Coaches

GUG is proud to have an outstanding group of all volunteer coaches. Our coaches are all heavily involved in the local Ultimate scene and give of their time and knowledge generously. Simply put GUG could not exist without these wonderful coaches.

Girls Varsity, Asst Coach

Irene Tsinajinnie

2010: Much to Irene’s surprise, her sister Leah signed her up for AFDC Summer League. Eventually, Irene grew to like the sport so much that in the Fall she also started playing with the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team at Georgia State University.

2011: During the summer she played with the women’s team Alloy. In the Fall she helped start the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team at Georgia State.

2012-2015: Continued playing with GSU’s Vixen, except during her ACL injury and recovery. During that time she helped coach the team.

2015-Present: Assistant coach to GSU’s Vixen

2016-Present: Played with Atlanta’s Mixed Team OutKast

Girls JV, Asst Coach

Meg Harris

I discovered ultimate in 2009 at the University of Florida, where I played on the women’s team (FUEL) for three years and qualified for College Nationals in 2011. I moved to Atlanta for Physical Therapy school and played my last year of college ultimate at Emory in 2012. I then went on to help coach the Emory women’s team for three seasons (2013-15). I started playing for Atlanta Ozone in 2013 and have played 5 seasons, including one year as captain, and have qualified for Club Nationals every year.

I can’t wait to start a great, fun season with Grady JV!

Varsity Girls, Head Coach

Evelina Pierce

2005: Started playing Ultimate in AFDC summer league and immediately loved the sport and the kind, exuberant teachers and friends I got to meet through the community.

2007: Joined Wesleyan University’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Vicious Circles. Not all circularities are vicious, but this one is a source of real difficulty!

2011: Played for Veto Women’s Ultimate in Washington, DC.

2014: After taking a few years to lead teenagers on wilderness adventures, I came back to Ultimate and started playing for Cahoots, a mixed team out of Asheville, North Carolina. B.A.T.S. Bats, bats, bats!

2015: Served as the Asheville Ultimate Club’s Youth Coordinator.

2015: Coached UNCA’s Women’s Ultimate team. Go Hellbenders!

2016: I’m very excited to be starting as Grady’s Junior Varsity Girls coach!

2016: Began playing for Atlanta Ozone Women’s Ultimate.

2017: I am happy to announce that I will be the Head Coach of the mighty Grady Girls Varsity Ultimate Team.  GK!

Girls Asst

Taylor Hartman

2012: Began her Ultimate involvement as a Freshman at Georgia Tech. She never played any sports before and quickly fell in love with the team and the sport.

2013: Started playing club by joining the women’s team Alloy and started her AFDC career through summer league. Since then she has been playing with the AFDC summer, SNL, and women’s leagues as often as she can!

2014:  Began coaching as an assistant coach for the Benjamin Franklin Academy.

2014-2015: Played club on Atlanta Outbreak!

Summer 2016: Played on a Club Mixed Team in Seattle called Pegasus and one in Atlanta called Bucket.

2015 – 2017: Captain of Georgia Tech Wreck (with Ashley Brown)

Head Coach, Girls JV

Michael Arenson

Mike was born on May 17, 1988. In December of 2017 he became a coach at Grady High school. Somewhere in between those two dates he captained his High school and college teams (Hopkins Hurt, University of Minnesota Grey Duck), played Sub Zero for two years, Chain Lightning for three years, captained Bucket, coached North Druid High school their second year in existence (shout-out Stephen Burkot), coached Paideia JV, traveled to Maribor, Slovenia to play European Ultimate Championships, and coached at Ultimate Peace. He thinks Ultimate is awesome when not played with referees.

GGG, (go Grady girls!)

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Michael Arenson

Varsity Boys, Head Coach

Max Leonard

Max started playing ultimate in 2006 when he helped found the inaugural Grady Gauntlet Ultimate team. He was a captain of the team from 2006-2008 when he graduated and went to the University of Georgia. In his freshman year, Max made the UGA Mens A-Team, Jojah. He played for all five years while in college, playing in 3 National Championships and captaining the team in his final year.

During his tenure at Georgia Max played for multiple club teams including Rival in 2010, Six Pack in 2011, Dune Cats in 2012 and Chain Lightening in 2013 where he competed at the 2013 National Championships.

In 2016, Max (and his coaching partner, Justin) led our Grady Boys to the Georgia State Championship and a 3rd Place Overall in the Nation.

Max works as a biologist at the Georgia Aquarium and is excited to start his fifth season as a Grady Varsity coach in 2017.

Varsity Boys, assistant coach

Sheryar Ali

Sheryar started playing ultimate in 2011 when he and his friends discovered their first plastic disc on the school grounds of Northview High School. Shortly after, he graduated and went on to the University of Georgia.  In his freshman year, Sheryar made the UGA Men’s A-Team, Jojah. He played for all five years while in college, playing in 3 National Championships, leading recruitment efforts, and maintaining a robust social media presence.

During his short club career, Sheryar has played for a couple club teams including Dune Cats in 2012 and JLP in 2017.

Sheryar works as an Account Executive at SapientRazorfish, a digital advertising and consulting agency, and is super excited to start his first season as a Grady Varsity assistant coach.

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JV Boys

Chad Borer

Chad’s ultimate career started 16 years ago at the IM fields at Duke University and somehow he’s still ripping backhands and asking other people what the score is.  After a year at Georgia Tech, he drove out to Athens for greener pastures and played his next three years at UGA, two of which with the legendary Dylan Tunnell and Alex Deckard.

He’s been playing Club in Atlanta ever since graduating in 2007 and is looking forward to a successful first year coaching.

Chad also shines as Atlanta’s premiere Ultimate heckler and second-best Ultimate photographer

Grady Faculty Rep

Brian Weeden

In additon, to being GUG Faculity Rep, Coach Weeden is also the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Grady High School