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US National Team Athlete and Staff Additions

After reviewing essays, film, scouting reports and training camp performances, the US National Team (USNT) staff selected nine more athletes for the standing team. The USNT is also proud to announce the hiring of three new staff members.

Below is the current US National Standing Team. New additions to the USNT are in italics.

U.S. NATIONAL STANDING TEAM

Jayke Archibald - Keeper - Quidditch Club Boston
Andrew Axtell - Chaser - Texas Hill Country Heat
Julia Baer - Chaser - Bosnyan Bearsharks
Martin Bermudez Jr - Chaser - Texas Cavalry
Kaci Erwin - Chaser - Texas Cavalry
Bailee Fields - Beater - Texas State University
Harry Greenhouse - Utility - Quidditch Club Boston
Samuel Haimowitz - Chaser - Texas Hill Country Heat
Max Havlin - Beater - Quidditch Club Boston
Rachel Heald - Utility - Kansas Quidditch
Jackson Johnson - Beater - Texas Hill Country Heat
Luke Langlinais - Chaser - Texas Hill Country Heat
Lindsay Marella - Chaser - The Warriors
Augustine Monroe - Keeper - Texas Cavalry
Elizabeth Ng - Utility - UCLA
Hallie Pace - Beater - Texas Hill Country Heat
Jacob Parker - Utility - Terminus Quidditch Atlanta
Tyler Trudeau - Keeper - Bosnyan Bearsharks
Lulu Xu - Beater - Quidditch Club Boston

No athlete on the USNT standing roster is guaranteed play time or a tournament roster spot at any point during their time on the USNT standing roster. While there will be designated periods for mass additions and cuts, the USNT head coach may add or cut a player as they deem necessary. The next designated period for additions to the standing roster will follow US Quidditch Cup 12. On April 21, USNT Head Coach Michael “Yada” Parada–alongside his coaching staff and scouts–will evaluate performances from US Quidditch Cup 12, and athletes with standout performances will be taken into consideration for standing team roster offers. On April 28, USNT staff will announce its 25-person IQA Pan-American Games 2019 roster.

U.S. NATIONAL STANDING TEAM STAFF

As previously announced, Amanda Dallas and Michael Parada will continue on in their roles of USNT Coordinator and USNT Head Coach, respectively. Miguel Esparza will serve as the official USNT photographer. Dallas and Parada have selected three staff members to join them.

Returning to the team as USNT videographer is Jenna Bollweg. Joining her are newcomers to the USNT staff–assistant coaches Ethan Sturm and Jackson Johnson.

Sturm has been coaching quidditch since 2011 as a leader of the Toms River Hydras. He helped lead Tufts University to a Northeast Regional Championship title in 2014 and Quidditch Club Boston to a Northeast Regional Championship title in 2015 in addition to a US Quidditch Cup 9 title in 2016. He is currently in his first season as the coach of Harvard University. Off the pitch, Sturm has analyzed the sport through his articles and podcasts at The Eighth Man since founding the site in 2012.

In addition to beating for the USNT, Johnson will now also serve as a playing assistant coach. A #RedeemTeam2018 gold medalist, Johnson also has extensive coaching experience in a US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch (MLQ) capacity. He captained the US Quidditch Cup 10 runner-up Texas State Quidditch and was an assistant coach for the 2018 MLQ champions, the Austin Outlaws. In addition to numerous Southwest Regional champion and runner-up titles, he has also taken second at US Quidditch Cup 11 and World Cup VII.

To learn more about the structure of the USNT and the selection process, check out this page. Keep an eye on the USNT Facebook, USNT Twitter, and the USQ Instagram to find out who else will make the cut.