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, 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.

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

by January 31, 2012, 6:00am 0

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 0

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…

Business as Usual in 2012?

by December 8, 2011, 8:00am 0

Growing a sport is a complicated business. Beyond the workings of a national non-profit (complicated) there are interactions of players (complicated) with the rules (complicated) and opportunities combined with pitfalls…

The Wiggins Zen Throwing Routine

by November 21, 2011, 5:00am 0

“There is no one right way to play the game” – Jon King I believed Jon when he told me this many years ago, and after a decade of playing…

Place Your Bets: Wiggins’ Odds – 2011 Club Championships

by October 20, 2011, 4:00am 0

After a year of forced retirement, I find myself over-competitive about a lot of things, and have started informally gambling on, well, just about everything. Without further ado, here are…

UC San Diego Air Squids

by January 16, 2011, 9:43am 0

Pre Season Record: 21-6 Series Record: 12-8 End of Season Standing: 17th USAU College National Championship eliminated in pool play Coaches: Kevin Stuart (2008-Present), Matt Parisi (2011)

San Diego State University Federalis

by January 3, 2011, 9:54am 0

Pre Season Record: 14-17 Series Record: 10-5 End of Season Standing: 5th SouthWest Regionals eliminated in the 3rd place Semifinal by UC San Diego Skyd Preview Coach: Cliff Smith (2008-Present),…

University of California Davis Dogs

by January 2, 2011, 9:36am 0

By Stephen Hubbard Pre Season Record: 12-6 Series Record: 7-5 End of Season Standing: 5T Northwest Regionals eliminated by UC Santa Cruz in the backdoor Quarterfinal (12-15) Skyd Preview Coach:…