Ball, Brauer Elected To USA Ultimate Board

The logo of USA Ultimate, the sport's national governing body.USA Ultimate confirmed on Monday that DeAnna Ball and Heather Ann Brauer have been elected to the organization’s board of directors; the pair were initially announced as unofficial winners via Twitter late Friday, shortly after voting closed.

Ball, the current Board President, retained her At-Large seat receiving 499 votes. She defeated former board member Mandy Eckhoff (who received 155 votes) and Hall of Fame player Harvey Edwards (92). This will be Ball’s second term on the board.

Heather Ann Brauer — co-founder of the Girls’ Ultimate Movement, member of the 2015 Women’s Masters Beach National Team, and long-time USAU volunteer and organizer — will replace the outgoing Brian Garcia as an elite athlete representative on the board. Brauer defeated Jacob Luria (Goldstein), coach of Boston Ironside, with 240 votes to 83.

Both winners will begin a three-year term on January 1st, 2017.

The 746 At-Large votes was the second lowest total on record for a contested board election.1


  1. There were 478 votes cast in 2012; last year saw only 63 votes, though an At-Large candidate was running unopposed. 

  1. Steve Sullivan
    Steve Sullivan

    Steve Sullivan is the Executive Editor of Ultiworld. He began playing in 2001 at Boston University, helped found and then played 14 seasons with Slow White, and most recently competed with San Francisco Blackbird. He has volunteered as a college Sectional Coordinator, a club Regional Coordinator, served three terms as a player-elected representative for the Mixed division on USAU's Club Working Group, and is currently an At-Large rep on the USAU Board of Directors. He has previously written for the USAU magazine and The Huddle, and was editor of the book "Ultimate: The First Five Decades, Vol II." You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@sjsully21).

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