Coaching: Cal-Tech (college), Colorado Wildfire (women’s), AYU Summer Camp (youth)
About me: Since I started a “frisbee” club in high school based on the “rules” in a Wham-O box, Ultimate has been a passion for me. At the time, most players weren’t introduced to the game until college or beyond, and it is thrilling for me to watch younger players get the opportunity to learn this sport much earlier than my generation did. Over 25 years of playing, Ultimate encouraged me to reach my athletic potential, taught me to balance success with sportsmanship, helped create decades-old social bonds, and pushed me to visit new places. What other experience is as rewarding at 10 years old as it is at 40… and beyond?
I am a long time player and educator who has been coaching ultimate for about 7 seasons. Most recently, I’ve coached the D’Evelyn High School Boys and Mixed Teams, and I am very excited to launch a ladies ultimate program this spring. My coaching philosophy is steeped in mindfulness, spirit of the game, and hard-work. Player development doesn’t happen in a vacuum, so adding depth and context to every aspect of the game is a major focus for me. Ultimate has given me so much on and off the field, I consider it an honor to give back to the community. There is no better way to learn, or teach, ultimate than these week-long immersive camps. I coach ultimate because I love it, and I truly consider these camps to be the perfect way to spend my summer!
ZACHARY A. TRENDELMAN
Teams Played for: Eastern Illinois Reapers [before official], Spikes Peak (mixed), Syndicate (Open), High Mileage (Open Masters).
Coaching Experience: CIVA Charter School, Coronado High School
Zac has a long history of coaching a variety of sports over the past two decades. As a Math Teacher, he has had the opportunity to coach in several different sports. His history as a competitive swimmer in High School and College and heavy involvement in education gives him a unique perspective in coaching Ultimate. Zac is extremely passionate about Ultimate and eager to share multifaceted experiences with the youth of the game. The sport of Ultimate promotes team chemistry and respect for others like no other. These skills translate so easily to real-life skills, learn how to build up the people around you, and just ride the momentum!
Playing experience: Missoula Zoo (mixed), Concordia College Valhalla (open), Force Collins (mixed), Shame. (mixed), Trainwreck (women’s).
Coaching experience: Preston Middle School (Fort Collins), Fossil Ridge High school (Fort Collins), City of Fort Collins Youth Rec League, and Youth director for Fort Collins Ultimate.
Miranda’s ultimate career is a product of grass-roots efforts in Missoula, Montana- local club players partnered with schools to get teens playing ultimate after school. Since becoming a French teacher, Miranda has sought to start up similar ultimate programs in every school she has worked at. She coached the Fossil Ridge Phantoms when they won in the spirit division at their first tournament and has brought Preston Middle School to the CO state championships for the last 3 years, including in Fall 2018 when they brought 2 teams and took 1st place, 3rd place and the Spirit Award at the tournament. In her coaching, Miranda emphasizes the joy of playing over winning, sportsmanship over scoring points, and a positive attitude over perfection. Her dream is to establish a robust youth ultimate presence in Fort Collins!