Nike Ultimate Camps Bring Strong Coaching To Youth Scene

Nike Ultimate Camps are continuing to expand across the U.S. in 2014 and have added some of the game’s best coaches to their staff this year.

Take a look at this line up of Nike Ultimate Camp Directors and outstanding coaches.

– Aaron Bell, New York (Manhattan College camp). Bell has been playing, coaching, and organizing elite level ultimate frisbee for 15 years. A former Callahan candidate, he is closely working along side the local DiscNY association where he serves on the board.

– Ben Feldman, Oregon (Next Level University of Oregon camp). Feldman is the Founder of Next Level Ultimate. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ben started playing Ultimate when he was a sophomore at Hopkins High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his fifth and final season as a member of the Wisconsin Hodags in May of 2011, ending with a Central Regional title and a 2nd place finish at College Nationals. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ben started playing Ultimate when he was a sophomore at Hopkins High School.

– Tristan Green, North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill/NCSU-Raleigh camps). Tristan Green began playing ultimate as a youth at Carolina Friends High School.  He is the former captain of the UNC-CH men’s team where in 2009 he earned Freshman of the Year honors and qualified for the college national championship in 2012. He was the teams Callahan nominee in 2013.

– Peter Dreisbach, Georgia (EDGE Georgia camp). Pete Dreisbach created EDGE Ultimate with the vision of bringing advanced training techniques to the world of competitive Ultimate. Pete lettered in five different sports as a high school athlete in Williamsburg, Virginia. He served as the lead leg of the state-champion 4 x 400 meter relay team and he holds the Bay Rivers District record for the most career receiving yards and for the most receiving yards in a single game.

– Valerio Iani, California (California State University, East Bay camp). Valerio has 13 years of experience in sport program management in the US, Italy and Spain, focusing primarily on Ultimate with an emphasis on youth development. He served as Project and Outreach Manager for the Italian Flying Disc Federation and is currently Youth Director for the Bay Area Disc Association.

– Tobey Beaver, Tennessee (Middle Tennessee State University camp). Tobey Beaver is currently the Head Coach of University School in Nashville Girls Team. She started her ultimate career as a freshman at University School in Nashville in 1998. Upon returning to Nashville after college, she helped form a new women’s club team in Nashville, Desoto, which qualified for club nationals in 2012.

– Colleen Conrad, Texas (Texas State University camp). Colleen Conrad began her Ultimate career during graduate school at the University of Texas (Austin), where she played in the USA Ultimate college series with Melee. At the club level, she’s played with Showdown, Chewbacca Defense, and a number of other women’s and mixed teams.  She has also competed in three NCAA tournaments and six National Ultimate Championships.

Andrew Roca, Florida (University of Central Florida camp). Andrew Roca is the Head Coach of the UCF Men’s Ultimate team, Dogs of War. As an undergrad student, Roca played for UCF for 4 years. After graduating, he made a vow that he would return to make the team better than when he left it and he hasn’t stopped since. While being head coach Roca has led the Dogs of War to many tournament victories and a finals appearance at the 2013 College Championships.

– Lance Everette, Colorado (Colorado State University camp). Lance Everette is the Head Coach of the Colorado State University women’s ultimate team, Hell’s Belles. He is a founding member of the Fort Collins co-ed club team Killjoy, first as a coach (2009 and 2010), and then as a player in 2011.

– Jim Brose and Richard Atkins, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia camp). Jim Brose founded the Philadelphia Ultimate Camp in 2004.  His playing career includes 3 trips to Worlds, and 9 trips to Nationals with the masters team he formed called O.L.D. S.A.G. Jim is the current President of PADA (his second stint) and his love for ultimate has spread to creating ultimate videos. Richard “Big Rick” Atkins boasts one of the longest and most successful ultimate careers in the world.  He has been playing and teaching ultimate since leading his Penn team to college national championship in 1985.

– Jason Brask, Colorado (USA Ultimate Denver camp). Jason Brask began playing ultimate in 1989. Brask played for D.U.F. at Florida State and eventually moved to Colorado in 1997 where he joined a fledgling Johnny Bravo squad, who continue to make national final and semifinal appearances today. Brask is currently a captain of Denver’s Johnny Encore, the top level masters team from Colorado and coaches the Broomfield HS team.

– Thom Held, Indiana (Indianapolis camp). Thom Held is the President and Co-Owner of The Indianapolis AlleyCats, Indiana’s professional ultimate team in the Midwest Division of the American Ultimate Disc League. Held’s camp staff will include Cameron Brock, Travis Carpenter & Kennan Plew of The Indianapolis AlleyCats, with guest appearances from other AlleyCats players as well as two-time AUDL MVP, Goose Helton, of The Chicago Wildfire.

– Sarah Anciaux and Abby Hagel, Minnesota (Minneapolis camp). Sarah Anciaux is the captain of the University of Minnesota women’s ultimate team, Ninjas, who made it to nationals is 2013and currently plays on the Twin Cities women’s club team, Pop. Abby Hagel has played college, league, and club ultimate for 9 years in Iowa, France, Washington, Texas, and Minnesota. A USAU Level 1 certified coach, she has years of experience coaching at the middle school, high school, and college level, most recently as the Assistant Coach of the University of Minnesota women’s ultimate team, Ninjas.

– DC Breeze, Washington D.C. (Washington D.C. camp). Select coaches and players from DC Breeze, Washington, D.C.’s professional ultimate team of the American Ultimate Disc League,will lead this camp.

Campers, parents, and coaches interested in the 2014 Nike Ultimate Camps can visit http://www.ussportscamps.com/ultimate or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226).

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