Get out the vote! This year, four people will be elected to the USA Underwater Hockey Governing Committee. We hope all USA UWH members will participate in the election.
All current members will receive an “eBallot” to their email. Simply mark your votes and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 5, 2013. Include “USAUWH Election” in the subject line. Vote for four candidates only.
(To join USA Underwater Hockey, sign up at https://usauwh.com/member/newaccount.php ; If you have any questions about your account, email Wendy_Okafuji@usauwh.com)
You can also vote with a paper ballot: Download your ballot HERE
Then mail it, postmarked by November 5, 2013 to:
USOA Hockey Ballot
c/o Ray Tucker
PO Box 228
Rome, NY 13442
No USA UWH Governing Committee member (current or hopeful) will see any of the ballots.
If duplicate electronic and paper ballots are received, your paper ballot will be discarded and your electronic vote will be counted.
The candidates for the four open Governing Committee spots are:
Current Club: Phoenix, Ariz.
William Cleveland started playing underwater hockey with Atlanta’s Swordfish Team in 2010 while in grad school at Georgia Tech. He enthusiastically helped the leadership team with events such as ACCs and traveled to many tournaments. William has since moved away to Phoenix, where he has started a new underwater hockey club.
Outside of UWH, William works in Human Factors Engineering for Honeywell Aerospace.
William’s vision for the future of hockey includes:
(*) Transparency for the UWH committees and expenses
(*) Standardization for hockey events (e.g. hosting a tournament, starting a new club, etc)
Current Club: Colorado
Tyera Eulberg has been playing hockey for 12 years. During that time, she played at Worlds in Hungary (2013, captain) and UK (2006), and also led Team USA for the America’s Cup (2012) and the Colombia pre-America’s Cup (2010).
She was part of the original USAUWH Development Committee and has served two terms on the Governing Committee. One of her best accomplishments so far has been implementing an online system for membership registration and dues, with the addition of online waiver signatures *to come for 2014*.
Tyera is particularly interested in fostering high-level US hockey and Team USA participation on the international stage.
Current Club: San Diego, Calif.
Mallorie began playing underwater hockey in 2005 as an undergraduate student at Michigan State University. During her time there, she served as both president and treasurer of the Michigan State University club. In 2006 she worked with the executive board to establish UWH as a registered club sport, and throughout her time she organized and ran annual tournaments and rookie clinics. Since 2010, when she became a graduate student at the University of California San Diego, she has played with the San Diego club, and currently serves on that governing board. Over the past summer, she’s worked with the current SD governing board to host regional practices between San Diego, Los Angeles, and the developing Phoenix, AZ team—something she encourages groups of neighboring clubs to consider!
Mallorie’s leadership experience, on both a college team and an established local club team, gives her insights into the unique (and shared) issues that affect these different types of clubs. She is encouraged by the number of new clubs starting all across the country, and believes that one of the best ways to continue ensuring the expansion of UWH at all levels is to support our early recruitment tools: high school and college teams. She is excited about the current discussions surrounding the future of UWH at the national level, and would like the opportunity to use her knowledge and experience to help the governing committee further the discussion throughout the UWH community, and to ultimately improve our sport at all levels.
Current Club: Pittsburgh, Penn.
Brian first started playing underwater hockey his freshman year in 2006 at the University of Illinois and was immediately hooked. Forced to a hiatus from a broken ankle, he started playing again in 2008 to 2011 for UIUC until graduation. He now currently attends graduate school in Pittsburgh and plays with the Pittsburgh Stingrays. Underwater hockey has become a integral part of his life as he plans to try out for the National team for the next World-level tournament.
Brian wishes to develop the US UWH scene by improving the USA National Team across the entire spectrum from U19 to Masters. He hopes to see the revival of a Master’s team as well as U19/23 team to represent the USA in the world scene, as well as providing additional support to the current Men and Women’s Elite teams. In turn, World players are required to provide skills clinics at their respective home and neighboring clubs.
Current Club: University of Illinois
Matt started playing hockey in 2010 at the University of Illinois and has been hooked ever since, playing in far too many tournaments for a humble graduate student. He now plays on the club team in Seattle and believes that his experience on both a college team and a club team has given him valuable perspective on the different team environments. As the hockey community in the US grows, Matt is keenly interested in helping to guide the effort to support new clubs as well as working with more established clubs to retain current players and attract new hockey fanatics. If elected, he hopes to apply his boundless enthusiasm for hockey to make significant strides towards raising the profile of underwater hockey not only as a quirky hobby but also as a competitive sport.
Current Club: Atlanta, Ga.
Andrei Savu has been highly involved with hockey since 2008. He has helped to start a club as well as served on the Governing Committee for the past two years. Andrei would like to see a lot of change in how we pursue developing the sport with respect to recruitment and overall level of play, as he believes these are two critical steps in the future of the sport. He would also like to see more reinvestment of membership fees in order to develop clubs, infrastructure, and players.