We are pleased to welcome, Mike Richard, as the AYU Operations Manager! Mike is AYU’s second full-time employee and will be responsible for managing the logistics for summer camps and other youth programs, along with assisting in delivering quality tournaments, developing resources and new programs, and expanding our effectiveness in serving the Colorado ultimate community.
Mike was introduced to the sport of Ultimate his senior year at Monarch High School. Since then it has been a huge part of his life. Mike played 4 years at the collegiate level with the University of Wyoming, helping to build the small program from the ground up, all while facing powerhouses like CU Mamabird. After returning to Colorado, Mike was recruited to coach at his alma mater, Monarch. Since then Mike has been heavily involved in the youth Ultimate scene in CO. Mike’s professional career is also based in teaching youth. Mike worked in education as a teacher and support staff for 10 years. In the summer of 2015, Mike was granted the opportunity to coach abroad in Israel with an organization called Ultimate Peace. This experience further grew his love for the sport. Outside of Ultimate, you may find Mike traveling, riding his bike across the country, woodworking in the garage, or playing some basketball (only because it’s great cross-training). Mike is extremely excited to be joining AYU and grateful for the opportunity to further teach, expand, and improve the amazing sport that is Ultimate!