The San Francisco Dogfish announced that Jason Seidler has joined the team as Head Coach for 2016.
The San Francisco Dogfish announced today that Jason Seidler will be the team’s Head Coach for the 2016 MLU Season. Now in his 28th year playing, captaining and/or coaching ultimate, Seidler brings a wealth of experience to the Dogfish, who are looking to reclaim their winning ways after two disappointing seasons. Seidler’s playing résumé includes two College National Championships, two Club National Championships as well as a Bronze, Silver and Gold medal in three World Championships.
During his long career in ultimate, Seidler has accrued “vast insight into offenses, defense and strategies that have helped [him] gain a competitive advantage” which he will bring to his post coaching the Dogfish.
Playing since an early age, Seidler attended University of California, Santa Barbara, eventually captaining their team, Black Tide. After college, Coach Seidler went on to play for and captain the Santa Barbara Condors club team for 12 years. After a move back home to his native South Bay Area, Seidler joined an upstart club, Kaos from Santa Cruz , before finishing his Open Club career with San Francisco Revolver.
After a brief hiatus following the birth of his son, Seidler came back to ultimate full-time in 2010 to take a stab at forming, captaining and coaching a competitive local mixed team named American BBQ. Seidler considers “building and playing with American BBQ… [as] one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of [his] life.”
Seidler’s commitment to ultimate has not been limited to playing and coaching. An active member of the greater ultimate community, Seidler has dedicated his time and talents to helping to found the Bay Area Disc Association (BADA) as well as serving on the board of Ultimate Peace.
“My philosophy of coaching Dogfish involves taking an extremely positive approach to mentoring each individual, teaching rock-solid fundamental skills, working harder than everyone else, incorporating modern workout technology and utilizing cutting edge mental training.” said Seidler “Our goal will be to become an extremely confident team of brothers with unbreakable bonds who support each other unconditionally as we learn to become champions on and off the field.”
As Seidler continues to build his 2016 roster, he wanted to emphasis that the “Dogfish are currently looking for exceptional players with mad disc skills who are willing to do whatever it takes to help their team win.” With Seidler’s winning pedigree and extensive ultimate experience, the Dogfish may be knocking on the door of the Western Conference playoffs before very long at all.