Derek's history with ultimate began in middle school when he was first introduced to the "thumber", the only throw he could do. His awkward progression then moved to the "hammer" before finally learning the traditional "back-hand" and "flick". This atypical, quirky style is part of what Derek loves about ultimate: each new player brings their own unique learning style to the sport which makes the whole process of self-discovery through ultimate so rewarding and often entertaining.
When Derek is not coaching through martial arts techniques, he enjoys cooking up a storm, nerding out with board games and movies, and tinkering with electronics like his motorcycle.
Michael started playing ultimate back in his youth, but that was the standard "gathering of friends and throwing a disc around". He didn't take it up as a sport until the summer of 2017 when he joined RCUC and hasn't looked back sense. He enjoys the team camaraderie and the ability to funnel hos highly competitive spirit into something healthy.
When Michael isn't creating websites for the many sports organizations he is apart of or on the field playing ultimate, he likes to binge a good Netflix series, hangout with friends, or curl up on his couch and get lost in a good book.
Shawna V. Zegarra
Shawna started playing ultimate in 2012 with the VUL's beginner boot camp and she hasn't stopped since! From summer and fall with Discalicious, to winters with New West League, travelling to LA with the Gnarwhals and now Rain City Ultimate, she's been busy! While handling has always been her strength, this year she's really hoping to finally master cutting and becoming a well rounded team player!
When she's playing "less" ultimate in the winter season, Shawna spends most of her time snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow angel making, and general snow loving-ness.