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Matt Gouchoe-Hanas

Matt Gouchoe-Hanas

Q: What is motivating you for 2019?

A: I'm very motivated by the idea of winning College Nationals with Darkside as the end to my college career. Maybe more importantly, though, I want us to become the best team we can be, regardless of the end of season outcomes. I feel the same way about the club season with Ring of Fire. 

Q: What does your training regiment look like?

A: I'm currently enrolled in the Game Point Performance training plan, which includes strength and conditioning elements. I alternate between high and low-intensity training days, along with practices. I really enjoy training, and GPP has been a fantastic resource for me. I strongly recommend it!

Q: Who inspires you on your team and in the ultimate community as a whole?

A: I'm very inspired by my co-captains Anders Juengst, Elijah Long, as well as my roommate, Walker Matthews, and good friend, Liam Searles-Bohs. These are the people who push me in practices and in the gym to get better. Their work ethic and commitment to the success of our team motivates me to be the best teammate, and captain I can be. Outside of Darkside, Sol Yanuck has always been someone whose passion for the game and work ethic has inspired me. Sol is a huge reason why I play Ultimate, and he was one of the first people to introduce me to the sport.

Q: What is your mindset when you take the field?

A: My mindset is very simple. I just try to do whatever I need to do to help our team be successful. Sometimes that means making plays, but more often that means making space for my teammates to be successful and offering support when it's needed. 

Q: What do you do outside of ultimate?

A: This is an amusing question for me because there isn't a lot "outside of ultimate" for me. When I'm not playing, I'm often coaching Middle School and High School Ultimate at Carolina Friends School, and Youth Club with the Triangle U20 Boys YCC Team, TriForce. Other than that, I like to play board games with my friends and watch movies. 

Q: What is something you are very passionate about that you think people should be more educated on?

A: I study exercise science and have learned a lot about it.

Q: What tournaments are you attending this year?

A: Darkside is attending the Stanford Invite (3/2-3), and Easterns (3/30-31)

Q: What are your goals for 2019?

A: My goal for our team this college season is to win Nationals, and my personal goals revolve around becoming the best player I can be for our team. My goals for the upcoming club season are identical. 

Q: What are three pieces of advice you would tell yourself when you first started play?

A:

  1. Throw every day, and don't be afraid of making throwing mistakes
  2. Watch Film, it's one of the best ways to learn and start to understand the patterns of the game
  3. Play more small-sided games (3v3, 4v4). There's no better way to get a high volume of touches and reps.

Q: What does better than ever mean to you?

A:  On Darkside we always strive to do things better than they've been done before. We've had some success in the past, but we don't assume that our past methods will ensure success in the future. So we are always trying to become better than ever. This commitment is something I've really bought into as a player as well, and I'm consistently trying to find new and better ways to become the best player I can be. I'm constantly trying to become better than ever.