Members of the Junior Boys’ (Open) Competitive Ultimate teams have an exciting summer ahead of them with the announcement of a top-notch coaching crew.
The Ignite, Scorch and Blaze coaches are bringing a combination of coaching experience, youth, long-time playing experience and an infectious enthusiasm for the game! The 2019 Boys will also benefit from technical oversight by Derek Alexander, captain of the Ottawa Outlaws professional ultimate team!
Meet our 2019 Coaches:
Ignite Head Coach: Andrew Leach
Andrew is entering his fifth year with Ignite and seventh year coaching Juniors Ultimate in Ottawa. Having begun playing Ultimate in 1999, this is Andrew’s 20th anniversary in the game and his first year as a Great Grandmaster player. Andrew spends his time away from coaching teaching Junior High School in Gatineau, Quebec.
Andrew will be working with Sébastien Labrecque and Luca Lafontaine.
Scorch Head Coach: Karlis Bouse
Karlis has played Ultimate since 1990, starting in high school, and in OCUA with the Fabulous Flying Flamingoes. He played with Carleton University in the mid-1990’s, competing in the US College series and winning the Canadian University Championships in 1995. With a handful of Nationals, one Worlds and a multitude of tournaments with various club teams in earlier years, he now competes in the Grand Masters category. He also started coaching over the last 6-7 years, beginning with his own kids (and many more!) in OCUA Recreational leagues, and with OJCUP since 2016. He loves the sport, and tries to share his joy of the game every time he steps on the field. Game on!!
Karlis will be working with Sébastien Bélanger and Habib Atallah.
Blaze Head Coach: Brent Burton
Brent Burton has been playing competitive ultimate since 2010 having attended a variety of international tournament and CUC from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 in both the open and open masters divisions. Dr. Burton was a director at large on the Ontario Disc Sport Association’s board of directors from 2012-2014, where he developed policies regarding appropriate management of on-field concussions in Ultimate. His experience with coaching and management of competitive teams stems from his time with IronCrow Ultimate (Ottawa’s master’s team) which he co-founded and captained for several years.
When he’s not on the field, Dr. Burton is a chiropractor with experience treating athletes from a variety of sports at the amateur, competitive and professional levels including Ottawa’s professional football team. In addition to spinal complaints, Dr. Burton’s practice also focuses on rehabilitation from athletic injuries.
Brent will be working with Chris Millington, Ryan Wallace and Simon Walker.