Spin Ultimate Academy

Coaches

Spin Ultimate Academy Coaches

Michael Baccarini
(Head Coach)

Michael, a former club player with national and international experience, has taught elementary school since 1992 and coached Junior High and High School Ultimate at Paideia School in Atlanta since 1994. His teams have been at the forefront of youth Ultimate, having captured two national titles (2001, 2002), finished as runners up (2003), and have cultivated a formidable reputation in Youth Ultimate throughout the past 20+ years.

He has coached such standout players as Jason Simpson, Dylan Tunnell, Josh Markette, Moses Rifkin, Jolian Dahl, Grant Lindsley, and Adam Simon, and Callahan winners Pauline Lauterbach, Miranda Roth, George Stubbs, Leila Tunnell, and Paula Seville. At the 2014 USA Ultimate Club Championships, Michael had over 25 current and former players competing among the 60 teams in attendance.

Michael coached the U-19 U.S. National Team in 1998 (Minneapolis - gold medal), 2000 (Heilbronn, Germany - bronze), 2004 (Turku, Finland - gold) and 2006 (Boston - gold). Most recently Michael led the 2013 Atlanta YCC U-19 team to a championship in Blaine, Minnesota. He served as the National Youth Director for USA Ultimate from 2000-2003, helped write the curriculum for the national coaching certification clinics, and has led several of these clinics around the country.

Along with Amherst Regional High School's Tiina Booth, Michael is the co-author of Essential Ultimate: Teaching, Coaching, Playing.

Miranda Knowles
(Coach)

Miranda (Roth) Knowles found Ultimate Frisbee as a high school athlete and in the following 3 years transferred all her hard work, athleticism, leadership and sportsmanship from basketball and soccer to become a full-time frisbee player.  Once fully dedicated, she never looked back, winning junior worlds for the United States, the Callahan Award while playing for Carleton College and soon after, 2 national championships with Seattle Riot and a World Games championship with the USA.

Miranda's accomplishments within the sport are unparalleled.  Highlights include founding the Seattle Fryz youth club program, competing at WJUC 2000 (gold), coaching WJUC 2006 (gold), 2010 (bronze), 2012 (with team Israel), playing World Games 2005 (gold), and founding the YK Pao School's Fighting Crickets in Shanghai, China where she became a National Champion as a player with Shanghai HuWa in 2012, 2013.

Most recently she has focused her efforts on working with Ultimate Peace and increasing playing opportunities for women, youth and under-served populations in her hometown of Atlanta, particularly in working with the AUDL's Atlanta Hustle. In 2014, Miranda co-founded and is a player-coach for Atlanta Outbreak, an Atlanta-based developmental women's club team. 

She is currently a high school biology teacher and the head Girls coach at her alma mater, The Paideia School in Atlanta.

 

Jericho Barbour
(Assistant Coach)

Jericho Barbour began his Ultimate career at the young age of seven at Paideia Ultimate Frisbee Summer Camp, which he attended until the year 2008. Jericho continued his playing career as a Varsity player for Paidea High School (2008-2011), before going on to captain Georgia Southern Ultimate.  In 2010, Jericho played with Team USA at the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Germany where the team won a gold medal.  As a Club player, Jericho co-founded / captained Bullet Ultimate, the East Coast Open Sectional winner for 2014.
 

Jericho has already established himself as a bright, up-and-coming coach.  He is currently coaching the Georgia College men's team, Disconnected. In 2014, he led the squad to a 50-6 season including a first place win at Division III Regionals and a 7th place finish at Division III Nationals. 

Jericho returns to coach at Spin Ultimate Academy for the 3rd time, having coached in 2013 and 2015