Photo by Sean Carpenter – UltiPhotos.com
Evan Boucher proved himself to be a force the moment he stepped on the field in the San Francisco Dogfish inaugural season. His future in Ultimate looks to be as sunny as his profession.
Evan Boucher’s introduction to disc didn’t come on the field, it came on the course. Disc golf course, that is. He’d been playing for three years before discovering Ultimate in his sophomore year of high school. Since then, it seems he’s never looked back.
Boucher played Ultimate at the University of Louisville in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. He moved on to the open club scene and played a season in another pro league, giving him an edge playing with referees and in front of a crowd in his first MLU season. Last year he played with Revolver, the San Francisco team that won the club national championship. With elite club-level and pro experience under his belt, Boucher doesn’t lose sight of “valuing the importance of respecting your opponent and self” when he plays.
Last season, Dogfish Coach Justin Safdie named Boucher the team’s Most Valuable Player. Despite missing a few games due to injury, Boucher, a cutter on offense, scored 14 goals for the Dogfish, had 18 assists and a 90% throwing completion rate.
“It was an honor to be given team MVP with the names that were on the roster last year,” said Boucher. “I owe a shout-out to the Team USA players who deserved the award, but had prior commitments throughout the season.”
But Boucher’s not about to rest on his laurels. “My personal goal for the second season with the Dogfish is to match the team level of play from the 2013 season.”
With a largely new crew, some might wonder whether the Dogfish can travel the same road to the championships. Anyone who’s spent time around this year’s squad, however, can feel the focused energy. For his part, Boucher feels confident in the commitment of his fellow players.
“Last year the team was centered around all-star players who treated the inaugural season as an experiment,” he said. “This year, the players are more passionate about the opportunity to represent Ultimate.”
In addition to his two disc sports, Boucher stays active with soccer, basketball, tennis and “exploring the great outdoors.” Rumor has it he’s also a fine dancer, but you won’t find this MVP training for a stint on Dancing with the Stars.
Boucher has been working in the solar industry for the past three years. He is currently a test engineer at Zep Solar, a Marin-based company that’s working to revolutionize the form and function of solar energy systems.
In a recent interview with the MLU, Boucher said he loved San Francisco for the opportunities. On and off the field he seems to be taking full advantage. Fans are surely in store for an exciting season. After all, he says his personal motto is, “Adventure is out there.”