#79 Michael Ing
Bryn Mawr, PA
- Radnor HS, Radnor, PA (2012-2015), Captain 2013-2015
- Forge, Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2015), Captain 2015
- DEVYL, Delaware Valley (Summer 2014)
- AMP, Mixed Club, Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2015 and Summer 2016, 6th at Nationals)
In a relationship
- 2018 Ultiworld D-I Player Of The Year Second Runner-Up (Junior)
- 2018 Ultiworld 1st Team All-American (Junior)
- 2018 Ohio Valley Player of the Year (Junior)
- 2018 Ohio Valley 1st Team All-Region (Junior)
- 2017 Ultiworld Defensive Player of the Year First Runner-Up (Sophomore)
- 2017 Ohio Valley 1st Team All-Region (Sophomore)
- 2016 Ohio Valley Men’s All-Freshmen (Freshman)
Michael Ing, or “The kid who went to the same high school as Trent” as he is known in some circles, is a sophomore engineering student here at Pitt. He laid out into the college ultimate scene last year with an instinct for defense most players can only wish they have. That ability to play got him a starting spot on the D Line, the only freshman to do so. He continued to prove himself all season through nationals and looked like a veteran doing it.
Mike’s roles this year include being on the treasury and website teams (he’s part of the reason you’re reading this right now). He takes care of all our money under the wing of Kevin Tang. They both claim that being Asian has nothing to do with the accuracy of their calculations, but we all know otherwise. Mike’s intelligence allows him to excel in math, science, the arts, and any other topic you can come up with. The dude knows how to play the cello and the piano. God, I wish I was him.
Mike doesn’t spend too much of his free time with the team. We all assume he is doing school work or hanging with Annie, but he might be hunting animals with his bare hands in Schenley park. That would explain his whole killer instinct thing. Everyone gets excited when Mike does make it to the occasional party. Not only does that make it a special night, but one of his strengths is making it weird (in a good way) too.
All in all, Mike is one of the most genuine dudes on the team and a role model to us all. But don’t get on his bad side, or he’ll probably make you give up on ultimate.
The rise of Michael Ing has been steady and loud. The 2017 College DPOTY runner-up shifted his attention to offense this season, to thunderous results. Ing carried a heavy load for the Pitt offense and he hefted that weight all the way to an unexpected appearance in the National Championship game.
Matching the 2018 POTY Gouchoe-Hanas’ goal and assist totals while also earning seven blocks in Milwaukee, Ing led the men’s division at Nationals in overall +/-. His explosiveness as a receiver, reliability as a thrower, and instincts as a defender made him one of the most productive players in the division all year long.
It’s hard to imagine that Michael Ing spent his first two college seasons as almost strictly a defensive specialist. Ing took on a much bigger role in 2018 and did it all for Pittsburgh. As a defender he took the most dangerous downfield matchups, which is nothing new, but he usually also pulled double duty on the O-line. His disc skills and speed gave Pitt’s offense tons of versatility; he can initiate as a cutter, he can pick up dead discs, and he can patiently pick his spots in the red zone handler set. In this expanded role, Ing excelled and posted the best +/- in the division at Nationals. The kinds of players that win major end of season awards are rarely specialists. With two years of eligibility left, expect to see Ing continue to succeed with this workload and play himself in those conversations.