Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 1, 2018) – USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States and proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is excited to announce the assistant coaches selected to help lead the national teams that will compete at the 2019 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships.
Joe Durst (Denver, Colo.) and Darryl Stanley (Washington, D.C.) will join Head Coach Bob Krier in leading the men’s team. Lauren Boyle (Boulder, Colo.) and Patrick Sherlock (Philadelphia, Pa.) join Head Coach Mike MacKenzie as the mixed team’s coaches. And Jason Adams (Boston, Mass.) and Alex Snyder (San Francisco, Calif.) complete Head Coach Nancy Sun’s coaching staff for the women’s team.
The 2019 U-24 coaching staff brings with them a plethora of experience across all levels of the sport. Durst, Boyle and Snyder all have extensive experience coaching U-24 National Teams, Durst and Boyle as multi-time assistants and Snyder as both an assistant and head coach. Adams is currently serving as a national team assistant coach for the first time as part of the 2018 U-20 Women’s National Team; they will compete at the World Junior Ultimate Championships next month. Stanley and Sherlock are both new to the National Team coaching corps, but have high-level experience at the college and club levels.
Durst has helped lead each of the last three U-24 men’s teams to gold medals at the U-24 World Championships, each under Head Coach Bob Krier. In addition, he coaches Denver Molly Brown in the women’s club division, helping lead them to semifinals appearance at each of the last two National Championships and at this year’s World Ultimate Club Championships. Durst also has experience coaching ultimate at the high school and college levels. Stanley has recently made his mark as head coach of Washington, D.C. Truck Stop in the club men’s division and the University of Maryland’s men’s team, helping them qualify for the College Championships earlier this year. He has also coached the University of Pennsylvania men’s team and Citywide Special, one of Philadelphia’s club men’s teams.
Boyle served as an assistant coach for the 2018 U-24 Mixed National Team, helping lead them to a gold medal in Australia. She was also an assistant coach for the silver-medal-winning U-24 women’s team in 2015. In addition to competing at an elite level in the club division, Boyle is currently a coach of Denver Small Batch and previously worked with Kali, the University of Colorado’s women’s team, and was a high school coach before that. Sherlock has been a stalwart presence with Philadelphia AMP for more than a decade, first as a player and now as their head coach for the fifth year. He is also part of the coaching staff for the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s team. Under his leadership as a captain and coach, AMP has become one of the most successful and consistent teams in the club mixed division, culminating in a finals appearance at last year’s National Championships and a semifinals berth at the World Ultimate Club Championships earlier this month.
In addition to being one of the sport’s most accomplished players, Snyder is also a gold-medal-winning head coach and assistant coach. She was an assistant for the 2015 U-24 mixed team that won gold in London and led the U-24 women’s team to gold in Australia earlier this year. Snyder has coached ultimate across multiple levels and for various age groups and has worked at clinics around the world for athletes of all ages and skill levels. As mentioned above, Adams is making his first official foray as a national team coach this August as an assistant for the U-20 Women’s National Team, after serving as a selection assistant for the 2018 U-24 Women’s National Team. He also has considerable experience coaching at the college and club levels; he is currently the head coach of Boston Siege in the club women’s division, as well as head coach of the Northeastern University women’s team. In addition, Adams has experience coaching in the men’s and mixed divisions at the club and college levels.
Player applications for the 2018 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships are now open. Interested athletes should apply by Sunday, Aug. 12. Tryout camps for invited applicants will be held in November.
The U-24 World Championships will be held July 13-20, 2019, in Heidelberg, Germany.