#6 Jonathan Neeley – 2016 Handler

Height: 5-11 2016_bio_jonathan_neeley
Age: 28
College: University of Virginia
Hometown: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Club: Floodwall, Axis of C’Ville, Virginia Squires, Truck Stop
Pump-Up: The Relevant by Kendrick Lamar
Bio: Jonathan Neeley learned to throw at the Northwest School in Seattle, then fell in love with the game at the University of Virginia. Playing for Night Train showed him just how much ultimate mirrors life, and vice versa. His first club team was Floodwall of Richmond, and after two seasons with them Jonathan played a year with Axis of C’Ville. He helped start the Virginia Squires the next year. After that season, Neeley moved up to DC and started playing for Truck Stop, and he’s been here since — and getting better with his teammates here is what he’s about.

He’s done a lot of coaching, including in Panama, Mexico, Amsterdam, and Albemarle County. He’s also written a lot about ultimate, the highlight being his time as the team reporter for the US National Team at the 2013 World Games in Colombia. If he’s playing and looks happy, the reason is somewhere in the people who gave him all these experiences. Here’s what he has to say about one of them: “Cranston can’t read. Sad? Sure. But he doesn’t know I told you.”

Jonathan was also a member of the 2014 Breeze team, but was injured just prior to the start of the season and was unable to return until the playoffs. Welcome back, Neeley!