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Having announced a core of five players early this week, the San Francisco Dogfish announced the return of two additional veterans for the 2016 season.

The Dogfish announced today that veterans James Sheridan and Thomas Pineda have re-signed for the 2016 season.

Sheridan (5’9″, 160lbs) is back for his third season with the Dogfish.  During his rookie in 2014, Sheridan saw limited action, playing  just 41 points all season, recording 2 blocks and completing 3 of his 5 throws.   In 2015, Sheridan saw significantly more time on the field, playing 80 points as he recorded 8 goals, 3 assists and 3 blocks and completing 92% of his throws (23 of 25), becoming one of the teams most reliable cutters.

A product of the Carleton College’s Gods of Plastic Ultimate Team, Sheridan won two Division-III College Championships in 2008 and 2009.  After college, Sheridan moved to the Bay Area, joining the American BBQ mixed club team, making appearances at Club Mixed National Championships in 2012 and 2014.  Joining the Dogfish marks Sheridan’s return to Open Ultimate.

Aside from being an accomplished player, Sheridan is a highly regarded ultimate coach. He coached the Berkeley High School Ultimate Team to consecutive California State Championships in 2013 and 2014, and won California’s Coach of the Year award in 2013.

Pineda (6’0″, 170lbs) barely scratched the surface of his professional career in 2015, playing only 34 points in his rookie campaign with the Dogfish.  In limited action, primarily on the D-line, Pineda performed well, scoring 3 goals to go along with an assist and 2 blocks.

After learning to play in middle school, Pineda played at UC Santa Cruz from 2004-2006, making it to regionals in Vancouver in his final year with the Slugs. While living in Seoul, South Korea, Pineda played for the club team #LGW, winning the Korean National Championship in 2013.  During his time abroad, Pineda played in several international tournaments with #LGW including Jeju Dirty Dozens, Manila Spirits, AOUCC, Hong Kong Pan-Asian and Korean Nationals.

Since returning to the Bay Area, Pineda has played for the Dinobots and BW Ultimate club teams.  With a year of professional ultimate under his belt, Pineda looks to build on his experiences from 2015 and help the Dogfish get back to the playoffs in the upcoming season.

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