CUC has assembled an amazing team of coaches who have played and taught ultimate all over the country! These coaches have years of experience and many have played and instructed on the national level. The 2014 staff includes:
- Will Smolinski – CUC Director 2008-present, P.E. and Health Teacher at Williamsburg MS 2004-present, Williamsburg MS Coach 2006-present, YHB Varsity Boys Coach 2005-2012, Truck Stop Coach 2014, 2015 DC Current Defensive Coordinator 2013, 2014, DC Current Head Coach 2015-present
- Dave Soles – CUC Director 2008-present, Arlington Teacher 1996-present, YHB Coach 1999-2005, YHB Girls Coach 2005-2012, W-L Coach 2013, 2014, YULA Director 2014-present
- Jonathan Neeley – CUC Coach 2011-present, UVA 2006-2009, YHB Varsity Boys Coach 2012, George Washington Coach 2013-present, Truck Stop 2011-present, DC Current ’13, DC Breeze ’14, DC Breeze ’15
- Julia Petro – CUC Coach 2010-present, YHB 2008-2010, JMU Ultimate 2011-2015 (Captain 2013-2015)
- Trueman Nottingham – CUC Coach 2011-present, YHB 2008-2009, UNC-Wilmington Ultimate 2010-2015 (Captain 2013-2015)
- Cody Johnston – CUC Coach 2010-present, YHB 2008-2010, William & Mary Ultimate 2010-2015 (Captain 2013), Truck Stop ’13 and ’15, DC Current 2014
Will has dedicated his life to teaching and empowering youth through sports and health education. He has 10 years of experience engaging students as a Physical Education and Health teacher at Williamsburg Middle School (2004-present). In addition to his full time job at WMS, Will is involved in every level of the sport as a coach, mentor, and friend.
Will began his Ultimate career playing at Truman State and Drew University from 2001 to 2004. In 2005 he moved to Northern Virginia and began coaching the Yorktown-HB Woodlawn varsity boys (YHB). In his 8-year tenure as head coach, YHB won 6 state championships.
In addition to his involvement at the high school level, Will created the Williamsburg MS Ultimate Team in 2006 and has coached them ever since.
Will’s success coaching at the youth level spread to the elite club scene in 2013 when he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the DC Current (D.C.’s professional team in Major League Ultimate). Following his success with the DC Current, Will was brought on as head coach for D.C.’s elite men’s club team, Truck Stop. Will enters his second season with the Current this spring, once again as the D coordinator.
Will’s experience and composure make him a strong role model for campers and help create the atmosphere of trust and respect at CUC
If one man is responsible for the thriving youth ultimate scene in Virginia, it’s Dave Soles. Dave is passionate and dedicated to the idea of getting every kid to play frisbee.
Dave has been a teacher in Arlington since 1996. He taught chemistry and P.E. at HB Woodlawn for over a decade, and after a year living in Africa, is back teaching Algebra at Washington-Lee.
Dave began playing frisbee in 1993 at William & Mary and hasn’t looked back since. He created and coached the YHB boys from 1999-2005 and, when Will took over as head coach for the boys, Dave shifted his focus to developing a strong women’s program. From 2005 to 2012, Dave organized, recruited, and coached girls at all levels for YHB.
Dave’s hard work established the YHB girls as the most dominant program in state history. The YHB girls are the reigning State Champs since 2008 and look to continue their strong tradition of winning this spring.
After returning from Africa in 2012, Dave accepted his current position at Washington-Lee and formed the W-L boys team. His experience coaching, working with administrators, and building the YHB program will ensure that ultimate becomes a staple sport at W-L.
Dave’s love of life is contagious and his irreplaceable energetic personality is the foundation of the fun, inclusive environment at CUC.
Julia is an experienced leader who brings energy, patience, and humor to CUC in her 5th year of coaching. She began playing for YHB in 2008 and captained the team to a State Championship in 2010. In 2011, Julia took her talents to James Madison University and quickly became an impact player. Now, as a senior in her second year of captaining, Julia leads the JMU women’s team at tournaments across the country.
In addition to her exploits on the field, Julia is majoring in Inclusive Early Childhood Education at JMU. Julia’s leadership experience, education studies, and deep love for her dog, Rooney, make her a perfect fit for coaching at CUC.
Trueman is a passionate and direct ultimate instructor with a history of competing at the highest levels. After several years playing Yorktown HS varsity football, Trueman switched to frisbee in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. After two years of playing for YHB, Trueman moved to North Carolina and began his college career at UNC-Wilmington.
Trueman is in his second year of captaining the UNC-W Seamen and hopes to lead them to the USAU D-1 College Championships in Cincinnati this May. Throughout the year, Trueman and the Seamen compete at the highest level of college ultimate in tournaments across the country. Trueman brings energy and passion to CUC and his extensive knowledge of the game allow him to focus more on personalized, individual player feedback.