair, Todd Martin, and many more. He presents on a variety of topics including:  Leadership for High Performance – Maximizing Human Potential; Talent Identification and Development; and Authentic Happiness. 

      In 1989, Dr. Crawford was the first graduate to receive a double-doctoral degree in Performance Psychology and Motor Development from Indiana University, where he was awarded the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award and served as a special advisor to the Dean of the School of Health. Previously, he received his master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in Leadership from the Purdue University School of Science. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and The Association of Chief Executives of Sport.

    gregdowney Greg Downey
    President, Saratoga Road LLC
    Board of Directors, USA Ultimate

    Presentation: Marketing Ultimate in the U.S.: Breaking Out...or Selling Out?

    • An attorney by training, Greg Downey began his career as a sports agent and marketer, representing professional athletes’ marketing and endorsement endeavors and league contract negotiations.  His primary client was Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. Greg represented Jim and oversaw Jim Kelly Enterprises, a sport marketing agency that develops and manages strategic integrated marketing alliances between consumer goods companies and sports properties and athlete endorsers to promote sales, stage hospitality, and deliver brand messaging. 

      When Jim retired from football, Greg represented him as broadcast talent for NBC and ESPN.  While representing Jim, Greg also assisted in building the Jim Kelly Football Camps for youth and served as the Executive Director of Jim’s charity – Kelly for Kids Foundation – where he managed and operated charity galas and a celebrity golf tournament.

      Greg then went on to hold leadership positions in marketing, broadcasting and business development at the United States Olympic Committee.  His experiences included managing the relationships with the 39 Olympic sports, the Paralympics, and working with the Olympic sports governing bodies on building revenue through sponsorship, marketing, licensing and broadcast rights.  Greg oversaw the USOC’s NBC relationship and helped create and steward the USOC’s partnership with College Sports Television (now CBS College Sports) as well as formulating the business plan for an Olympic sports cable TV network and creating the partnership between the USOC and Mark Cuban’s HDNet to broadcast Olympic sports year-round.  He launched the USOC's Entertainment Properties Division, which created the Olympic Athlete Hall of Fame Induction television show and produced several films with Bud Greenspan, as well as the Disney film Miracle staring Kurt Russell as famed 1980 U.S. Olympic Team hockey coach Herb Brooks.

      After the USOC, Greg joined NBC Universal.  As NBC’s first Vice President of Branded Entertainment, Greg pioneered NBC’s Branded Entertainment endeavors -- developing, structuring and negotiating the complex arrangements that allow for the integration of corporate brands into NBC Universal television content.  He worked on shows in all dayparts, across cable and network television, and served at the forefront of the branded entertainment movement.  While at NBC Greg also was instrumental in the creation of The Dennis Miller Show on CNBC.

      In 2005, Greg was recruited by The Coca-Cola Company to head its Entertainment Marketing Division, a unit that utilizes entertainment platforms such as feature films, television, music and gaming to market Coca-Cola’s brands.  Greg oversaw all areas of entertainment for some of the world’s largest brands and continued to hone his expertise in the branded entertainment, marketing and brand building arenas.  Greg also oversaw the brands’ celebrity relationships, video game sponsorships, DVD and CD launch partnerships and all other aspects of entertainment marketing for the Coca-Cola brand portfolio.  Greg also spearheaded MyCokeFest, Coke’s annual music festival at the NCAA Final Four, including booking and managing all musical acts and overseeing event operations.

      In 2010 Greg formed his own consultancy, Saratoga Road LLC, a firm that counsels clients on sports and entertainment marketing, brand building, and strategic property development.  Greg sits on the Board of USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of Ultimate.

      Greg resides in Atlanta with his wife, son and daughter.


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    Steve Dugan

    Panel Discussion: Building a Successful and Enduring Team / Program 

    • Steve started playing Ultimate in the Fall of 1988 at the University of California Santa Barbara. He played for the Black Tide for the 1991 through 1993 seasons. He also started playing for the Santa Barbara Condors in the summer of 1991. Throughout his career, Steve has had the good fortune of playing with, captaining, and coaching many of the Santa Barbara teams: the Black Tide, the Burning Skirts, the Condors, the Gendors, and the Beyondors. With those teams he has experienced a high level of success which include both UPA and WFDF titles. Steve has also served as regional and sectional coordinator and was tournament director of the Santa Barbara Classic for many years. Off the ultimate field, Steve is currently in his eleventh year teaching mathematics at La Colina Junior High School in Santa Barbara. 


    David "Buzz" Ellsworth
    League and YCC Coordinator for Denver and Boulder Youth Ultimate
    Youth panel discussion: League Development Across the Ages
    • David has been playing Ultimate since the fall of 1980.  He has played on various teams including UMass, S.B. Condors, Boston Titanic, Boulder Stains, High Plains Drifters, Old and In the Way, and USA Beach.  Buzz has won five national championships.  He majored in P.E. at UMass, taught Ultimate classes and coached Northfield Mt. Hermon HS 1985-1987.  He has taught Ultimate classes and coached the men's team at Cal. Poly. San Luis Obispo 1989-1990.  In 1994 Buzz ventured to Japan to play and teach Ultimate.  Since 2006 he has been coordinating and running Denver and Boulder Youth Ultimate Summer leagues and coaching Colorado YCC teams.

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    Boyd Epley
    M.Ed., CSCS*D, RSCC, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach / Performance Center Manager at NSCA
    Presentation and Demonstration: Maximizing Athletic Potential
    Hosted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
    • Boyd Epley is the founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and continues to be an advocate for strength coaches.  He is the Senior Director of Coaching and Special Projects at the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Boyd is the most decorated strength coach in history.  Lindy's National College Football magazine named him one of College Football's Top 100 Most Important People of the Century after his training program helped produce five national championships and 256 wins in 35 years of Nebraska Football.
    Farrell Matt Matt Farrell
    Chief Marketing Officer, USA Swimming
    Board of Directors, USA Ultimate
    Presentation: Marketing Ultimate in the U.S.: Breaking Out...or Selling Out?
    • Matt Farrell is the Chief Marketing Officer at USA Swimming. He oversees all aspects of the USA Swimming Business Development Division including revenue generation, sponsor sales & servicing, events, promotions, marketing, public relations, social media, creative services and media properties such as the organization’s web site and magazine.

      The department has led USA Swimming to an all-time high in marketing partner revenue, with corporate partners including Speedo, ConocoPhillips, Marriott, BMW, AT&T and more.  The Business Development Division was also instrumental in the creation of the Make a Splash initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation. 

      Farrell joined USA Swimming in 2005 as the Managing Director of Business Development before being promoted in 2009 to the position of CMO. He previously worked at USA Swimming from 1993-97 as the Communications Coordinator.

      Farrell worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee for a total of seven years, most recently as the Associate Director of Broadcast Properties. There he worked on managing business development and new media marketing initiatives for the U.S. Olympic Team. He spearheaded the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame project, including sponsor sales, budget and marketing. Also at the USOC, Farrell secured first-time partnerships with such properties as, Yahoo! and eBay. He also implemented first-time database marketing, wireless and online fundraising programs to support the U.S. Olympic Team. Farrell came back to the USOC after previously working in a similar role from 1997-1999.

      From 1999-2000, he was the Director of Internet Marketing for Warner Bros., in Burbank, Calif. He handled the consumer DVD marketing for properties such as The Matrix, Humphrey Bogart, Stanley Kubrick, The Wizard of Oz, Pokemon, Scooby-Doo and more.

      He earned a degree in journalism from Arkansas in 1992, and is a member of the Board of Directors of USA Ultimate, the National Governing Body for the sport of Ultimate in the U.S.  Matt is married to Michelle Dusserre, a gymnastics silver medalist at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. They have two daughters – Abigail and Zoe.





    Leah Fury
    University of Washington Element
    AGE UP Leadership Staff
    Presentation and Workshop: 
    All Girls Everything Ultimate Program: Youth Leadership in a Community Context

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    Arnoush "Java" Javaherian
    Head Coach Neuqua Valley High School Ultimate Club
    Executive Director Chicago Ultimate Training, LLC
    Youth panel discussion: League Development Across the Ages
    • Arnoush Javaherian (a.k.a. "Java") was introduced to Ultimate in high school where he and his friends would play every day after school. Coach Java went off to college where he played Ultimate in the club leagues and enjoyed the game thoroughly. During the summers, he worked at an overnight summer camp where he coached Ultimate for nine summers. After this time, Java coached football at the high school level for three years but his first love was always Ultimate.

      He was hired as a science teacher at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL in 2007 where in his first year he founded the Ultimate Frisbee Club at the school. That year, 48 students came out for the club. In his second year, 110 players came out for the club and they ended the season as the second place team in Illinois. Since then, the club has consistently had over 100 students each year and fielded up to six teams. In only the third year of the club (2010), the Neuqua Valley Ultimate Frisbee Club won the Chicago Ultimate Juniors Organization (CUJO) Championship, beating that year's Illinois state champion, Lake Park, 13-8. They also went on to win the Western Suburban League Championship over Geneva 13-11. In 2011, the club won the Illinois State Championship and went to the Eastern High School Championships where they finished 11th. Now in 2012, the club had 160 players in it including 6 Open teams and 2 Girls teams. In just five short years, Coach Java has developed one of the premier high school Ultimate Frisbee Clubs in the nation.

      In addition to his school’s club, Coach Java has been extremely active and instrumental in the growth of Youth Ultimate in the Chicago area. Coach Java is on the board of the Illinois High School Ultimate League (I-HSUL) where he works with fellow coaches, Coach Miocic of Jacobs High School and Coach Schoen of Geneva High School, as well as USA Ultimate Midwest Representative Luke Johnson, to help make Illinois Youth Ultimate become one of the best in the nation. Coach Java was also one of the head coaches of the first ever Youth Club Championship (YCC) Mixed Chicago team in 2010 where they took 5th place at Nationals. Then in 2011, Java was the head coach of the Chicago YCC Open team where they finished 7th at Nationals. In addition, in 2011 Java created Chicago Ultimate Training, LLC which is an organization to help build Youth Ultimate. Through this organization, our Chicago YCC team is put together as well as CUT Youth Summer Camp. CUT Camp was a day camp in its first year with 23 players signed up. In 2012, Java has hired on coaches such as Brodie Smith and Georgia Bosscher and it has become an overnight camp open to the any player across the nation. 
      Java has been instrumental in helping grow youth Ultimate as this is his passion. He feels as though Ultimate is the most amazing sport there is and wants all youth to experience how amazing of a sport it is.


    Hana Kawai
    AGE UP Leadership Staff

    Presentation and Workshop:
    All Girls Everything Ultimate Program: Youth Leadership in a Community Context

    • Hana grew up playing youth Ultimate in Seattle, WA, where she won two Western champions, two National championships and a world championship with the 2006 USA Junior National Team. She graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a dual degree in Ethnic Studies and Education History and Policy. Since then, she has played with Boston's Brute Squad '09-'10 and Seattle Riot '11-'12. She co-founded the All Girl Everything Ultimate Program in 2010, a sports-based youth leadership and social justice program in which she gets to learn lots of brilliant life lessons from rad Seattle young people.
    Mike Lovinguth
    Manager - Education and Youth Programs, USA Ultimate
    Presentation: USA Ultimate Coaching Snapshot and Workshop
    • Mike Lovinguth joined USA Ultimate in September of 2011 as the Manager of Youth & Education programs. These programs include the Coaching Development Program, USA Ultimate Day Camps, Youth Athlete Safety & Background screening, and the Learn to Play pilot programs. 

      Lovinguth has worked as both a professional and volunteer in the sports industry for more than 10 years. Prior to coming on board at USA Ultimate, Lovinguth received his Masters degree in Sport Management from Ohio State University in 2010 and split his time at the Ohio State University working as a Lecturer in the Sport Management program and in the Athletic Department with the Event Management and Camps department from 2008-2011.   
      From 2004-2008 Lovinguth served as the first Athletic Director at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver Colorado developing the athletic department & athletic opportunities for the student population. He has coached youth sports, including ultimate, since his initial involvement at Arrupe Jesuit in 2004.
      Lovinguth began playing Ultimate in 2000 as a member of the Truman State University team where he earned his BA in Art and English. He has served as a Board Member for SUN Ultimate, Regional Director for the Ohio Valley, and various Tournament Directing responsibilities at tournaments in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
      Mike lives in Denver with his wife, Megan, their 9 month old son, Connor, and their very needy--but sweet--black lab, Layla.
  • timmorrillpanelbiov4 Tim Morrill
    M.A., NSCA-CSCS, ACSM-HFS, Owner / Founder Morrill Performance

    Presentation and Demonstration: Maximizing Athletic Potential
    Hosted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association  

    • Tim Morrill is a speed, strength and movement specialist with a passion and dedication for developing athleticism in the sport of Ultimate.  Tim has worked with youth, collegiate and professional athletes through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), NCAA Divisions I and II and multiple private facilities.  Tim has coached many of the best athletes and
    Payne Mike Mike Payne
    President, Board of Directors, USA Ultimate
    Panel Discussion: Building a Successful and Enduring Team / Program
    Panel Presentation: USA Ultimate's Strategic Plan: 2013-2018
    • Mike Payne has been a leader in the US Ultimate Community for almost 20 years as a player, coach, and administrator. Mike started playing Ultimate at Stanford in 1993, and became a captain in 1996. He finished 3rd in the college MVP (Callahan Award) voting in 1998, and narrowly missed winning a National Championship (losing in the finals 3 times during a 5 year College career). Mike returned to Stanford Ultimate in 2000 as the men's program's first Head Coach, and helped the team win its first National Championship in 18 years in 2002 (a team that many think is the best college Ultimate team ever).
    • Starting in 1998, Mike spent the next 13 years playing with the top Club teams in the Bay Area, Jam and Revolver, in each case acting as a founding member and long-time captain. In his last year on Revolver in 2010, Mike captained the team to both National and World Championships...and then promptly retired from competitive elite Ultimate!
    • In 2004 Mike joined the USA Ultimate (then UPA) Board of Directors as an At-Large representative and served two consecutive terms, acting as the Board President from 2006-2008. During that time, Mike was instrumental in driving creation of USA Ultimate's first long-term strategic plan, putting the organization on solid footing operationally and financially as the leading Ultimate governance organization in the world. The Strategic Plan for 2008-2012 pushed USA Ultimate towards divisional play and a regular season for College Ultimate, a restructured Club division, significantly more media investment, among many other programs.
    • Mike was re-elected to the Board in 2011, and has served as the Board President for the past 2 years. Mike is currently focused on finalizing and then overseeing USA Ultimate's second-generation Strategic Plan which will guide the organization and the sport through 2018.
    • In his professional life, Mike spent many years as a management consultant after graduating from Stanford's MBA program. For the past 5 years he has led a strategic planning group as a Senior Director with a California-based biotechnology company, Gilead Sciences. Mike lives in Oakland with his wife Samantha Salvia (who he met through Ultimate and is an immensely successful Ultimate player herself having won 5 National Championships and 1 World Championships with Stanford and Fury), and their sons Rylan and Spencer.
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    Danny Saunders
    Executive Director, Ultimate Canada
    Panel Discussion: Building an Athlete Development Pipeline: An International Perspective
    • Danny Saunders is the executive director of Ultimate Canada and a long-time Ultimate player.  Part of the first generation of Canadian junior players, Danny began playing Ultimate in grade 6.  After playing just once, he was hooked.

      As a competitive Ultimate player, Danny has competed at various levels: from elementary school tournaments all the way up to the club level. Danny has won Canadian national championships at the junior, university and club levels and has competed in 14 Canadian Ultimate Championships and 4 Canadian University Ultimate Championships.  Internationally, he competed on the Canadian junior national team twice and has represented Canada at the World Ultimate Club Championships three times.
      In addition to playing the sport, Danny has also coached Ultimate for over 14 years.  He has coached middle school, high school, junior and club teams at many tournaments including the Canadian Ultimate Championships, Spring Reign in Seattle, and the Hold Back the Snow Tournament in Winnipeg.  Danny’s interest in teaching youth the sport led him to his first Ultimate job as a full-time Outreach clinician for the Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports (MODS).  For 3 summers he taught Ultimate and disc golf to youth at middle schools, high schools and sports camps. 
      After serving on the MODS board of directors for one year, Danny became MODS’ first executive director in 2004 and continued in the role until the end of 2007.  During his tenure the organization’s membership more than doubled in size from 1200 to 2500 members.  As the MODS executive director he started middle school and high school leagues in Winnipeg, organized the construction of a permanent disc golf course and developed a 7-field Ultimate-specific athletic facility in Winnipeg that has since been expanded to 11-fields.  Danny was inducted into the MODS hall of fame in 2011.

      Danny first got involved at the national level as the tournament director for the 2005 Canadian Ultimate Championships.  Based on his experience from the event he wanted to become more involved and became a board member of the Canadian Ultimate Players Association (CUPA), the precursor of Ultimate Canada, the following year. In 2007, Danny became the executive director for the CUPA.  Since that time the CUPA has transformed into Ultimate Canada and has made major changes on its road to become a true Canadian National Sport Organization (NSO). These changes include a new membership structure that includes over 30,000 new members in all 10 Canadian provinces, developing a National Coaching Certification Program in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada and receiving full eligibility status from Sport Canada.  One of the major projects that the organization is currently working on is the development of a Long-Term Athlete Development model.

      Danny earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Juris Doctor from the University of Manitoba.  He currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and 2 sons.