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Top Players Sign With San Francisco FlameThrowers As Player­‐Coaches

by / Wednesday, 29 January 2014 / Published in Latest News, Press Releases

Ryo Kawaoka, Cassidy Rasumssen, and Sam Kanner have joined the San Francisco FlameThrowers and will serve as player-coaches in the inaugural 2014 season.

San Francisco, January 29, 2014 –‐ The San Francisco FlameThrowers are pleased to announce that Ryo Kawaoka, Cassidy Rasmussen, and Sam Kanner have joined the team as player-coaches for the FlameThrowers’ first season of play in the AUDL in 2014. All three have been part of elite Ultimate at both college and club levels for many years and are now active contributors to the success of Revolver, San Francisco’s leading men’s amateur club team.

FlameThrowers’ co-founder Michael Kinstlick said, “We couldn’t be happier to have Sam, Ryo, and Cassidy on board for our inaugural season. We’ve tried from the start to create a team culture and environment that will appeal to great players, and Sam, Ryo, and Cassidy are that, and represent the best aspects of the sport of Ultimate. We know they’ll set the tone for the continued recruiting and game preparation to come.”

Ryo Kawaoka added, “We’re looking forward to making the FlameThrowers the best team on the field in pro Ultimate. We weighed our options carefully, including not playing pro Ultimate at all this season, but we found the FlameThrowers vision for the team really compelling. Cassidy, Sam, and I are all incredibly excited to play, and also to stretch our own abilities and contribute through our coaching duties.”

Matt Tsang, the FlameThrowers’ Director of Player Development, noted. “The FlameThrowers commitment not only to being the #1 franchise in pro Ultimate, but also to embody the Spirit of the Game really came through in our discussions. Sam, Cassidy, and Ryo wanted to make sure they were joining an organization that reflected their own values, and giving them an opportunity to grow and impact the team by sharing coaching duties was a natural outcome.”

The FlameThrowers home opener is Saturday, April 19 1:00 pm at Galileo Academy Field, North Point & Polk Sts, San Francisco. Get ready for the hottest Ultimate in the country!

About the San Francisco FlameThrowers

The San Francisco FlameThrowers are the hottest new professional sports team in the San Francisco Bay Area. The American Ultimate Disc League is expanding to the West Coast, and the FlameThrowers are proud to be one of the founding teams in the new Western Conference that begins play in April, 2014. For more information about the San Francisco FlameThrowers, please visit:

About the American Ultimate Disc League

The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is the first and largest professional Ultimate league in the world. Their mission is to bring the fun, affordable, and family–‐friendly sport of Ultimate to stadiums across the US and Canada. For more information about the AUDL, please visit:

SOURCE San Francisco FlameThrowers

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