Class of 2017 - Contributor

Mark Licata

Mark Licata

Hometown: Ashland, VA

Born: August 20, 1960
Died: May 18, 2014 (Age 53)

Career Information

College

1986-1990

Club

1986-1989
1990-1992
1997

Masters

1993

In his long career of service to the community and sport of ultimate, Mark has made many contributions, all in volunteer roles. He has served as a Sectional Coordinator, Regional Coordinator, Tournament Director, UPA Managing Director, Director of Competition, and Board of Directors member. However, Mark’s greatest contribution was as the Disc Standards tsar. With his engineering background, Mark was able to bring a scientific approach to the ultimate community in understanding how the plastic they played with affected the disc, such a crucial item for the sport. It was his work that demonstrated the reason for the deterioration in the Wham-O discs that led to the decision for the UPA to adopt the Discraft UltraStar in 1991 as the official disc. He served as the UPA/USAU Disc Standards Chairperson from 1994-2011 and developed the standards in the late 1990s to ensure that discs from other manufacturers could be tested properly to see if they met the standards for use by the ultimate community. He remained active in ultimate until his untimely death in May 2014.

Contributions & Service

  • 1995-1999: Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society - Co-Founder (member #2)
  • 1986-1990: UPA PA/DE Sectional Coordinator
  • 1989: "Mall" Site coordinator (UPA Nationals)
  • 1991: UPA Managing Director
  • 1991: UPA SoCal Sectional Coordinator
  • 1991-1993: UPA Board of Directors
  • 1992-1993: UPA Director of Competition
  • 1994-2011: UPA Disc Standards Chairperson
  • 1999: UPA NC Coed Sectional Coordinator
  • 2000-2002: UPA Mid Atlantic Coed Regional Coordinator
  • 2002-2004: Greater Richmond Ultimate League TD
  • 2006: Virginia State HS Championship TD
  • 2006-2014: St. Christopher’s School Ultimate Coach