[stextbox id=”alert” color=”050505″ bcolor=”6cc3f8″ bgcolor=”ffffff” big=”true” image=”null”]School Name: Simon Fraser University
Team Name: Clam
Captains: Einer Lim, Brandon “Boobs” Grant
Coach: Gary Richardson
Year Founded: Late 90’s
Jersey Colors: Cardinal Red(Dark) and Grey (Light)
How did you get involved with Ultimate at Simon Fraser?
Keanen “Stings” Grant: This is my second year playing Ultimate for SFU and I got involved through my brother who joined the team a year before I did. I also practiced a bit with the team while in high school which helped create a connection to the team post grading.
What is Ultimate at Simon Fraser all about?
Gary Richardson, Coach: Giving players an opportunity to develop into club players and to get people into good physical shape.
How did your team do last year? What was the highlight of your season?
Stings: Judging ourselves merely on ourselves, not on USAU’s, our year was not as good as the year before, but was still very successful. We have had an increase in our number of players who are joining the club team. Also club players at the university are coming out to support the team.
Highlight: Our game against Lewis and Clark because it is a team we have been rivaling against for a while now and constantly have good games with, but last year pulled off a big win against them.
Who is your favorite team to play against?
Stings: Louis and Clark – close games, match up well, battle of the explorers. (Simon Fraser vs Lewis and Clark)
Tell us about your coach and captains. What do they bring to your team?
Stings: Our coach (Gary Richardson) is an experienced Ultimate player, having played for Blackfish, who brings lots of knowledge to the team and the right frame of mind for development. Along his side are the two captains Einer and Brandon who both have high levels of experience and supports Gary’s coaching well.
What player is most likely to make a huge play as a thrower? As a receiver? On D?
Stings: Thrower: Brandon, Keanen
Receiver: Einer, Aaron,
Defence: Bobo, Jlee, Egor
Who’s a player you have to watch more carefully to see how valuable he is to your team?
Stings: Justin Lee, he is what we refer to as a sleeper player. He is very unsuspecting and surprises with big plays at very important and opportune times.
Has your team set any goals for this season? What are they?
Stings: Developing the new players and expanding the base. Increase the number of players from the program that make club teams
What has your team been doing this fall to prepare for the spring season?
Stings: Transition for the players coming out of high school and developing the new players so they are prepared for the spring skill wise.
What tournaments do you plan to attend in the spring? Which are you most looking forward to?
Stings: Sundodger, Stanford, *PLU Barbeque – first tourney to truly measure ourselves at. Play against teams we have a history of playing against.
What does your team do to get pumped up for a big game?
Stings: Build up intensity through warm up by getting o and d line to compete in warm up drills.
What song would you pick for the soundtrack to your team’s 2011 highlight video?
Stings: Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up.