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The Utah Wild is organized by six board members who were brought together by their love for ultimate and the goal to elevate the Mountain West Ultimate Community to a professional level.
Alex hails from Florida where he first played ultimate frisbee recreationally as a kid at the Boys & Girls Club. After finishing an undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and moving to a new city, Alex rediscovered the sport as a way to make friends and run around. In Florida, and later North Carolina, he played open club ultimate for a few years. After another move out west to begin a graduate degree (snowboard) at the University of Utah. Here, Alex joined the college team as a 28-year-old rookie and grad student. After finishing college eligibility, Alex coached U20 and U17 YCC boys teams for the Utah Swarm. Most recently, Alex is a father to a little girl who you will see at all the Wild Games. Otherwise, you'll find Alex biking all over Salt Lake City.
Erica is a proud native of Minnesota where, after giving up basketball, she learned to throw a disc. She started playing ultimate seriously in college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. In the fall of 2018 after five years with the Fighting Gobies (captaining for two years), a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and an MS in Materials Science Engineering, they made their way out west to Utah. She spent her college summers at Camp Menogyn guiding hiking, climbing, and primarily canoeing trips throughout northern Minnesota and Canada, all the way up to the Arctic Ocean! Since then they have played club Ultimate with Utah Elevate, Mom Pants, and Swell. When she’s not thinking about frisbee, you can find her talking to her cat, Phoebe, or siblings, Ava, Sylvie, and Evan.
Jeremy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York always running around outside looking for cool rocks and bugs and playing in the dirt. He eventually built that activity into a career seeking a BA in Archeology from the University of Evansville and moving to the UK to pursue a MA in Experimental Archeology. While living in England, Jeremy started playing competitive Ultimate, first with the University of Exeter Uriel and then the local club team Devon. After returning to the US he spent seasons in various locations before landing in Salt Lake where he splits his time between Archeology and Ski Instructing. In his spare time Jeremy enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, and growing his various collections of rocks, cameras, antiques and other curios.
Jesse grew up in Sunapee, New Hampshire, where she fostered an early passion for skiing, hiking, dancing, and tossing the disc with her two older brothers. She studied Government and Computer Science at Colby College, where she was quickly scooped up by the welcoming Ultimate team on campus. She played with Colby’s Dazzling Asses for four years, captaining the team for two of them. After school, Jesse solo traveled the country for several years, sustaining her extrovert needs by hopping from one frisbee community to another. After moving permanently to Salt Lake City, she played her first club season with Utah Dark Sky. Frisbee has always offered her community, love, and security wherever she’s traveled, and she is excited to give back.
Jessica "Jess" Horii
Jess grew up in the mountains of Colorado, near Breckenridge. She received both a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. While attending Mines, Jess ran for the track and field team for three years. After retiring from track, some of her friends convinced her to play on the Ultimate Frisbee team, Enthalpy, for her last two years, although one and a half of those years didn’t really happen with the COVID-19 pandemic. After graduation, Jess played in some leagues and picked up on a few different club teams, until moving to Ogden, UT and playing her first full club season with Utah Swell. Jess loves skiing, hiking, camping, travelling and spending time with her friends and family!
Taylor grew up in Columbus, Ohio where he ran cross country and track and learned to play every musical instrument he could get his hands on. Taylor got his BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University. He started playing Ultimate in college and he currently enjoys playing mixed club in the summers and coaching a girls high school team during the school year. Besides Ultimate, Taylor loves playing volleyball, traveling, writing, and anything else creative.
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