Dave started playing broomball in high school – both at pickup games with friends and out at Fletcher’s with his dad’s team. His first taste of indoor broomball was a couple of years later in college (2005 rec-sport champs!). He got pulled into this whole USBA thing by Jessi McGehee as things got started and was immediately on-board with the idea of a broomball specific organization that was focused on growing the sport nation-wide. Having played in Chicago (and being unable to play for a winter while in San Francisco), he knew that he wanted to help expand the footprint of broomball across the country so that more people can play the game where ever they may live. Right now Dave is back in Minneapolis excited for Broomball to restart after the shutdown of the last few months. He usually plays with Red Rock for open, subs on a few teams for outdoor games, and is accepting offers of beer to get him to join a mixed team.
Shannon (Obey1) started playing Broomball in 2013 in a Boston social sports league and started playing full ice leagues in 2015. She is on the BOD of Boston Broomball and got involved as a founding member of USBA, serving as Vice President, through Matt Street’s constant phone calls and incessant nagging. Shannon lives in Boston and currently plays wing for Midnight Riders, MWBP, and Beast Coast.
AJ runs Charm City Broomball in Baltimore, MD, and he plays for the Roadrunners Co-Rec and Top Shelf Men’s travel teams.
He stumbled on to broomball in 2012 when a flag football teammate invited him to play. What once was a hobby has become a passion. He got involved with the United States Broomball Association after receiving an unexpected invitation to a Zoom meeting from Matt Street, which evolved into what is now known as the USBA. AJ wanted to be an active board member to help further the growth of the sport.
Jessi began playing broomball in outdoor leagues about 11 years go as a goalie. After a knee surgery or two, Jessi decided maybe broomball wasn’t an essential part of life and took some time off. Then about eight years ago a sudden request to play goalie with the Cold Chalupas of Rochester, MN presented itself. Jessi responded to help and showed up to find it was the Minnesota state tournament, making that the first indoor broomball on her resume. After that, Jessi was hooked and began to play almost daily in winter, and some during the offseason. Jessi has sought out opportunities to help further the game volunteering with Broomball Central, as a goalie coach and the manager of Red Rock Broomball Club. When it seemed that national broomball was in need of leadership and structure Jessi was the first to reach out and begin the “Nationalize Broomball” initiative and engage BBC and other parties. BBC was able to provide the national network and additional hard-working individuals to further the initiative and thus the birth of United States Broomball Association (USBA).
Today Jessi serves as the Secretary on the board of directors of USBA. Jessi plays 0pen division broomball primarily with Red Rock, mixed division with the Cold Chalupas, as well as subbing and playing pick up with a number of organizations and clubs.
Jacob was introduced to broomball on the outdoor rinks of Bethel University’s intramural program in St. Paul, MN. After college, he was spotted in a recreational league by a member of USA Red and asked to try out for the team. A few months later, he helped USA Red defeat USA Blue in the 2002 USA Broomball National Championships. Later that year, he led USA Red to victory at the IFBA World Broomball Championships, defeating the Quebec Titans in double overtime of the gold medal game. Jacob finished as the tournament’s leading scorer and was named MVP of the tourney, a first for an American man in the men’s division of Worlds.
Over the years, Jacob has donned the jerseys of USA Red, Inferno, Geez, as well as his current squad, Kelly Lake. Personal highlights include the aforementioned IFBA World Championship, a Canada Cup title, a Saskatoon Gold Broom, an International Championship, 2 Syracuse Can-Ams, and several USA Nationals, North Americans, and Minnesota State Championships. In 2013, while residing in Quebec for work, Jacob joined up with The Pogos out of Montreal, winning their provincials and finishing third place at Canadian Nationals. He is the first and only American to play in both the American and Canadian National Championships. In 2020, Jacob was nominated to the USA Broomball Hall of Fame.
Jacob appreciates all the volunteers who have served to promote broomball for many years. He is joining the USBA board to continue their efforts and give others the opportunity to enjoy the sport.
Paul has been playing broomball since his freshman year of college (2004). A visit to the Nebraska-Lincoln campus from USA Broomball inspired him to get a team together for the 2009 National Championships. Later that year, he would help form the University of Nebraska Club team, which is still in existence today. After graduation, Paul moved to Washington, DC where hewas just as excited to play broomball in a league as he was to start my career in weather. As one to never stand by and simply watch, his roles in the league and program grew over the years. From player, to statistician, to highlight guy, to referee, and eventually commissioner. He has since moved from DC, but picked up in about the same spot with the Omaha program.
Paul looks forward to being on the USBA Board of Directors to help make the next steps for the organization to keep growing the game. As someone who has helped lead two different programs, he understandsthe difficulties smaller programs go through to maintain their player base and grow the game at the local level. Look for Paul to devise strategies to aid smaller programs that are struggling to keep afloat. Additionally, he’s excited to help USBA organize the best national championships that draw interest from the top programs in the country, and offer a level of competitiveness to the more casual programs.
Stephanie “Pop” Popovich began her broomball career playing outdoor in the mid 90’s in St. Paul, MN. She started playing indoor at Augsburg ice arena in 2004 and currently manages and captains the Lumberjacks women’s team. She also is the co-captain of the Terminal Frost co-rec team. Steph started competing in IFBA tournaments in 2010 and has played in multiple local, state, and national tournaments.
She is a founding and current board member of the Minnesota Women’s Broomball Program “MWBP” and continues to participate as a player within that organization as well. She is passionate about the growth and future of broomball which drove her to accept a position on the USBA Board of Directors.
Jen Revels started playing broomball outdoor in the University of Minnesota intramural league, immediately fell in love with the sport, and sought out a way to play as much as possible. She joined two teams and still plays to this day in the infamous “Lord Fletcher’s” league (Yes, they still play with a volleyball “out” there) In 1998, she connected with some female indoor players and started playing with the MN Flames women’s contingent. In 2005 she began playing with Tracy’s Saloon and quickly moved into a management and recruiting role and is still playing with them to this day. Through the years, Jen has played with and managed several co-rec teams and in 2016 was inducted into the USA Broomball Hall of Fame. She is a founding member and player with both the MN Selects and the Minnesota Women’s Broomball Program (MWBP). She is a current member of the MWBP board of directors.
Her passion for playing broomball, competing, and recruiting is obvious. Her interest in the broader broomball perspective and growth locally, state and worldwide is the reason she has taken a leadership role as a board member for the USBA. We are happy to have her as a part of this effort. She is as humble as they come, would have a letter jacket with more bars then could fit and if asked, will listen and talk your ear off about anything broomball.
Miami University is a spectacular educational institution. Beyond what Beth gained from classes was the ever-important introduction to broomball which remains part of her life 27 years later.
Beth’s post-Miami journey continued with half-ice games at Patterson Park in Baltimore, MD all the way to creating the Baltimore Broomball Club which she has owned and operated since 2007.
What drives Beth’s love of the game is bringing people of all skill levels together to create a community of fun, friendship, and competition. The USBA was a natural fit for Beth to broaden her work in the community as she has supported the growth of broomball across the country through the years.
Beth was inducted into the USA Broomball Hall of Fame as an Ambassador in 2010 and as a player in 2020.
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