Presidio de Bexar, once the name of a Spanish fort during Texas colonization, now represents an up and coming men’s team fostering college player development. Rebranding San Antonio’s previous club teams RAGE, ASSAULT, and SAULT, Presidio de Bexar set out to improve college player development in San Antonio through exposure to focused coaching, elite club competition, but most importantly – FUN. Captained by veterans Ryan Bigley (Doublewide), and Nick Polito (Cosa Nostra, Dirty Birds), Presidio is creating a legacy destined to push Ultimate growth in San Antonio for years to come.
Our goal this season was player development, so rather than hash through our tournament successes (which were memorable- wins over Space B and Riverside, scoring 6 points on the eventual national champions Johnny Bravo which is as good as some national competitors, 8 points on HIP at PB&J) we have chosen to reflect on specific gains by our rookies. With pride, I present the future of San Antonio Ultimate.
Tynan (TRINITY): A brand new player, Tynan took a number of hard practices before a huge day in mid July when he scored 4 points in one practice! T-Y continued to grind throughout the season working on throws with his roommate, busting it on the track with teammates, and scoring a clutch point at sectionals. Now if we could just get him to leave his fraternity…
Will (UTSA): Can you say legend, as in a league of legends? Will sure can, but he also can say gym. This boy is swol, and ready to churn on defense to block disks with his huge muscles. His throws are better this season than I’ve ever seen them, and his smile, kind nature, and Elvis-like hair is infectious to his teammates.
Garret (UTSA): Our second most Junior player, Garrett got off to a rough start by being allowed to only talk in images via our group-text. Earning his nickname GIF, Garrett is a player eager to learn and ready to be loud. His biggest strides this season were improving his team defense on and off the field, learning where to put his gangly arms on the mark, and embracing team culture. This guy has a number of great years on Presidio to come (in fact, I think he loved his experience more than any other player – a skill which will maintain his eager learning for future seasons).
Li’l Steen (TRINITY): There’s quick, there’s lightning, then there’s little Steen. Having seen Austin play from his first tournament until now one can easily say he hasn’t lost his swag as he grew in skill. Always a force on defense, baby Steen’s knowledge of the game is rising to a mature level. He also throws a nasty chicken wing (remember that score Riverside? – ouch).
Sang (TRINITY): Another man who seems to fly over the ground, when told that he doesn’t have to layout for every D, Sang’s reply was “I don’t feel like I’m trying hard enough if I don’t.” Characteristic of his play, this statement shows the dedication and vigor Sang puts into every point. He has worked tirelessly to improve his play at the handle position in anticipation for his Junior season at Trinity. His flick huck has come a long way, but watch out for his backhand deep which is pretty nasty.
J’Mo (UTSA): Joseph clearly had the best hat at sectionals, what better to go with a throwback Spurs jersey than a throwback spurs hat!? I know what’s better, J’Mo’s upline forehand is better, so is his speed when jetting after a fly away disk.
Bovio (TRINITY): Deemed team “Workhorse”, BROvio has come to fill a pivotal roll on the field- namely: that dude opponents hate to guard. Well conditioned, and returning from New York with more explosiveness than we’d seen last season, BROvio could take a selfie on the sideline and make 4 cuts before it hit instagram. Bovio’s next mission is to work up the defense, his mind for the game is going to start producing turnovers assuming he is wise enough to anticipate the offense.
Michael (TRINITY): DH is one of Trinity’s up and coming Juniors ready to follow Bovio’s workman mentality. Quick to turn and jet, DH is so close to a sick layout bid and all it’s going to take is one catch before he never loses another. Absent the majority of the season due to a broken wrist, DH will be shaping Trinity’s offense at midfield and tallying up grass stains (gratuitous or not, you can’t tell on facebook).
JOEY (UT): Grazing carefully on the sideline, Joey was also unfortunately injured for much of his season. One of the most agile players on the field, players with less “insta-speed” have a hard time keeping up. We could also learn a thing or two about flopping from Joey, who cramped spectacularly at PB&J. Improved precision making and throws are going to turn this young-blood into a dangerous enemy.
Jake (UTSA): Captaining UTSA’s Men’s AND Women’s team (attaboy Jake) for his second year, Jake made large contributions to Presidio’s squad – but more importantly is bringing club lessons to his young band of recruits. Paired with Jimmy at UTSA, the two handler dominators can make trouble for unprepared teams. Good at observing the field and playing his roll as auxilary handler – part time cutter – Jake is an essential team player who is absorbing detail and finesse at an alarming rate. Watch out for this senior in the South Central region.
At season’s close, the team reflected upon the summer, planning improved camaraderie via social outings (namely bowling and horse-racing), and improved conditioning for next season. Everyone starts somewhere, and this team’s success in 2014 is already extending far beyond the season as these college players extend their influence in the central Texas ultimate community. 2-4 years ago there were only a handful of Trinity/UTSA players in the club scene, and San Antonio Ultimate would’ve been hard pressed to even travel to Tulsa for the prospect of a mere 5 games at Regionals. This season 20+ Trinity/UTSA students and alums could be spotted on various teams in the region.