UCC graduate becomes the first Irish professional Ultimate player.

John Doherty, a UCC alumni from Tipperary has just been signed by a professional American Ultimate Frisbee team – Seattle Cascades. John, known as “Doc” to friends, has been a very influential figure during his 3 years at University College Cork where he studied Arts.

Ultimate is a relatively new sports with constantly increasing numbers of players. UCC Ultimate was founded in 1998 by Welshman David Rosenfeld. The original UCC team were aptly named the “Cork Coyotes” but this name was later changed to “Skulltimate” to incorporate the Skull and Crossbones logo of the college.

Having been great on the pitch, John also demonstrated the skills of an exceptional leader being involved in his club. Serving as the club’s captain in his final year, he would spend a couple of hours each day, coaching, running fitness sessions, and doing admin work. This enabled the men’s, mixed and beginners’ teams to win college nationals. Thanks to this outstanding performance, the club was rewarded with the “Club of the Year 2012/13” trophy and John was presented not only with one of the “Bene Merenti” awards but also received the overall “Club Person of the Year 2012/13” award.

John’s involvement is reflected by the fact that he became the national team coach of U20 Men’s, a team with which he went to the World Championships. John had the privilege of captaining the Irish Men’s National Team at the European Championships. His contribution to the development of Irish Ultimate was rewarded by IFDA (Irish Flying Disc Association).

We wish Doc the best of luck playing in American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) and cannot wait to see #13 continuing to promote Ultimate Frisbee which is one of the most popular clubs in University College Cork.

If you want to read more about John’s sporting career check out the in-depth article from the man himself: