2011 Preview – Brown University Disco Inferno

by | December 6, 2010, 11:00am 0

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School Name: Brown University
Team Name
: Disco Inferno
Captains: Maddie Sheehan, Talia Singer-Clark
Coaches: Michael Kofron, Betsy Stubblefield-Loucks
Year team was founded: 1989
Jersey Colors: Brown and White
Website: http://brown.edu/Athletics/Womens_Frisbee/
2010 Record: 14-13
Score Reporter


Tell me a little about yourself. How did you get involved with ultimate at your school?
Talia: I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where I played soccer and ran track in high school.  My mother played for the open ultimate team at Brown in 1977 and so taught me about the sport growing up.  When I got to Brown I decided to try out for the team and have not looked back since.

Maddie: I am from Falmouth, Maine and was a cross-country skier and field-hockey player in high school.  At Brown I wanted to stay in shape and have fun.  Ultimate was the perfect outlet, and my teammates have become like family.

How did your team do last year? What was the highlight of your season?
Talia: Brown had a tough start to the season last year but came back to take first place at Stonehill’s ‘Get Skyyed’ tournament, with a victory over Yale in the finals.  Brown dropped a tough game to Yale at sectionals but took second overall.  We played a great game to beat Dartmouth in the first round at Regionals despite multiple injuries.  A few tough losses followed leaving Brown tied for 9th.

Tell me about your coaches. What do they bring to your team?
Talia: Loucks on Disco Inferno.  Kafka (Mike Kofron) drives our defense while Betsy runs our offensive strategy.  The both have amazing loyalty to program as a whole as well as great insight into the finer points of the game.

Are there players on your team who deserve consideration for All-Region or Freshman of the Year? Tell me about them.
Talia: Freshman Amie Kawaii was a great contributor to her high school team in Seattle, Washington and is looking to be a core part of the team at Brown.  We would encourage the ultimate world to keep an eye on her this season.

Avery Reed is another extremely talented player with extensive knowledge of the game.  She was ‘Rookie of the Year’ as a freshman and has continued to be a leader on field.  She should definitely be considered for All-Region.

How does your team bring new players up to speed on ultimate?
Talia: The Brown program includes 3 different teams (A, B and C) that all come together in the fall to run a ‘fall league’ which focuses primarily on teaching new players the game.

How do you practice during the harsh Providence winters?
Talia: We have always started our outdoor practice in early February and mostly just encourage players to invest in long spandex and wool socks.

What does your team do to get pumped up for a big game?
Talia: The team has a variety of pump-up tactics including obnoxious songs and cheers and the occasional inspirational speech from Braveheart or Remember the Titans.

What do you think about the USA Ultimate College restructuring?
Talia: For Brown it means that we will not see some of our big competitors from past seasons in the series which is disappointing.  We will have to wait and see how this spring turns out to make any judgment calls.

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