Sage just graduated from Hampshire College in May. She started playing ultimate in 8th grade and has since played middle school, high school, college and club ultimate. She has coached players of all ages, and is excited to continue doing so this fall! When she’s not playing ultimate, you can usually find her at Flayvors or another farm playing with cows.
Andy, also known as “Coach Boss” has been playing ultimate for 10 years. He has played in the midwest college division, all over East Asia with Shanghai’s HuWa and the China National team at 2012 WUGC in Sakai, Japan. He plays mixed club division here in the states with Nautilus out of Western Connecticut. This summer he learned a lot about youth Ultimate at NUTC. He is the head Ultimate coach with Stampede at PVCICS. He loves bad jokes, and playing zone defense (marking in the cup).
Leland just finished his freshman year at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR where he played with Bacchus Ultimate on a run to the Division III National Tournament, and was named to the all freshman team in the Northwest Region. Previously he played for the Amherst Regional High school Hurricanes for 3 years and was Captain his senior year. Currently he plays on the Western Mass based club team, Dark Or Light.
Gabe is an increasingly ancient alumnus of Amherst Regional High School. After playing throughout junior high and high school, he went on to play at Brandeis University and captained his team for two years. Gabe coached the University of Vermont men’s team in 2006. In 2013, Gabe returned to Amherst and coached the ARHS boys JV-B team. Over the past two years, he has helped coach the boys JV-A team, while balancing his responsibilities as a full-time educational researcher, full-time doctoral student, and parent.
Peter Shelburne started the Ultimate program seven years ago at The MacDuffie School where it has grown into a major spring sport with over thirty players and several teams. This year MacDuffie came in second place in the co-ed B Division at the Four Rivers Tournament. Peter’s love of Ultimate goes back to his graduate school years when he played at Michigan State University with a team called “Syzygy.” Peter has a PhD in Mathematics and is also a math teacher at MacDuffie.
Will Van Heuvelen
Will has played competitive ultimate at college and club levels and is currently the coach of the Amherst boys JVA team. His favorite thing about fall ultimate is the foliage.
Espy Thomson (Assistant Coach)
I am in my final semester at Northampton High School and then will be taking a gap semester before college. I have played Ultimate over half my life. I played in Amherst and then helped found the Northampton Girls’ Ultimate team, which I captained for two years. I played on the women’s club team Trouble in Paradise for two years and for the fall club team Cut and Run. Twice I was named to the Massachusetts’ All-State team. I also was accepted to try out for the U.S. Junior Worlds U19. I have been retired from playing Ultimate due to a series of concussions, but I am very interested in staying connected to the sport I love. This past spring I was an assistant coach for the Northampton JV girls’ team and I look forward to future coaching endeavors!
Jim Pistrang (Director)
Jim has been playing, coaching, and organizing Ultimate since 1971. He co-founded teams at Northern Valley Regional High School (NJ) and Tufts University, and has been coaching the Amherst Regional Middle School team since 1994.