Welcome to the first edition of Miranda's Mailbag (#MM1) where Coach Knowles answers questions from around the ultimate community. You can ask a question by posting it on social media with the #MirandasMailbag, tagging @atlantahustle or Coach Knowles.
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Miranda Knowles announced as Director of Coaching. 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.
Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Hustle announced today that Richard Whitcomb has joined the ownership group of their American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) team.
Whitcomb joins owners Steve Hall, Albert Banks and John Boezi. The addition ensures greater longevity and increased resources for the organization. A long-time resident of Atlanta, Whitcomb brings knowledge and experience of Atlanta's business and ultimate communities.
“We’re very fortunate to have Rich join our group. The Hustle will leverage his unique resume of over twenty years of business experience and a high-level ultimate background to expand our reach into the Atlanta community,” said co-owner Steve Hall.
Whitcomb worked for 21 years in Information Technology, operating as CIO of Gypsum Management and Supply – maintaining networks, databases, and IT for 200 locations. He now works for HV Management, a family business that operates several diverse businesses.
While attending Georgia Tech in 1991 and 1992, Whitcomb played college ultimate and reached College Nationals both years. He played with the Chain Lightning club team throughout most of the 1990s, served as a coach for two seasons, and participated in Worlds in 1995. During his years in Atlanta, he has played 24 seasons in the local summer ultimate league.
“I hope to bring together the entire Atlanta community to support the Atlanta Hustle. Atlanta is fortunate to have a very cohesive community of players, spouses, and parents, including middle school, high school, club teams, masters, summer league and goaltimate. I hope to bring together the community to support the team and league, but also to provide a rich social environment for all involved.” said Richard Whitcomb.
by Parker Bray
Ultimate has been one of the best things to happen to me.
It’s also been the singular worst thing for my physical well-being:
Chronic shoulder dislocations, a ruptured spleen that left me hospitalized for a week and unable to play for 5 months, a PCL tear and bone fracture that left me practically immobile for 6 weeks and out for 6 months.
The knee injury was particularly troubling for me, as it happened during the college season two weeks before 2016 National’s while I was playing for the Hustle.
My first thought wasn’t, “*expletive* my knee hurts” it was “*expletive* I’ve let my teammates down and failed as a captain”.
I have found that it is of the utmost importance to ensure the following to preserve your mental well-being. I hope this information will help someone else out there dealing with an injury
Find a support group | I wouldn’t have been able to cope with the anguish and battle that is recovery without the love and support of teammates, family, and friends. They provide endless encouragement and distraction.
Make yourself useful | You are more to your team than your physical abilities between the lines. Prioritize being the best teammate you can be. You have become a permanent sideline buddy who can offer personal feedback between points, can always talk on the mark and give up calls, and be the person who teammates value despite circumstances.
Embrace the struggle | There will be days when you’ll find yourself in dark mental spaces. Use the challenges and difficulties an injury presents to discover more about you. Find the good in the bad.
Have a moment of reflection once healed | For me, this involved going to the spot at Grady Stadium where I blew my knee out. My first time back on that field I laid down for several minutes. I wouldn’t call it meditating, but I certainly thanked the people who had helped me, appreciated my personal growth as a teammate and person, and gained closure from the experience. Don’t continue to live in fear.
Two local Atlanta ultimate businesses working together to help grow the sport and provide this community with quality apparel and quality competition.. We have a far reaching agreement that allows us to collaborate in a variety of areas.
Our third and final group of Ozone players for the Hustle Futures game on March 25th.
Meet the first 6 Ozone players who will be participating in the Hustle Futures game