Across the Atlantic, Rusty May found his calling, and it’s led him to the San Francisco Dogfish.

As a volunteer at the 2011 World Championships, while overseeing a game between Germany and Ireland, “I was blown away when the German squad presented with a speaker on wheels and commenced to play each nation’s National Anthem before the match,” May said. “It was at that moment that I pledged that I would do whatever I could to help this amazing sport thrive and to be a part of this incredible community of athletes.”

May will take over as the Dogfish’s Operations Manager for the 2013 season. He plans on helping to take Ultimate to the next level.

“We couldn’t be happier to have signed Rusty to help run this operation,” says Chris Sherwood, GM of the Dogfish. “He is an incredibly motivated individual with a broad range of experience. Being relatively new to the sport also gives him a usefully different perspective.”

Living in Mill Valley, California, May works as a school counselor, as well as a basketball coach.

After learning the game of Ultimate, “I immediately saw the value of this sport in teaching social skills and life lessons to young people,” May said.

May looks forward to the day when Ultimate is the game of choice in schools around the world, and he believes that the MLU has an important part in that process.

“I believe that Ultimate is going to be a viable professional sport and I’m so impressed with what MLU has created,” May said. “I’m here because of the spirit of the game and because this is what sport is supposed to be.”

In addition to his job as a counselor, May also makes daily educational videos for classrooms in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

But San Francisco becomes his focus now, as he and the Dogfish look towards the season opener on April 20 against the Portland Stags.

Suffice it to say, May’s expectations for the season are high.

“I expect this season to be about three things,” May said, “great chemistry, great community and great camaraderie.”

About The Author

John Phillips was born and raised in Philadelphia, and couldn’t help but be consumed by the rabid sports culture in the city. He began playing Ultimate in 10th grade, and hasn’t looked back since. He dreams of a day when people are as energetic about the Spinners as they are the Flyers or Sixers.

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