Ben Wiggins

Ben Wiggins replaced basketball with Ultimate as a freshman at the University of Oregon in the fall of 1998. In 2003, Oregon again took the single bid from a strong field that included the defending champs and made it all the way to the National Final, before which Wiggins was voted as a Callahan Award winner (the College National MVP). Having played several club seasons with Portland's Axe (the precursor to Rhino), Ben moved to Seattle and joined the team for Sockeye's first title run in 2004. As a captain and primary offensive handler, Ben would go on to win two more UPA championships with Sockeye (in 2006 and 2007) as well as two silver medals at World Championships (first with Sockeye at Team USA in 2008, and then with an extremely young and unheralded Sockeye squad in Prague 2010, where the team won the world Spirit Award as well). After helping to develop the Moho youth Ultimate program from 2004-2008 which sent many players on to Sockeye and Riot, Ben was an assistant coach with the 2004 US Boys gold-medal-winners in Finland and coached the Seattle YCC Boys team to a National Championship in 2005. He has also coached Seattle-area teams Viva and Underground (club women) as well as the Western Washington University men's club. Along with Andy Lovseth, Ben founded and ran The-Huddle.org, a high-level strategy and tactics online magazine for Ultimate. He has run coaching clinics in the Philippines, Colombia, Moscow and Siberia, Ireland, Japan and the Czech Republic. Currently, Ben is retired from playing Ultimate (too many concussions) but coaches the second men's team in Seattle (Voodoo) and is finally back to playing basketball on a daily basis when he isn't looking for the next international coaching opportunity.

Why I Donated to Skyd

by November 27, 2014, 7:00am 0

Ben Wiggins on why he believes it’s important to keep Skyd alive.

Lecco: Ultimate’s Coming of Age

by October 28, 2013, 5:00am 5

Just a heads up… WUCC in Lecco will be a coming-of-age moment for the Ultimate community. This will be first Worlds in which space is truly at a premium. A…

The Big Ways Club Ultimate is Changing

by October 22, 2013, 4:33pm 16

For better or worse, the ESPN contract has made USAU Nationals the most visible event in the game. The new format for this tournament is indicative of a trend towards…

Why MLU and AUDL should use Observers

by January 7, 2013, 3:30am 67

The Preamble I’m going to try to make a case for the use of observers in professional ultimate. Before I do this, I should make one thing clear: this is…

Club Championships 2012: Open Division Player Viewing Guide

by October 22, 2012, 5:21pm 20

Following teams is a fantastic way to follow the club championships. If you have a favorite team, a local favorite, or simply rooting for your big-money bets to pay off…

Raise Your Game: Day 5 – How should teams train?

by February 3, 2012, 6:00am 0

This article is Part 5 in a 5 part series from Ben Wiggins on succeeding in the sport of Ultimate. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Day 5: How should teams…

Raise Your Game: Day 4 – How should individuals train?

by February 2, 2012, 6:00am 12

This article is Part 4 in a 5 part series from Ben Wiggins on succeeding in the sport of Ultimate. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Day 4: How should individuals…

Raise Your Game: Day 3 – Fitness & Experience

by February 1, 2012, 6:00am 2

This article is Part 3 in a 5 part series from Ben Wiggins on succeeding in the sport of Ultimate. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Day 3…

Raise Your Game: Day 2 – Talent, Preparation and Execution

by January 31, 2012, 6:00am 11

This article is Part 2 in a 5 part series from Ben Wiggins on succeeding in the sport of Ultimate. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Day 2: Success comes from…

Raise Your Game: Day 1

by January 30, 2012, 6:00am 1

This article is Part 1 in a 5 part series from Ben Wiggins on succeeding in the sport of Ultimate. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) Preface Dear readers, Please don’t…