Ryan lives in Cranford, NJ and has played competitive Ultimate since 1999. Ryan started his playing career in college at Drew University and Rutgers University. He has played club ultimate for various NJ based mixed and open teams over the years including captaining the mixed team NJ Jughandle up until 2015. Ryan organizes and coaches the Westfield Ultimate program which has programs ranging from 3rd through 12th grade including competitive traveling teams for high school and middle school. In addition, he coaches for the DEVYL program at USA Ultimate’s Youth Club Championships coaching to a national title in 2010 and silver medal finishes in 2012 and 2015.
Outside of Ultimate, Ryan is a middle school math teacher at Thomas Edison Intermediate School in Westfield. When he isn’t organizing Ultimate or teaching, he runs student travel trips to such destinations as New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, Orlando, and other locations as well as being on international student trips to London, Paris, Madrid, and beyond.
Anthony Nuñez has been on the Ultimate scene since he was in middle school in 1994. He started playing at the birthplace of Ultimate, Columbia High School in Maplewood NJ. He has coached Ultimate since 1998 and has found success at every level of the sport. In 2007, he and Ryan Thompson helped found the Delaware Valley Youth League and has been involved in the DEVYL program ever since. Anthony has been the U20 DEVYL coach since 2007 and has lead them to a Youth Club Championship in 2010 and a second place finish in 2016.
Anthony brings 16 years of educational technology experience, as well as a background in television production to the Technology Director position. He is excited to help DEVYL stay up to date in this modern technology world.
Jax was born and raised in Warren Township, New Jersey. She attended Watchung Hills Regional High School where she first began playing Ultimate Frisbee her sophomore year with the Lady Warriors. She attended Boston University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Advertising and captained the university’s women’s club team, the Ozone Pilots, her junior and senior year, while also taking on the roles of Vice President, President, and Treasurer her sophomore, junior, and senior year (respectively).
Jax moved home after college and is working as an assistant coach to the girls’ team at Watchung Hills alongside Kenneth Karnas. In 2017, Jax began working within the Devyl program by coaching the girls’ U-20 summer club team, travelling to the Youth Club Championship tournament in Minnesota every year. Outside of Ultimate, Jax works at Salustro Partnership Architects, LLC as an intern architect, and enjoys photography, drawing/painting, and snowboarding in the winter.
Ken Karnas has been playing and coaching ultimate since 2001. Shortly after learning the sport, he began playing and organizing with the Sussex County Ultimate Disc League. Professionally, Ken has been a US and World History teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School since 2007, at which time he also began as an assistant the Ultimate program. He became the official coach in 2009, and over the the past ten years has worked to expand the program to include both Boys, Girls, and two JV teams along with annual home tournaments that are staples in the local area. The program boasts players who have gone on to regional, club and national teams. In addition to teaching and coaching, Ken is currently President of the WHRHS education association. Outside of WHRHS, Ken serves as the NJ Girls State Outreach Coordinator, the NJ Girls State Competition Director and is a USA Ultimate certified Coach and Tournament Director. He joined the DEVYL organization in 2013 where he has coached the ever competitive Girls U-20 Valkyries Team and has also worked to bring about a DEVYLopmental program and even a U17 team that made its way to Minnesota.
Jon grew up in New York City and first started playing ultimate in the famous “dust bowl” pickup games in Central Park. He played briefly for the Colgate University club team and has been playing recreationally for over 20 years. Jon became the head coach of the Dwight-Englewood varsity team in 2014 and started the Middle School ultimate program at the school last year. He teaches 8th grade math and science at Dwight-Englewood, coaches basketball, and serves as an 8th grade adviser. A passion of Jon is student travel, and he has been organizing and leading both 8th grade and high school trips to South America since 2011. In his spare time, Jon also plays basketball and chases after his six-year old twin boys. He looks forward to helping advance high school ultimate in New Jersey.
Allison’s ultimate career began in 2006 when she discovered the sport at the George Washington University. After graduating, Allison began playing mixed club ultimate when she returned in New Jersey. She currently teaches 6th grade science in Westfield and coaches with the Westfield middle school program. Additionally, she has coached with DEVYL indoor winter leagues and assisted with last year’s summer program. Allison is looking forward to getting back into ultimate after taking a year off while she was pregnant with her daughter.
Joe started playing ultimate in college at Case Western for the Fighting Gobies. He has played club mixed ultimate since 2010, and in 2013, he played for the AUDL’s NJ Hammerheads. Joe has coached two DEVYL indoor leagues and with the summer DEVYL squads for the last two years, in addition to helping out with the Westfield High School team. Professionally, Joe has taught English at South Brunswick High School since 2009, where he also organizes an annual indoor tournament for local students.
Kevin Lakritz - Consultant
Kevin grew up in Springfield, NJ and started playing ultimate in 2007. He played and captained at The College of New Jersey where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in accountancy. He played on DEVYL’s u19 team in 2011 and 2012 and coached the u17 team in 2017. Outside of ultimate Kevin enjoys hiking, camping, competing in triathlons, and snowboarding. After working in public accounting in the New York City area for several years, Kevin moved abroad and currently lives in New Zealand.