#43 David Hogan
A: I began playing Ultimate my freshman year at Pitt in the fall of 2006. I was a track runner and soccer player in high school.
Q: What is your most memorable experience as a player? A coach?
A: I can’t really say I have one most memorable experience. It’s really about the camaraderie and brotherhood we’ve all developed together and fostered that I cherish. The hard work players have shown me and their gratitude for my work are what I love about coaching and training this team. I could say all this was epitomized by Alex Thorne after we won our first national championship. He hugged me and said “there’s no way my body could’ve done this [played that many points at such a high level] without you.” I think that encompasses everything I’m trying to say.
Q: You have one last meal on earth, what is it?
A: As weird as it sounds, if I were given one last meal, I would fast. Part of me thinks it’s beautiful, and part of me loves doing exactly what isn’t expected of me (David “I’m a dirty hippie” Hogan).
Q: Who is your dream girl/guy?
A: Dream girl isn’t really how I operate. For better or worse, I try to avoid having ideals in terms of any (platonic or otherwise) relationships. I like to keep my attention on the gratitude I feel for the person who is given to me, and comparing that to some Dream does the present a disservice.
I knew by the end of the first practice that this was what I wanted to do. By the end of the week I had made a five-year commitment. And I’m really hoping my parents don’t read that last sentence. But seriously, it wasn’t just the sport itself that got me playing: it was the people playing it. I quickly had a group of brothers I belonged with. But they weren’t just great friends- they answered any question I had about ultimate, and took time out of their schedule to teach me things like flicking. They taught me valuable life lessons, like the effectiveness of the forehead peck (Josh), the effect of a freezer on a lot of carbonated beverages (Brent), and ROBOT HOUSE!!! Futurama is awesome. I didn’t learn that here, but The Bird confirmed it. In summary, the vets helped me go from a clueless freshman who had hardly ever thrown a frisbee to a clueless freshman with some awesome nicknames. Ultimate is not just a sport. It’s a passion. It’s a community. It’s a brotherhood. It’s life.