As part of ongoing efforts to enhance collegiate quidditch programs, the USNT has selected the next additions to the second class of the USNT Development Academy (USNTDA).
US National Team (USNT) staff has selected the newest members of the next US National Team Developmental Academy (USNTDA) class based on applications and input from scouts across the U.S.
“We’re ecstatic to continue to build the USNT Developmental Academy and add some phenomenal players to our roster,” said USNTDA Head Coach Azeem Hussain. “The players are itching to get back onto the pitch and bring back to their college programs the knowledge and skills they pick up here. Everyone seems to be on the same page when it comes to having a growth mindset, and I’m excited to help mold these players into the next generation of stars representing the USNT!”
Hussain felt that these players were standout performers within their college programs as well as in direct competition with club players during the Major League Quidditch (MLQ) season and other competitions he saw on film and via scouting reports from the 2019-20 season. They each displayed a high degree of composure both on and off the pitch and a high ceiling for growth that can be developed alongside the USNT.
As previously announced, the USNT has delayed their next round of drop/adds due to the pandemic. However, program staff saw little to no risk in adding new players to the developmental academy. More info on how to apply for the USNT and USNTDA can be found here. A dedicated USNTDA page is coming soon with more info on the program.
In alphabetical order, below is the current USNTDA class.
Joshua Johnson | Texas Quidditch
Kobe Kendall* | Anteater Quidditch
Eleanor Lisec* | RPI Quidditch
Allyson Manzella | Columbia College Chicago Quidditch
Serena Monteiro* | Tufts Quidditch
Sena Morimoto | Creighton Quidditch
Darian Murcek-Ellis | Creighton Quidditch
Carlos Prado | UTSA Club Quidditch
Ian Scura* | Middlebury Quidditch
John Sheridan* | Maryland Quidditch
Andrew Steinberg | Brown Club Quidditch
Caroline Tao | Texas Quidditch
Jack Wang | Texas Quidditch
Daniel Williams* | UTSA Club Quidditch
Tyler Zreet | UTSA Club Quidditch
Regional requirements do not apply to the USNTDA. However, athletes selected met the following minimum requirements:
The USNTDA class will participate in quarterly film and strategy sessions led by Hussain via Zoom. Once normal operations resume, they will also be invited to attend all training camps hosted by the USNT, culminating with the week-long USNT Training Camp expected for next summer. At the summer training camp, they will work closely with Hussain, USNT Head Coach Michael “Yada” Parada, assistant coaches Ethan Sturm and Jackson Johnson, and coordinator Amanda Dallas. During the camp, the USNTDA will participate in scrimmages and drills both separate and alongside the USNT.
Members of the USNTDA will not only gain valuable insight into the expectations of what it takes to be a USNT player but also strategic knowledge they can bring back to their local community.
“Having only played a little under two years of quidditch now (less really because of COVID), I am honored to be a part of the next USNTDA class. I am most looking forward to being able to further develop and grow my skills and knowledge, while also being surrounded by the best quidditch athletes in the world,” said Caroline Tao, USNTDA athlete. “ I’m excited to learn from players outside of the Southwest and from more experienced players. At the same time, I am looking forward to being able to translate anything I learn from the DA to Texas Quidditch. Can’t wait to play alongside some of the greatest!”