Arnoush Javaherian (a.k.a Java) is a science teacher at Neuqua Valley High School. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology and has been at Neuqua since 2007. Java grew up in Rockford, IL and did his undergrad at University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign where he obtained his bachelors in Kinesiology. From there he went to the University of Colorado-Boulder to do his masters in Kinesiology. Java then worked in Milwaukee as an Assistant Director of Education at a massage therapy school. He realized that he wanted to make a difference so he went back to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in order to obtain his teaching degree. Since then, Java has truly loved his job at Neuqua Valley High School. He is determined to be the best teacher/coach that he can be.
Java's has played Ultimate at many different levels. He was first introduced to the game in high school where he played on the Seniors team as they beat the Juniors. Java went on to coach Ultimate at a summer camp for 9 summers. Java has also played Ultimate at Illinois on the club level and extensively in Madison at the club level. He is currently playing ultimate in the Ultimate Chicago league and loves the game.
Java's coaching experience starts with football where he coached high school football at Illinois and Colorado. He has also coached Ultimate at a summer camp for 9 summers (as stated above).
Cullen is a Chemical Engineer working in a nuclear power plant south west of Chicago. As contradictory as those two are, they epitomize his entrance into ultimate frisbee. Cullen grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and as any good northern boy would, cross country skied throughout high school. His only connection to ultimate was his little brother who kept asking him for rides to his practice, convincing him to stay when he wasn't skiing. He graduated and went to University of Wisconsin Madison where he was on track to row crew in the first freshman boat. That ended quickly when he told the coach he wouldn't be able to make practices because of a frisbee tryout.
Cullen ended up playing for five years on the Wisconsin Hodags and came away with two first place college national medals spiked with a second place rouging. He has played on multiple club teams who have had a proud showing at club nationals. He brings experience from the highest level of ultimate and a knowledge of what it takes to compete at your peak ability. As such, he will be the voice in Java's ear as the assistant coach to the A team this year. He is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to teach with such a great program and bring a slice of Wisconsin ultimate to Illinois.
Goose, as he is well known in the Ultimate World, is a Florida native and has been playing competitive Ultimate for 10 years. Although he played casually during high school, it wasn't until 2003 that he discovered tournament play. It was love at first pull.Since then, he has played in the College Series with Wheaton College, culminating with D-III Nationals as well as in the Club Series with Jacksonville Hammerhead, Florida's Ronin, Jacksonville's JukeBox Hero, and Chicago's Machine. He has twice had the privilege of competing at the USAU Club Championships in Sarasota, Fl. Very recently, he was asked to play professionally with the Indianapolis AlleyCats in the American Ultimate Disc League where he was elected MVP!! Goose will also continue to play for Chicago's Machine.
2013 will be Goose's third year as a coach with NV Ultimate. In his own words, "I know that the growth of our sport is dependent upon Youth Ultimate and see it as a privilege to help mold the future leaders. As a coach, I hope to impart to our players knowledge and tactics of the game, Morrill Performance-based physical training, and the tradition of Spirit of the Game. In addition, it is an honor to serve on the NV Ultimate Board and I look forward to catalyzing NV Ultimate toward its potential."
Tony has been playing Ultimate since a long, long time ago in a college far, far away, playing for Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. Over the *cough* decades *cough* he has continued to play pickup and occasional tourneys even sometimes taking on player/coach. Outside Ultimate he works for a major Health Insurance provider within Information Technology.
My name is John Hock and I am the one making the catch (not the defender) in the picture. I have played Ultimate continuously for over 25 years, most of it with National level teams. I played for the Chicago based Open division teams (Windy City, Z, Machine) essentially from 1991 thru 2005, and have since been a captain of a Masters division team (Real Huck). I have lived in Naperville for over 15 years with my wife and four children who have graciously put up with my passion for the sport. During this time, I also helped coach a myriad of my children’s sports teams, most notably St. Raphael football for several years. One of our children is now in college, another is graduating this year and the youngest two will be going to Neuqua next year. My availability to be at practices will be very limited (due to work conflict), but I look forward to helping out the Neuqua Ultimate Frisbee program in as many other ways as I can.
I graduated in 2012 from Illinois State University with an English degree. I have lived in Naperville my whole life and greatly enjoy giving back to the Ultimate community through coaching and event planning.
I began playing frisbee recreationally with friends nearly eight years ago, but didn’t learn Ultimate until NV alum Ben Rehmann began to show him the ins and outs of the game during summer leagues about six years ago. Since then, I spent four years as a State University Gnomes (two as a captain) and two summers as a member of Chicago Gambit, Chicago’s top mixed club team.
Nick Lindeke was first introduced to ultimate at church during his junior year at Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota. He immediately fell in love with the sport and spent the next year forming a club team so that he could play competitively during his senior year. The passion and dedication from a couple coaches changed his life. Nick graduated from Valparaiso University in 2011 with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Ultimate Frisbee. Based on what he heard about the ultimate scene in Chicago, he decided to move there to start work and has played on two mixed club teams, Ibex and Mixed Reaction. He lives a life of adventure and enjoys change, but the one thing that has stayed the same throughout has been his passion for ultimate frisbee.
A broken collarbone in the spring of 2012 forced Nick to reconsider his opportunities as a player and has transitioned into a coaching role for his team. And after hearing about the amazing ultimate program at Neuqua Valley, he knew he had to get involved some way. He always intended to be a coach and now is finally the right time, "My ultimate coach in high school forever changed my life" for the better he hopes, "and I just want to give back to the same community that helped shape me." Nick will be the head coach for the youth ultimate program this spring.
I have been involved in the Neuqua program now for four years. I am currently playing at the club level and am also coaching for my second year. I am very excited to be a part of this program again. I came out for the club as a junior in high school and played for two years under Coach Java. I can gladly say I learned so much from him. So now I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to pass on what I know to other kids. I want to make sure they learn the skills that are necessary to be a great ultimate player, but more importantly to have fun and make new friends through this amazing sport!
Jody is currently a chemical lab technician working in Naperville, looking to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Integrative Biology and minor in Chemistry. Her first experience with Ultimate (or any sport for that matter) was her freshman year of college at the University of Illinois. She joined the ultimate team just for fun, with the hopes of making some friends and avoiding gaining the “freshman fifteen”. Ultimate quickly went from an extracurricular activity to a life-changing obsession.
Having no prior sports background, Jody's initiation to ultimate was rough to say the least. She bought her first pair of real running shoes and started hitting the track right away that fall, despite being the worst rookie in her class. She kept at it, however, with throwing sessions and track workouts, determined not to fail. By her junior year she was voted captain, and senior year a Great Lakes First Team All-Region player. Along with her 4 years as a handler on Illinois Menace, she has played for club teams Chicago Nemesis and Chicago Gambit. Jody couldn’t be more excited to coach the Neuqua Valley girls team this year!
I started playing in college at Millikin. I remember the first time I threw a forehand it went 20 yards straight behind me, but things have since changed. I played for 4 years at MU winning 3 intramural championships. During the summers I played in the Naperville Ultimate summer league captaining the “Free Agents.” Ultimate is such a great sport because it really teaches the importance of teamwork, technique, creativity, and most of all respect through the Spirit of the Game.
I joined ultimate in 2010 starting on the D team and working my way up to the A team that year. I was part of the 2011 and 2012 State Championship Teams. In addition, I played for Chicago YCC since its' beginning in 2010. I am very excited to be a practice player with the Windy City Wildfire which will help me to elevate my game and become a better coach!