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.

Varsity Girls

Haley Reese

2007 – Started playing Ultimate. First experience was a savage tournament in Athens in the mud and the rain. Loved it so much, I drove 100 miles uphill both ways to participate in AFDC Women’s League that winter!

2008 –  Started playing for Atlanta Ozone. Played in 2009 & 2012-2014. I had to take some time off in the middle there to do some life things. I love Ozone and Ozone loves me!

2010 – Founded the GCSU women’s ultimate frisbee club (team name: Lynx rufus). It took 4 years to get at least 7 ladies to a tournament for that college season. We placed 5th at D-III Nationals with 9 players. nbd.

2011 – Coached GCSU Lynx rufus. Undefeated in fun 5 years and growing!

2014 — Coached Atlanta’s U-16 Boys YCC team to 3rd place. Don’t worry ’bout our status, we put in work – madness. ATLas!

2013 – Present – Began coaching for the Grady High girls team. Love being apart of this family! Go Gauntlet!!

Varsity Boys

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.

 

These days Max works as a biologist at the Georgia Aquarium and is excited for his second season as a Grady Varsity coach.

Varsity Boys

Justin Mattingly

Justin started playing Ultimate 10 years ago in his hometown of Lexington, KY.  He attended Miami University in Ohio and moved to Philadelphia after graduation in 2010, where his ultimate nickname “Kentucky” was coined.  He has experience played with both Open and Mixed teams; most recently with Jughandle, a Princeton, NJ based Mixed Team, before moving to Atlanta last summer.

He is excited to join the Atlanta Ultimate and Club scene in the upcoming Spring, as well as helping the Grady Gauntlet players achieve their goals both on and off the field.

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

JV Girls

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.

Girls Asst

Ashley Brown

Ashely’s Ultimate background is impressive.. check her out:

2011: Played Ultimate for the very first time at a summer camp. I woke up at 6am one day before planned activities because I couldn’t get enough of the fun!

2012 (Spring): My first season of Ultimate was with Brookwood HS JV as a senior. It was the inaugural year of the JV program and just made me more excited about the sport.

2012 (Fall): Present: I began my college career with Georgia Tech Wreck! This amazing team has been my family for three years now and will continue to be forever. We are FIERCE!

2014-2015: I played on a Club Women’s Team in Atlanta called Outbreak.

2016: First time coaching! Looking forward to a great season with GUG!

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

 

Boys Asst

Elliott Erickson

Elliot will be tremendous asset as an Assistant to the Boy’s GUG team. His accomplishments in Ultimate speak for themselves:

2011: USAU Freshman of the Year (SE)

2012 & 2013: 1st Team All-Region (SE)

 

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)