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New Owners, New Future For Nashville NightWatch In 2018

November 2, 2017


The Nashville NightWatch will begin the 2018 season with a new ownership. David Trett and Luke Rodgers have bought the franchise from the previous ownership group, and are looking forward to bringing a revitalized NightWatch franchise to the buzzing professional sports scene in Nashville.

Top 10 plays from the 2017 Nashville NightWatch.


“Luke and I are honored to be the new owners,” said Trett, a former NightWatch player who recorded six assists and 12 goals as a pro in 2015. The NightWatch played their inaugural season in 2015, finishing with a 2-12 record in the South Division. Though the team has struggled to earn just three wins in two seasons since, both the front office and players are eager to change the team’s identity entering their fourth season.


“This is a new era for the Nashville Nightwatch,” Trett said. “We are proud to be leading this team into the future.”


The NightWatch organization are active leaders, organizers, and members of the Nashville ultimate community, and are helping cultivate a burgeoning sports scene. The team has had active ties with the local organizing body Nashville Ultimate Machine since the NightWatch’s inception, working to develop young players in all divisions of play through clinics and other outreach efforts. The NightWatch are also the first team to select a women to their opening day roster in AUDL history, as Jesse Shofner became the first woman to score a goal in professional ultimate on April 1, 2017.

Nashville's Jesse Shofner became the first woman to score a goal in professional ultimate history.


“We are really excited to welcome David and Luke into the AUDL family,” said AUDL Commissioner Steve Gordon. “Both of them have a passion for sports and have shown the ability to build successful businesses. We’d also like to thank Garrett Bruce and the rest of the previous ownership group for their hard work the past three seasons.”


Trett is a local business owner in the Nashville community who runs The Red Bicycle coffee shop. Rodgers is an entrepreneur, executive director of Project Spartacus, co-owner of an event marketing and PR firm, and co-host of the massively popular podcast, Sports Related.


The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is the premier professional ultimate frisbee league in the United States and Canada. The fastest growing sport and professional league on the continent, the AUDL is broadcast live weekly on AUDL.TV/Live throughout the summer months, showcasing the best athletes in the sport to an international audience. During the 2018 season, each of the league’s 24 teams will play 14 regular-season games to determine which is eligible for the playoffs.

Photo: Patrick Baylis, San Francisco FlameThrowers

2017 Golden Hands Team

October 27, 2017


When it comes to keeping possession, these guys were the true professionals. 44 AUDL players—including five players earning their second straight honors—qualified for the Golden Hands Team in 2017, accounting for 9,282 cumulative touches without a single drop.

Touches Name Team Assists Goals Completions (%) Points Played
517 Jonathan Nethercutt 71 13 468 (94.35%) 295
459 Lloyd Blake 28 15 420 (95.89%) 273
403 Max Thorne 41 29 351 (94.35%) 241
376 Austin Lien 7 4 347 (94.29%) 141
359 Kyle Stapleton 16 8 340 (97.42%) 267
346 Eli Friedman 28 18 315 (96.63%) 183
335 John Randolph 16 19 300 (95.24%) 268
306 Patrick Baylis 21 10 280 (95.24%) 275
303 Adam Simon 20 9 274 (94.16%) 170
286 Dan Donovan 20 5 257 (92.78%) 149
286 Jason Best 12 7 252 (91.97%) 246
285 Sean Keegan 30 7 252 (90.97%) 157
282 Nate Ransom 13 8 261 (95.26%) 157
275 Allen Lai 9 2 262 (97.40%) 127
264 Kyle Cox 17 9 219 (88.31%) 226
248 Dylan Tunnell 28 12 216 (92.31%) 134
233 Mitchell Steiner 19 6 213 (94.67%) 297
206 Chris Kocher 18 4 192 (96.97%) 119
199 Logan Pruess 15 10 170 (91.40%) 244
192 Tommy Gallagher 7 4 176 (95.14%) 106
174 Gabriel Monfette 13 6 149 (90.30%) 194
167 Eli Kerns 21 14 135 (89.40%) 153
153 Anson Reppermund 12 18 111 (84.73%) 296
151 Aubrey Davis 14 10 123 (87.23%) 155
151 Casey Hogg 6 12 133 (96.38%) 224
143 Tristan Green 20 2 123 (88.49%) 158
142 Drew Kim 11 6 126 (94.03%) 147
139 Justin Lim 11 18 107 (89.17%) 184
139 Matt Gallin 3 1 117 (87.97%) 110
137 James Yeager 7 0 125 (93.28%) 155
135 Mario O'Brien 7 1 129 (97.73%) 70
133 Rory Orloff 5 10 115 (94.26%) 203
129 Markham Shofner 11 12 108 (93.91%) 126
122 Jeremy Norden 20 1 101 (85.59%) 130
122 Zach Avello 11 29 83 (92.22%) 300
118 Samson Hoy 5 4 106 (93.81%) 99
116 Michael Fairley 5 13 96 (95.05%) 137
111 Ben Jagt 17 13 86 (89.58%) 226
111 Johnny Bansfield 11 12 81 (81.82%) 74
111 Andrew Carleton 2 3 104 (98.11%) 153
108 David Janssen 2 5 99 (97.06%) 100
105 David Hochhalter 11 3 85 (85.00%) 127
104 Chris Gibson 10 8 91 (96.81%) 197
101 Oak Nelson 5 9 87 (95.60%) 131

Minimum 100 touches required. All stats from 2017 regular season.


Members Who Also Made 2016 Team: Sean Keegan, New York Empire (693 total touches); Patrick Baylis, San Francisco FlameThrowers (539); Chris Kocher, New York Empire (341); Gabriel Monfette, Montreal Royal (289); David Janssen, Ottawa Outlaws (257)

Miranda Knowles Named Director Of Coaching For Atlanta Hustle

October 10, 2017


Today the Atlanta Hustle announced Miranda Knowles as Director of Coaching. She was promoted to the leadership role after serving as an Assistant Coach of the Hustle the previous three seasons.


The change is part of an overall coaching restructure. Extending beyond the traditional Head Coach position, Knowles will take an overarching leadership role while empowering player leadership. She will oversee team direction including coach and player personnel, team strategy, and player development.


“Going into my fourth year with the Hustle, I'm really looking forward to taking a role with a more direct impact on the vision and direction of the team. The team has already grown so much and I've loved seeing players mature into on-field game-changers and leaders. Moving forward, I'm excited to work with the owners and player leadership to make sure this a great place to experience ultimate, for players and fans.,” said Miranda Knowles.


Knowles began her playing career in high school with Paideia HS in the late nineties, playing with Atlanta Fetch, and winning Gold with the 2000 Team USA junior national team. Her college playing career included Carleton and Washington while also participating with Club teams Atlanta Ozone, Minnesota Bait, and Seattle Riot. Her decorated playing career includes Silver at 2002 Club Worlds with Ozone, national champion in 2004 and 2005 and Bronze at Club Worlds in 2010 with Riot, Gold with Team USA at Worlds in 2005, China national champion in 2012 and 2013 with Shanghai HuWa, and Gold and Silver in 2012 and 2014, respectively, with Team USA Women's masters national team.


Knowles has 13 years of ultimate coaching experience including Seattle MoHo (2004-2011), Team USA junior national team assistant (2006 Gold and 2010 Bronze), UW (Washington) Element (2006-2008) Seattle Small Fryz (2007-2011), Lakeside HS team (2008), Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences MS & HS teams (2009-2011), YK Pao School team (2012-2013), Paideia MS & HS girls' teams (2013-Present), Atlanta Hustle (2014-Present), and Atlanta Outbreak (2016-Present).


“Miranda has an unmatched resume filled with diverse experience as a successful player and coach at many levels. She is a respected figure within the ultimate community from coast to coast. Miranda has been instrumental in building and growing the Atlanta Hustle since our very beginning. In that time she has proven herself to be an invaluable asset for our players, team, and owners. Elevating her to this new role will give her even more influence over the course of our team and ultimate in Atlanta. We are thrilled about our potential with her leading the way.,” said Hustle co-owner John Boezi.


Knowles graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Neuroscience 2004, and received a M.S. in Physiology & Biophysics from the University of Washington 2007. For the past 10 years she has been teaching in the sciences in Seattle, Shanghai, and Atlanta where she currently works at Paideia School. Her immediate family includes husband Matthew Knowles, also a decorated ultimate player, and daughter Madeira.

2017 All-AUDL Teams

October 10, 2017


Introducing the 2017 AUDL awards. With the 2017 MVP Jonathan Nethercutt already announced, it is time to unveil the league and divisional recipients who were recognized for their outstanding play during the 2017 campaign.

All-AUDL First Team

Player Team Assists Goals Blocks Completions (%) Points Played
Pawel Janas 85 9 8 933 (92.65%) 380
Jay Froude 20 41 29 134 (91.16%) 315
Bobby Ley 55 19 13 750 (94.46%) 357
Jeff Babbitt 9 50 41 165 (96.49%) 388
Jonathan Nethercutt 71 13 7 468 (94.35%) 295
Cassidy Rasmussen 54 32 10 295 (91.61%) 297
Mark Burton 81 36 5 326 (91.83%) 315

All-AUDL Second Team

Player Team Assists Goals Blocks Completions (%) Points Played
Dylan Freechild 34 32 4 275 (95.49%) 276
Rick Gross 38 60 26 226 (92.62%) 340
Jeremy Langdon 33 59 3 244 (93.85%) 278
Ryan Osgar 41 43 15 222 (92.21%) 310
Quentin Bonnaud 27 49 17 197 (94.71%) 305
Justin Norden 59 14 8 556 (95.53%) 247
Cam Harris 42 35 12 269 (89.67%) 303

All Defense Team

Player Team Assists Goals Blocks Completions (%) Def. Points Played
Jay Froude 20 41 29 134 (91.16%) 217
Mischa Freystaetter 17 34 17 150 (93.75%) 182
Peter Graffy 25 26 27 179 (90.86%) 226
Kevin Pettit-Scantling 13 18 27 117 (92.13%) 240
Jeff Babbitt 9 50 41 165 (96.49%) 268
Anson Reppermund 12 18 30 111 (84.73%) 170
Steven Milardovich 14 8 22 145 (90.06%) 222

East Team

Player Team Assists Goals Blocks Completions (%) Points Played
Rowan McDonnell 29 18 17 198 (92.09%) 277
Tyler Monroe 39 26 2 194 (91.94%) 178
Quentin Bonnaud 27 49 17 197 (94.71%) 305
Jeff Babbitt 9 50 41 165 (96.49%) 388
Sean Mott 54 40 7 312 (89.40%) 371
Andrew Carroll 19 37 9 158 (92.94%) 208
Cam Harris 42 35 12 269 (89.67%) 303

Midwest Team

Player Team Assists Goals Blocks Completions (%) Points Played
Pawel Janas 85 9 8 933 (92.65%) 380
Travis Carpenter 43 24 17 447 (92.36%) 399
Rick Gross 38 60 26 226 (92.62%) 340
Peter Graffy 25 26 27 179 (90.86%) 285
Kevin Pettit-Scantling 13 18 27 117 (92.13%) 306
Ryan Osgar 41 23 15 222 (92.21%) 310
Max Thorne 41 29 6 351 (94.35%) 241

South Team

Player Team Assists Goals Blocks Completions (%) Points Played
Matt Smith 22 58 8 322 (97.87%) 333
Dylan Freechild 34 32 4 275 (95.49%) 276
Jay Froude 20 41 29 134 (91.16%) 315
Jeremy Langdon 33 59 3 244 (93.85%) 278
Bobby Ley 55 19 13 750 (94.46%) 357
Justin Allen 32 21 15 190 (93.60%) 285
Jonathan Nethercutt 71 13 7 468 (94.35%) 295

West Team

Player Team Assists Goals Blocks Completions (%) Points Played
Tim Beatty 45 11 2 668 (97.66%) 318
Antoine Davis 21 41 23 105 (88.98%) 380
Cassidy Rasmussen 54 32 10 295 (91.61%) 297
Marcelo Sanchez 34 40 10 197 (91.20%) 407
Justin Norden 59 14 8 556 (95.53%) 247
Jackson Stearns 21 57 10 215 (89.96%) 317
Mark Burton 81 36 5 326 (91.83%) 315

Raleigh's Jonathan Nethercutt Wins 2017 AUDL MVP

October 4, 2017


By unanimous vote, Jonathan Nethercutt of the Raleigh Flyers is the 2017 AUDL Most Valuable Player. Nethercutt helped captain the Flyers to a 13-1 regular season record and first place finish in the South Division. He joins Jonathan Helton (2012 & '13), Beau Kittredge ('14, '15), and Dylan Tunnell ('16) as the only winners of the league MVP award.



Arguably the best pure thrower in the league, Nethercutt had his most impressive season as a pro in 2017. He completed 468 throws at a clip of 94.35 percent, tossing 71 assists in the process, the third highest total in the league this season. Despite operating as Raleigh's primary quarterback on drives, Nethercutt also showed a lot of consistency as a potent playmaker downfield, scoring 13 goals and generating seven blocks. And although Nethercutt is known for his power and ability to open up the field as a passer, he was equally reliable with the disc; he was the only player in the AUDL this season with more than 500 touches and not a single drop.


Nethercutt continued his dominant play in the postseason. Despite the Flyers losing to the Dallas Roughnecks in the 2017 South Division title game, Nethercutt submitted the best all around game of his career, throwing 10 assists and hauling in five goals while also contributing six "hockey assists", making him responsible for 21 of the team's 24 goals on the game.

MVP Finalist Voting Results

1. Jonathan Nethercutt, Raleigh Flyers
2. Cassidy Rasmussen, San Francisco FlameThrowers
3. Bobby Ley, Jacksonville Cannons
4. Mark Burton, Seattle Cascades
5. Jeff Babbitt, New York Empire

2017 AUDL MVP Award Finalists

September 26, 2017



In no particular order, here are the five players that were nominated by a select committee for the 2017 AUDL MVP award.



Cassidy Rasmussen — San Francisco FlameThrowers


Assists Goals Blocks Completions Points Played
54 32 10 295 (91.61%) 297



Qualifications:
- Helped lead the San Francisco FlameThrowers to regular season West Division title.
- Helped lead the FlameThrowers to their first AUDL title in 2017.
- AUDL Player of the Week in Week 1 of the season.
- Ranked third in the league in average scores per game (8.6) among qualified players.




Bobby Ley — Jacksonville Cannons


Assists Goals Blocks Completions Points Played
55 19 13 750 (94.46%) 357



Qualifications:
- Helped lead Jacksonville Cannons back to the playoffs after failing to qualify in 2016.
- Led Jacksonville in assists, completions, and points played.
- Threw 15 assists and 104 completions in two critical regular season wins against the Dallas Roughnecks, including the Cannons' 24-22 win on May 12 to give Dallas their first ever franchise loss.
- One of only two players in the league to finish the regular season with 50+ assists and 700+ completions.





Mark Burton — Seattle Cascades


Assists Goals Blocks Completions Points Played
81 36 5 326 (91.83%) 315



Qualifications:
- Led the league in 2017 in scores (goals plus assists) with 117 in 12 games.
- Fourth player in AUDL history to throw 80+ assists in a season
- Threw 6+ assists in 11 of his 12 appearances, the highest number of 6+ assist games of any player in the league.
- Scored on 37 percent of all points played, the highest rate in the AUDL.




Jonathan Nethercutt — Raleigh Flyers


Assists Goals Blocks Completions Points Played
71 13 7 468 (94.35%) 295



Qualifications:
- Helped lead the Raleigh Flyers to a regular season South Division title and the best record in the AUDL at 13-1
- Finished second in the league in assists per game with 6.5 among qualified players.
- Two-time Player of the Week recipient in 2017.
- Set the single-game high for assists in 2017 with 14 on May 13.




Jeff Babbitt — New York Empire


*Led league

Assists Goals Blocks Completions Points Played
9 50 41* 165 (96.49%) 388



Qualifications:
- League leader with 41 blocks in 2017 for the third best scoring defense in the league.
- Only player in the league to finish in the top 15 of goal scorers while playing majority of points on defense; Babbitt played 69 percent of his total points on defense.
- Earned AUDL Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 4.
- Scored 6.25 goals per turnover in 2017, the fourth highest rate in the league.

Top 10 Layouts From The 2017 AUDL Season

September 25, 2017


We're going all out with the 10 best layouts from the AUDL season!



10. Matt Smith, Atlanta Hustle
9. Eric Johnson, Minnesota Wind Chill
8. Brian Schoenrock, Minnesota Wind Chill
7. Nate Goff (Raleigh Flyers) and Andrew Walch (Austin Sol)
6. Stanley Peterson, Dallas Roughnecks
5. Johnny Bansfield, Detroit Mechanix
4. Michael Matthis, Austin Sol
3. Brent George, Los Angeles Aviators
2. Colin Grandon, Nashville NightWatch
1. Marques Brownlee, Philadelphia Phoenix

Best Skying Grabs From 2017 AUDL Season

September 19, 2017


Levitate! Levitate! Levitate! Levitate! It's the best aerial catches from the 2017 AUDL season.



10. Alan Kolick, DC Breeze
9. Kevin Pettit-Scantling, Madison Radicals
8. Marques Brownlee, Philadelphia Phoenix
7. Jimmy Mickle, Dallas Roughnecks
6. Stanley Peterson, Dallas Roughnecks
5. Nathan Vickroy, Atlanta Hustle
4. Antoine Davis, San Francisco FlameThrowers
3. Abe Coffin, Dallas Roughnecks
2. Jakeem Polk, Jacksonville Cannons
1. Terrence Mitchell, Raleigh Flyers

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