Following the departure of Chris Sherwood last week, the San Francisco Dogfish announced they have selected Rusty May as the team’s new general manager.
For the past two years, May has served as the Dogfish operations manager, ensuring that things ran smoothly behind the scenes and exploring new ways to boost the team’s visibility in the community. Now he will take a more public role in the running of the team.
“I’m excited and a bit nervous. I love the MLU and the Dogfish, but Woody [Sherwood] left some pretty big shoes to fill,” said May.
As part of the management team since early 2013, May has been a dedicated supporter of the Dogfish and passionate advocate of ultimate both locally and abroad. He’s not a player himself, but feels it’s a testament to the ultimate community how readily he’s been accepted.
“I’m overwhelmed with how the ultimate frisbee community has opened itself to me and I want to do everything I can to help our sport grow and help our guys achieve their goals, both on and off the field,” said May.
May has already identified some goals for next season that he’ll be working on with his characteristic determination. In addition to finding a new home stadium, May looks to continue working with the San Francisco community.
“We need to reach out to schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations in our community and build mutually beneficial partnerships that will help the Dogfish and the sport of ultimate grow,” said May. “[I will also] surround myself with people who are a lot smarter than I am and find 25 players who are committed to the MLU, the Dogfish and to being true professionals, both on and off the field.”