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!
College – Cal Poly SLO, Las Positas, San Francisco State University
Open – YR, Frisbee Football Allstars
Mixed – BW, Absolute Zero, Up Dog
Masters – Beyondors
Santa Clara University Rage (college women’s team)
South Bay Director for Bay Area Disc Association running clinics and leagues (adult).
Absolute Zero (mixed)
Bay Area Disc summer camps (youth)
Growing up, I was always playing sports, mostly soccer and baseball. However, when I went to college, I was looking for something new and my older sister (who had played for 4 years at another college) recommended that I play frisbee. Being incredibly stubborn, I made the biggest mistake of my life and absolutely refused to consider it. During the summer between my freshman and sophomore years, I visited her, and she took me to a beach throwing session with her friends. I was instantly hooked on the sport and knew it was for me. That was in 2002, and since then I have lived and breathed the sport at all levels, including being a league organizer, AUDL referee, club player, as well as coaching at the club level and at youth camps. I enjoy teaching frisbee to the youth, not only focusing on the physical aspects of the game, but as well as the social emotional learning that comes along with the sport. It is fun to watch the players develop as people and learn how to interact with each other in a sport that has no referees.
Megan "Mego" Vanderhooft
Teams played for:
Lexington High School Hucking Fooligans (open), Boston College Flix (women’s), Boston Darkwing (mixed), Denver Sweet Action (mixed)
Youth clinics in Lexington, MA, Boston College Flix A + B team, AYU!
Mego started playing ultimate in high school at the encouragement of her friends on the ultimate team after quitting soccer. Surrounded by some amazing east coast ultimate talent who would go on to college nationals and to captain elite club teams, she fell in love with the spirit and competition of the sport and was mentored by some amazing players. After years of soccer, she transitioned to a role as a cutter for the last year of high school and her first year at college. She has since moved into a handler role at the college and club level. Mego is passionate about the spirit of ultimate, inclusivity and healthy competition, as well as great communication and mindfulness on and off the field. She hopes to bring that to coaching by emphasizing kindness, honesty and communication within the community!