Meet our new volunteer staff members that joined USQ this September!
We are so excited to have welcomed 13 new volunteers to the USQ team this September. Additionally, Gameplay Coordinator Matt Melton is expanding his role and taking on the position of referee coordinator. If you see them at any upcoming events, please say hello to them! If interested in joining USQ as a year-round staff volunteer, you can learn more about our available opportunities here.
Matthew Cooper grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and has lived in Charlottesville, Virginia for the last six years. During those years, he graduated from the University of Virginia and will finish his law degree at UVA Law this year. Cooper has played on the UVA Club Quidditch team as a chaser, seeker, and snitch since his freshman year. He has volunteered as a snitch across the country for both USQ and MLQ.
Jarrod Bailey recently moved to the Northeast region from the West after six years of experience reffing, snitching and playing for Arizona State University, The Gambits, Phoenix Sol and The Diablos. One of his favorite snitching memories was going up against seekers from Australia, France, Germany, Canada and several others during the 2018 World Cup in Italy. Bailey aims to share his knowledge with the collegiate and club teams of his region at practices and tournaments in order to increase the talent and number of snitch volunteers over the current and upcoming seasons. On the weekends he enjoys a snitch-wich and a cold glass of butterbeer.
Michael Tucci was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and graduated from Stafford Senior High School. He served in the United States Navy as a Submarine SONAR Technician for two decades. Upon retirement from the US Navy, Tucci worked as a teacher for five years before returning to work for the submarine community; this time at a defense contractor, Progeny Systems Corporation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Regent University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. While attending VCU he played as a chaser on the VCU Wizengamot quidditch team for two years.
Miles Travis has been involved with the sport of quidditch since 2016 as a member of the inaugural League City Legends team. The following year he had the opportunity to play on the Houston Cosmos club team during his freshman year of college at Texas A&M Galveston. Travis transferred to Texas A&M for the start of the 2017/18 school year and has been on the A&M team for the past three years. Throughout those three years he has had the opportunity to serve the team as an officer and president. His time thus far in this sport Travis has seen, been a part of, and experienced many things which he hopes will be great experiences to pull from as he begins to help with projects on the referee team.
Colby Chen began playing quidditch in 2019 as a freshman at Rutgers University. In his short time in quidditch, he has gotten involved by being a referee and in spring of 2020, was elected president of Rutgers University Quidditch. He is excited to further his involvement in quidditch as a part of the USQ team!
Born and raised in California then a Chicago transplant, Lexi Bedell first started playing quidditch for the Illinois State Firebirds in 2015. She then became president and tournament director (TD) the next season as well as helping TD post-graduation. After graduation, she moved to Kansas for graduate school where she managed MLQ's Kansas City Stampede in 2018. She then took a break from quidditch and finished her Masters at Kansas State in Children's Literature. Now, she is in Boston to attend Simmons for another Masters in Library Science -Youth Services and hopes to play again. Outside of school and quidditch, Bedell has consistently been working with youth in daycares, park districts, ABA therapy, tutoring, and nannying.
Emmanuel Bustos started his quidditch journey in 2018 at Texas State University and has been a part of Bobcat Quidditch for the last two seasons. Over the last two years Bustos has learned a lot about the sport in both a playing and organizational capacity as a part of Team Mexico and as an officer at Texas State Quidditch. He has a passion for the advancement of the sport and is looking forward to helping accomplish that.
Luis Garcia is originally from Wichita, Kansas. He enjoys learning and reading about new things even the most mundane. More specifically, he enjoys reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut or Jorge Luis Borges. Garcia loves all sports but his favorite to watch is soccer. Garcia also enjoys wasting his time watching Netflix and is a graduate from MIT with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Rhianna Horner is a Florida native that has been a fan of quiddtich since community college. She played for the University of Central Florida during the 2016-2017 season as a beater before acting as support staff and team photographer till her graduation in 2019. Horner currently works as a children's photographer and enjoys DnD, illustration, and reading in her off time. She is so excited to join the USQ team and can't wait to serve players and fans!
Yingzhe Guo is currently a junior student at The Ohio State University, majoring in sport industry and communication. He has an enormous passion for social media and sport media and cannot wait to contribute his skills and energy to the USQ as a volunteer!
Elisabeth Bayer is currently in her junior year of college, double majoring in elementary education and special education at Ball State University. She is the oldest of seven siblings and originally from Florida, but now living in Indiana and has been for eight years! Some of her favorite things are being a part of Ball State's Marching Band, spending time with her friends, and watching the musical Newsies on repeat. Bayer joined Ball State's quidditch team last fall as a chaser. She loves quidditch because of the sense of community and camaraderie, and because it is such a fun sport to play. Bayer is so excited to bring these same opportunities to kids in her region!
I am a former player for the Syracuse Snares and the Silicon Valley Vipers. I also am a part of the Barcelos Knows Quidditch team as an assistant tournament director. During my time with the Silicon Valley Vipers I founded their development team, the Silicon Valley Venom, and wrote their youth quidditch curriculum. In my non-quidditch life I am an environmental educator. I currently work in homeschool enrichment and preschool. I am also working on my Masters of Teaching in the Biological Sciences with Project Dragonfly.
I started playing quidditch in 2012 with The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for four years. I then spent US Quidditch Cup 10, 11, and 12 playing and coaching with Texas Cavalry. I also spent two years as the assistant coach for the Austin Outlaws and one year as the head coach! I moved out to the Bay Area where I am currently the director of pediatric fitness and a sport performance coach for Precision Sport Science. I'm currently the head coach for The Lost Boys Quidditch Club!
Matt Melton picked up quidditch at the ripe young age of 28 and has spent the past five years making up for lost time. If he's not chasing or seeking for Boom Train or Indianapolis Intensity, you can usually find him reffing a game somewhere across the Midwest and Great Lakes. Off the pitch, Melton uses his two engineering degrees to redesign and produce quidditch equipment while moonlighting with USQ's gameplay and referee departments. He's looking forward to getting back on the pitch after nearly a year off from the pandemic and can't wait to two-armed tackle everyone.
If you have any questions about getting involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org.