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San Francisco announced on Thursday that after two seasons as general manager, Chris Sherwood will step down due to personal reasons.
Sherwood joined the Dogfish management team in early 2013. He was instrumental in choosing the staff and helping select the players that led the Dogfish to a Western Conference title in their first season.
True to his Bay Area surroundings, Sherwood adopted a start-up mentality for running the team, holding regular staff meetings in his home and encouraging everyone to pitch-in wherever they could in order to provide the fans with the best possible experience.
“I am honored to have been part of bringing the first professional ultimate team to the Bay Area,” said Sherwood. “The support of the Dogfish players, staff and fans is what truly made working for the team a labor of love.”
Another area of interest to Sherwood was cultivating ultimate in the community. The Dogfish hosted several youth clinics that drew enthusiastic participation and promotions to bring students to games. Home games were also a draw for local ultimate players, who unfailingly attended to rally the Dogfish and other fans around them. It was that kind of collective attitude that Sherwood appreciated and promoted to build a committed Dogfish community.
Despite changes in personnel and a rebuilding of the team in season two, Sherwood remains confident about the team’s future success.
“I am looking forward to the future for the Dogfish and the MLU,” he said. “There are lots of great things coming to benefit the ultimate community, fans and future fans alike.”
The Dogfish are expected to look within their core staff for a replacement for Sherwood.