YCC TEAM COACHES

U-17 Girls: Belly of the Beast                                                                                  

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Marge Rosano

Marge returns to coach Belly of the Beast after one season in person in 2019 and the zoom season of 2020. Marge began playing ultimate her freshman year of high school at Redwood High School in Marin. She went on to play with the Oberlin College Preying Manti, with whom she attended DIII Nationals three times, including during her senior year while she was the captain. Marge has played on several Bay Area women's and mixed teams, but attended 2018 World Club Championships withe the Helsinki women's team who she met during  a short-term stay in Finland. Off the field, Marge enjoyed baking with her sourdough starter and taking her baby and dog to the beach!

Jonathan "Sam" Goldsmith

Sam returns for his third year coaching Belly of the Beast. Sam started playing ultimate in 2007, where he was a founding member of his New Jersey based high school's club team. He then went on to play on and become the social chair for Lehigh University's United Ultimate Club  Team. Sam regularly plays in local Bay Are leagues and club season, most recently playing with the Mixed Team Bay Area Donuts. Sam has been coach Ultimate since 2016. Currently he coaches Bentley High School Ultimate and has previously coached Alameda Middle School Ultimate. When he is not coaching or playing grass/turf/beach Ultimate/Goaltimate/Disc Golf, Sam is focused on fitness, nutrition, following sports, and his wonderful dog Pippen (@PippensAdventureTime). He also recently got back into Pokemon Go, feel free to ask him about his Pokemon.

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U-17 Boys: Aftershock                                                                                             

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Nancy Freitas

Nancy Freitas is excited to return to the YCC program this year as a head coach for Aftershock. She coached the U17 boys team during the abridged 2020 season, and was also a prior assistant coach for CA Current. Nancy started playing ultimate in 2010 at the University of Arizona. She led her college team as a captain for two seasons, as well as the women’s club team in Tucson. After graduating she spent time in South America where she taught ultimate to kids in her community. Nancy stepped into a head coaching role at the University of Arizona once she returned to the States, and coached the competitive women’s team there for two years. After moving to the Bay Area in 2018, she joined the women’s club team FAB and got involved in the YCC program. When she’s not chasing a piece of plastic around a field, Nancy works on climate change research, drinks good coffee, and kickboxes.

Nicholas "Kraken" Alexander

Nicholas Alexander, also known as Kraken, joins the YCC coaching staff in his first year coaching Aftershock as a 2022 head coach.  He is currently in his third year as head coach of Santa Clara University’s SCAB.  Working with college open for nearly 7 years, he has also coached UCLA’s Smaug & San Jose State’s Megabyte.  He began playing Ultimate in 2011 at UCLA.  He has spent significant time playing Mixed Club having played with Polar Bears, Mischief, and 7 Figures.  As a coach, he strongly believes “Everyone has huge goals and aspirations, I am here to point you in the right direction and help you reach new heights as an Ultimate player, teammate, and person!”  In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and a good board game.

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U-20 Girls: California Current                                                                                

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Bri “Kodi” Ciccarelli

Kodi is making her debut as the head coach of the California Current. She’s previously coached high school teams in both Seattle and the Bay Area. A UCLA alum, Kodi played for Bay Area Nightlock, San Francisco Fury, Seattle Riot, and U23X 2013–netting a Team USA gold in the process.

Robert "Rob" Srinivasiah 

Rob has been playing Ultimate in various forms since 2004 at Arizona State. Rob first started coaching by helping Peninsula-based DISCeption in Spring 2013, followed by a co-coaching role with Palo Alto HS before the program merged with Gunn HS. He recently helped restart the coaching staff for Gunn HS, and is enjoying working with the next generation of Ultimate community members.

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U-20 Mixed: Happy Cows                                                                                        

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Vivian Chu

Vivian Chu began her ultimate career in 2008. She captained the Minnesota Girls’ YCC U20 team in 2012, and is returning to the YCC fields in Blaine, MN a decade later as a head coach for the Happy Cows. This will be her third year leading the herd with Nick Tolfa. Previously, she coached the University of Michigan’s developmental team, BFly, in 2017-2018 and helped found the first professional women’s team, the Detroit Riveters, to promote equity through visibility and set the roots for the Premier Ultimate League. She has made several USAU Nationals appearances in the collegiate and club divisions. Vivian currently plays for the San Francisco based mixed club team Mischief and the San Francisco professional women's team Falcons. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and telling jokes.

Nick Tolfa

Tolfa is entering his third season coaching the Happy Cows after stints coaching Belly of the Beast and Aftershock. He has played Ultimate for the past 11 years, including time with the Davis Dogs, Green River Swordfish, and Polar Bears, and now plays for Revolver. In his time away from Ultimate, Tolfa is an English teacher at North Salinas High School.

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U-20 Boys: Red Dawn                                                                                            

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Caleb Merriam

Caleb grew up in DC, where he started playing Ultimate in 10th grade. Caleb has played Ultimate ever since, through college at Cal Poly and for several club teams, most recently Revolver in 2021. His previous coaching experience comes at Cal Poly where he coached from 2019-2021. While there, Caleb studied Civil and Environmental Engineering which brought him up to Oakland for work. He fills his non-frisbee time with going outdoors, trying to find the best food around, and advocating for affordable housing through the East Bay. Caleb is super excited about this opportunity, and can't wait to get started!

Sawyer Thompson

Sawyer has been playing mixed and open ultimate in the Bay Area since graduating college in 2016. Over the course of his career as a player, he has won two world championships and one national championship, and he is currently preparing to begin his fourth year serving as a captain for Revolver. Recently, he has begun co-coaching the Ultimate Impact Dragons high school program, working to prepare the team for competition against other schools. A true believer of the "disc is life" mantra, you can also find him participating in many local leagues—he's currently captaining teams for the San Francisco Winter League and Proud Ultimate Universe League.

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Chris Lung

Chris grew to love playing Ultimate in college for UC Berkeley's Men's Ultimate team. After four years on the team he transitioned into coaching, playing mixed club Ultimate, and playing for the SJ Spiders in the AUDL. Chris joined the BUYA program in 2022 as an assistant coach for Red Dawn.