Meet our Coaches. They're the best.

 

Coaches in the Seven Hills Ultimate Club are committed to being great role models and great coaches. They are knowledgable, experienced, passionate, and committed to their players, the program, and the sport.

Alyssa Weatherford
  Coaching Director
  Co-Founder
  Executive Director

Alyssa started playing Ultimate in 2000 at New Options Middle School and took her passion for the sport to Nathan Hale High School. She played her college career at Western Washington University, captaining in her last three seasons. She has now coached at WWU since 2011. Alyssa joined Riot in 2007, and is currently in her second season as captain. Her youth coaching experience includes the Seattle Academy of Arts and Science, Hamilton International Middle School, and Fryz ultimate club. Alyssa has also had the opportunity to coach internationally at clinics in Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Venezula, Argentina, and Brazil. She loves coaching players who work hard, strive to be leaders, and respect the people around them. 

Nicole Cramer
Red Gx Coach

Nicole started playing ultimate in 2014 during her sophomore year at the University of Washington. She played on UW Element for five years, captaining the team during their 2016 and 2017 seasons. Nicole joined Seattle Underground in 2017 and she has been a team captain for their 2018 and 2019 seasons. Nicole coached the Seven Hills blue and green open teams during the 2018-2019 season and she is looking forward to another year with Seven Hills! In addition to coaching with Seven Hills, Nicole was the Ballard HS girls varsity head coach for their spring 2019 season, she has coached and led DiscNW summer camps, and she has been involved in leading youth clinics alongside her Underground and Element teammates. Nicole encourages players to approach the game with a growth mindset and to be the best teammates they can be. 

Dennis Casio
Red Gx Coach

Dennis Casio started playing ultimate in middle school at Aki Kurose Middle School in 2008. Dennis has played for Franklin HS, Fryz, DiscNW YCC, Western Washington DIRT, and now plays for the Seattle Cascades and Voodoo. He has coached Aki Kurose MS, Southshore K-8, Bellingham HS, DiscNW Camps, Southend Camps, and now Seven Hills. Dennis is excited to invest in the future and loves to see player growth, hardwork, and team players! 

Charlie Eide
Red Open Coach

Charlie was introduced to Ultimate in college at Humboldt State University in Northern California where she played for five years. She captained and player-coached a few seasons and helped earn the Hags a bid to D-I Nationals in 2012. Since moving to Seattle, Charlie has immersed herself in coaching; at clinics, camps, elementary, middle and high schools. And is in her fourth season with Seattle Riot. This is her third year coaching with Seven Hills and her second with the Red Boys. Charlie looks forward to coaching athletes who want to push themselves and each other to be better players, teammates and people. She expects her team to find joy in working hard and camaraderie in the battle of a game or practice.

Ben Snell
Red Open Coach

Ben started playing ultimate in 2010 as a freshman in college at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In 2014-2015 he captained the team and won a national championship. Ben has played club for Washington D.C. Truck Stop, Denver Johnny Bravo, Seattle Voodoo, and currently for Seattle Sockeye. He is also the head coach of the Ingraham Varsity Boys program and has coached at the middle school, high school, YCC, and club levels. Last year he coached the Seven Hills Blue Girls team! Ben enjoys working with players who have an intense desire to compete, improve, and ask questions.

Rob Bradford
Blue Gx Coach

Rob started playing Ultimate late in his life at the ripe old age of 26. He has now been playing for 12 years. Rob is no stranger to coaching young athletes having spent 13 years coaching high school football and track as well as one year helping to coach a high school Ultimate team all in Kalamazoo, MI. Rob loves Ultimate and is especially looking forward to coaching athletes who love the game and their teammates. 

Casey Ikeda
Blue Open Coach

Casey Ikeda started playing ultimate in 2000 and this is his 11th year coaching youth ultimate. As a coach he has taught a wide range of skill levels and ages, from elementary school clinics to one on one training with U19 Jr. Worlds Players. Most recently he has coached Seattle's U20 Boys YCC team and is the NWS JV High School Boy's coach. As a youth ultimate player, he was a four time state champion (04-07), two time YCC champion (05 & 07), and two time U19 Jr. Worlds champion (06 & 08) and he currently playing on Seattle Mixtape. Casey loves the ultimate community and is excited to coach players who are passionate to improve, resilience though challenges, and accountable to their teammates.

Nora Landri
Blue Gx Coach

Nora started playing ultimate in 2012 during her freshman year at the University of Washington. She quickly fell in love with the sport and the ultimate community. Nora played with Element for 4 years and captained the team in 2016. She went on to play with Team USA in 2015 and 2017 at the U24 World Championships, Seattle Riot from 2016-2018, and currently plays for Seattle Underground. Nora has coached at Nathan Hale, UCDS, the DiscNW Youth Camps, and the VC Ultimate Leadership Training Camp. She looks forward to coaching athletes that work hard together, embrace challenges, and celebrate their teammates’ successes! 

Kelly Johnson
Blue Open Coach

Nicole started playing ultimate in 2014 during her sophomore year at the University of Washington. She played on UW Element for five years, captaining the team during their 2016 and 2017 seasons. Nicole joined Seattle Underground in 2017 and she is currently a team captain for the 2018 season. Over the past few years, Nicole has coached at the DiscNW Youth Ultimate Camps and at UCDS. Nicole has also been involved with youth clinics led by UW Element, such as UpDawg. Nicole encourages players to approach the game with a growth mindset and to be the best teammates they can be.

Benita Ki
Purple Gx Coach

Benita learned to play ultimate in 2005 during her junior year of high school; the metro Portland schools scrimmaged each other weekly. She played at the University of Puget Sound, captaining for two years. She's played a lot of mixed league, dabbled in club (including a year with Schwa and most recently, Mint), and is an avid goaltimate fan. She coached three years for Pacific Lutheran University Reign Women. As a coach, she enjoys working alongside her players to try new things, grind through challenges, and grow as holistic athletes.

Zach Jackson
Purple Gx Coach

Zach began playing ultimate at Madrona and went on to play all four years at Nathan Hale. During his youth career, he played for Seattle YCC teams for three years, and Fryz ultimate club. He also played for Voodoo and Cascades since then. Zach is now directing his attention to youth ultimate in the community; and is ready and excited to coach players who are driven to get better.

Britta Jones
Purple Open Coach

Britta is a second generation ultimate kid who starting playing ultimate in 2005 as a freshman at the University of Florida. Britta played for the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in graduate school and has played club in North Carolina with, among others, Phoenix (women's), Cahoots (mixed), Rogue (coach/captain, women's); most recently she played with Ripe at the World Master's Ultimate Club Championship and placed third. In her eight years in North Carolina she served as the Triangle Youth Ultimate League president and then youth chair for Triangle Ultimate and organized multiple years of YCC teams out of the Triangle. She helped to found and coach the Carrboro HS Clams in 2009 and coached them through seven seasons in addition to coaching various elementary and middle school clinics. Britta enjoys working with open-minded players who are willing to adapt to different conditions and embrace adversity. 

Kodi Smart
Purple Open Coach

I started playing ultimate in 2012 as a middle schooler. In 2013 I made my first YCC team (u16 open) which we won. Other playing experiences include Fryz, Seven hills, u20 YCC open, Rainier Beach High School, and Seattle Cascades. This past year (2018) I played and captained for the u20 Men’s national team.  This will be my first experience coaching a team, however I coached some Seattle Cascades clinics. I love working with kids who are determined to improve and be the best player they can possibly be.

Maddy Stephenson
Yellow Gx Coach

Maddy started playing ultimate after college, while living and teaching in Busan, South Korea. She fell in love with the sport quickly, and played all over Asia, including Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong, for seven years. She played for Team Korea this past summer at the WCBU in France. Maddy moved to Seattle in 2017 and now plays for Seattle Underground. She organized and coached several clinics for female-identified players during her time in Korea, and she coached the middle school team at Seattle Girls' School last spring. She also coached at the DiscNW youth camps this past summer. Maddy is inspired by players who buy in to team culture and understand the value of hard work. She loves seeing players become more confident and empowered, both on and off the field. 

Shannon O'Malley
Co-Founder
Yellow Open Coach

Shannon began playing Ultimate at Eckstein Middle School in the 6th grade. They then went on to play at Nathan Hale High School, for the club team MoHo, and as a senior, started playing on Seattle Riot. Shannon also participated on the Jr. National team twice in '04 and '06. On to college, Shannon attended the University of Washington, winning Silver in '09 and the Callahan award in 2010. After graduating Shannon continued to play with Seattle Riot until 2015. Shannon played Seattle Mixtape as a practice player in 2017 and is now retired from playing competitive Ultimate. Shannon has been coaching since they were 16, Shannon emphasizes character growth, problem solving, and working as a unit on the field and off.

Abby Hecko
Green Gx Coach

Abby starting playing Ultimate in elementary school at UCDS. She started playing club for Small Fryz in middle school. She has played 4 years of YCC and 3 years of Seven Hills. This past summer, she played in the U20 World Junior Championships with Team USA. Currently she is playing with Seattle Underground and Roosevelt Highschool. She has coached U12 Fall League and volunteered at multiple summer camps. She will now be at the University of Washington!

Cameron Baker
Green Open Coach

I started playing frisbee at Pinehurst K-8 and have found a hidden love for the sport so I kept playing through high school at Rainier Beach. I played 3 years of under 20 during that time. I have just finished my first year with the University of Washington Sundodger.

Janna Emelander
Yellow Gx Coach

Janna fell in love with ultimate as a freshman at Western Michigan University in 2009. There she was inspired by the spirit of the game and the camaraderie of her teammates. She continued to compete with various club teams in MI until moving to Seattle where she quickly found a home with a team through DiscNW. Janna is excited to coach youth ultimate for the opportunity to nurture a sense of community, grow alongside the team, and share her love of the sport.

Dante Lopez-Escarez
Yellow Open Coach

Dante Lopez-Escarez started playing ultimate in middle school at Asa Mercer Middle School in 2013. Dante has played for Cleveland HS, YCC, Souf, and is currently at University of Washington (playing for the Sundodgers). He has coached Asa Mecer MS, DiscNW Camps, Southend Camps, and Cleveland HS JV. Dante is an alumni of the Seven Hills program, starting on Blue Squad the first year of the program and ending his last two years with Red Squad. Dante is so excited to expand his coaching career to a program that has helped shape him into the player he is today, while giving back to the future of Seattle Youth Ultimate.

Xtehn Titcomb
Green Gx Coach

Xtehn first played ultimate in middle school at Spring Reign in 1997. Soon after that, ultimate became his main sport and a lifelong passion! He played and captained at The University of Chicago and played for Chicago's premier men's club team, Machine. Upon moving back to Seattle, he played with Voodoo, Emerald City Ultimate, Sockeye, Seaking, and Cascades. Xtehn began taking coaching seriously in 2006 when he applied himself to the Roosevelt High School program. After eight years, he transferred to Rainier Beach High School, where he currently coaches. Meanwhile, Xtehn has organized/coached dozens of youth and adult ultimate camps and clinics in the US, South America, Europe, and Asia. Xtehn plays and coaches with the mentality that hard work, mental toughness, and a teamwork make an ultimate player great.

Jessica Spaulding
Green Open Coach

Jessica started playing ultimate at McClure Middle School in 2004. She played in high school at Ballard High, and in college on the Washington State University Open team, and the University of Idaho Women's team. Jessica has played for Seattle Underground for the past 4 years, and the Seattle Cascades for the past two. This year she captained the Cascades Women's team to an undefeated season, while also captaining the Mixed team. Her coaching career includes Cascades youth clinics as well as summer youth league. Jessica is excited to coach the next generation of ultimate players, and to help shape the youth who will be the future of this sport.

2016 Seattle Youth Ultimate Club, LLC