Joining his fellow Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimatecaptain is Mark Poole, whom we expect big things from this season. His long and fruitful run with Chain includes a 2009 club national championship as well as four seasons as a team captain. He has played two seasons for Team USA Beach Worlds, including a World Championship win in 2011 and a promotion to captain for the current 2015 Team USA BeachWorld’s Team. Mark quietly excelled at the college level, where he played with Georgia College Ultimate for his entire college career including a Division I All Region selection while playing at a Division III school. Mark truly begin to shine at the club level, where he played two seasons with SmokeShack, one season with mixed team Southside United, and then joined his current team, Atlanta Chain Lightning where he has played for seven seasons. His favorite color is purple and when asked of his play style, Mark replied in true Atlanta fashion with “Chicks dig the long-ball.”
Jay began his ultimate career at Tufts University, where he was captain in 2011. He continued to standout at the college level for Georgia Tech Tribe for 2012 and 2013, in which he was named First Team All Region both years and the Southeastern player of the year as well as NexGen Tour member in 2013. Jay has played club ultimate with Atlanta Chain Lightning from 2012-present, where he is currently a captain. On the field, he is extremely explosive and acrobatic, coming from a diverse athletic background including football, baseball, and freestyle skiing. When asked of his play style Jay responded, “Oh…I throw a lot of scoobers.”
The Atlanta Hustle are excited about the youthful energy and athleticism of our roster. Brian Moore is a crucial part of this, as one of our younger players coming in at 23. Brian emerged as a leader of the Crimson Tide ultimate team for five seasons before he transitioned into coaching the Tide. He has a variety of valuable experience on his club resume, playing with fourteams in four seasons: Ironmen in 2011, Tanasi in 2012, Southern Hospitality in 2013, and finally his current team, Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate. When asked about his play style, Brian replied, “On the field I possess the determination of Harry, the adaptability of Hermione, and the bravery of Ron.”
On a national level, Dylan has won gold medals with Team USA in both 2009 and 2013. Starting in 2000, Dylan remained with Chain Lightning Ultimate until 2013 including their national club championship in 2009. Additionally, in 2011, Dylan was awarded the Likewise Skincare MVP award for all of the club open division. He currently plays with elite Atlanta mixed team, Atlanta Bucket. Dylan started his college ultimate career in Athens, Ga with Jojah from 2002-2007. Perfectly complimenting our “huck it or nothing” players, as a crafty veteran, Dylan described his play style as “cerebral, conservative decision making.” As if he wasn't popular enough already, you can also find Dylan’s likeness AND name in the book adaption of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen television show.
Bucket Ultimate player, Steven Hicks, is another valuable addition to our first round of signees. He started playing ultimate in high school when he joined a pick up league developed by the Florida State Men’s Ultimate team and Alumni. He remained in Tallahassee to start his club ultimate career with Sabre Corp, including a trip to Nationals in 2011. Upon moving to Atlanta, he remained in the mixed division and played with Bucket Ultimate including a trip to nationals in 2014.
Rounding out our Western Washington University trio is Allan Laviolette. Not only does Allan have prior professional ultimate experience with the MLU’s Seattle Rainmakers, but he also has elite club level experience with Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate. Please help us welcome Allan Laviolette to the Atlanta Hustle!
Michael Spear | #18
Michael played five seasons with Georgia Tech Tribe from 2005-2010, including as captain in 2009 and 2010. He continued his club career locally, playing with El Diablo from 2007-2009 and then joining his current team, Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate, in 2010. When asked of his play style, Michael replied simply, yet definitively, with “Huck it.” More importantly, however, he loves ginger snaps and has NEVER lost a game of credit card roulette.
Atlanta Bucket’s defensive specialist Ryan Archibald. Ryan played two seasons with Georgia Tech Tribe Ultimate in 2007 and 2008. His club resume includes three years with El Diablo notching a trip to Club nationals in 2008. He then continued his club ultimate career with Tanasi who also went to nationals in 2010. He has played with Bucket since 2012, who made it to Club Nationals in 2012 & 2014. When Archie isn’t #Hustlin’ around with us, he can be found working on solutions for transporting and storing used nuclear fuel #SmartSigning. A car enthusiast and classic Mini owner, he took 2011 off from ultimate to race in the Grassroots Motorsports Magazine Challenge.
Christian has competed at the international level, winning a gold medal with Team USA U-23 Open in 2013. Christian has been a standout player in his four years for Emory Juice Ultimate, where he is currently a senior and has spent time as team captain. Christian stayed local with his club career, starting in the mixed division with Atlanta Bucket including a trip to Club Nationals. He is currently a second year player for Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate, making the trip to Club Nationals both seasons he has played with the team. Although he learned to play ultimate from the man who actually wrote the book on fundamental ultimate, Michael Baccarini, Christian still describes his play as “stylish.” Not only is Christian now a professional ultimate frisbee player, but he is also a professional jazz pianist! Please help The Atlanta Hustle give a warm welcome to Christian Olsen! #stylin' Photo by Christina Schmidt Photography forUltiPhotos.
Frank Wooten | #12
The Atlanta Hustle could not be any happier with our signing of long time Atlanta ultimate standout, and current Atlanta Chain Lightning player, Frank Wooten. Frank began his ultimate career with UGA Jojah Ultimate from 2005-2007. After returning to Atlanta, he started his long and fruitful career with Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate where he has played since joining the team in 2007, including two years as captain in 2013 and 2014. Putting his tall frame in the spotlight, when asked of his play style, Frank simply replied “Big ball.” We are lucky to have such an experienced presence and leader in the Atlanta ultimate community join our roster! Photo by Brandon Wu Photography for UltiPhotos
Taylor "Tree" Goforth | #88
The Atlanta Hustle are thrilled to welcome Kennesaw State University Alum, 6’ 7” Taylor “Tree” Goforth, to our roster. He has a long reign in elite club ultimate, beginning his career with mixed team Rival in 2008 and 2009 before joining Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate in 2010. After a brief spell with Bucket Ultimate, including trips to Club Nationals, Taylor returned to Chain in 2014. Taylor played his entire college career withKennesaw State Ultimate from 2006-2011. Showing the fitting nature of his nickname, when asked of his play style, Taylor replied, “You can’t teach tall.” Please help the Atlanta Hustle welcome, 2006 Times Person of the Year, Taylor “Tree” Goforth to our roster! Photo by Jolie J Lang Photography for UltiPhotos.
Byron Liu | #8
Byron won a gold medal with Team USA U-23 Open in 2013, and has earned a spot on the World Beach Ultimate roster with the mixed team for 2015. Starting his ultimate career with Emory Juice Ultimate, Byron has taken the ultimate community by storm. He began his club career with Six Pack Men's Ultimate Frisbee Team in 2010, before continuing with his current team, Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate, in 2011. Don't let the fact that he is the tallest member in his family at 5’9 fool you; Byron is a quick and explosive player who can attack the skies with the best of them! Please help us welcome Byron Lui to our roster! Photo by Brandon Wu Photography for UltiPhotos.
Matthew Knowles | #3
Hailing from Washington, Matthew started his club career with Sockeye Ultimate. After relocating to Atlanta, Matthew swapped to the Mixed Division to play for the elite local mixed team, Bucket Ultimate. Matthew played his college career with Western Washington University, where he played for 5 seasons. When asked about his play style, Matthew replied with “slow and efficient,” which will compliment all of our huck heavy players nicely on the field. Please give Matthew Knowles and his wife, our assistant coach Miranda, a warm welcome to the Hustle family.
Dr. Robert Runner's most recent bout with competitive ultimate was with local elite club team, Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate. He played with Chain from 2009-2012, including winning club nationals in 2009 and placing 4th at Worlds in 2010. Prior to Chain, Robert attended club nationals with two separate mixed teams, Axis of C’ville and Guillermo Y Compania. Robert started his ultimate career at University of Virginia, including a trip to College Nationals in 2009 in which Robert was team captain. This same season, Robert finished 5th in the overall voting for the Callahan Award, college ultimate’s most prestigious individual player award. Befitting a medical doctor, Robert described his style of play as “cool, calm and collected.”
Joining his teammate from Western Washington University and Bucket Ultimate, The Atlanta Hustle welcome Sean Sears to our roster! Sean’s professional ultimate career began with the MLU’s Seattle Rainmakers. He has additional club ultimate experience with Seattle’s Voodoo and Seattle mixed team D’oh ultimate, which includes three trips to Club Nationals. After moving to Atlanta, Sean decided to stay in competitive mixed ultimate and joined Atlanta’s elite mixed team, Bucket Ultimate. Fitting with his Western Washington teammate, when asked about his style of play, Sean replied “Good ol’ small ball.” He would also like our entire fan base to know that he knows a lot more about Dragon Ball Z then Matthew Knowles does.
Jack played with the elite Kansas City national contender, Prairie Fire, before coming to Atlanta and joining Atlanta Chain Lightning Ultimate. Jack has college experience with the University of Illinois Ultimate frisbee team, as well as with Georgia Tech Tribe. On par with his fiery ultimate background, when asked of his play style, Jack replied, “Let’s get physical.” Please help us welcome Jack Krieger to Atlanta!