Mike Nash has been involved in the ultimate community for almost 20 years. He first learned the sport as a summer camper at Duke in the summer of 1996 (go TiP!) and has found ways to stay active ever since. He began playing competitively in the fall of 1999 at Cornell University (Rock ’em buds!) and continued as a graduate student at Georgia Tech (go Tribe!). He went on to play competitive club ultimate in the Southeast, eventually captaining/coaching El Diablo to Nationals in 2008 (go chickens!).
After settling down with his wife, Julia (also an ultimate player), and beginning to raise a family, Mike found other ways to participate in the sport. He coordinated several Regional tournaments and served as an observer and observer coordinator for many years. He began coaching in the fall of 2010 with the College of Charleston women’s team (go Hobos!), and loved teaching many of the lessons he learned as a player.
In 2012, Mike, Julia, and their two daughters Amelia and Natalie, moved to Stuttgart, Germany. This move allowed them to travel more and experience European and Middle Eastern culture. Mike played a season of club ultimate with the Stuttgart men’s team (go Swabians!), before eventually retiring (this time for real) from playing. He now coaches the Stuttgart women’s team (go GoHos!), as well as the German mixed National Team (go ‘Schland?!). In addition, Mike volunteers his time assisting and integrating recent European immigrants in the Stuttgart area.
Mike is thrilled to be a part of Ultimate Peace for 2016 and looks forward to sharing Spirit of the Game to the next generation of players.