Martin Cochran

Revolver, #28

Introduction

Martin Cochran

Russian Kate (??): 

I met Martin Cochran very late. It was the last night of Nationals (Sunday night) when most of players left Sarasota and just a big fans of ultimate parties and finalists were at Daquiry Deck. 

When I came to the pub deck to get one more cocktail a guy with two cocktails in his hands turned around and said: 

- Oh! And this is for you - and gave my one of the cocktails. 

- For me? Seriously? - I was sceptical about that.

- Absolutely.

It was pretty dark and I did not recognise him, but I had a feeling that I’d already met him and I felt trust to the phases of Moon on his sleeve, so I thought that I could take this cocktail. Also the guy was attractive, I was able to notice that even in the dark. 

He immediately started talking about Russia, so I understood that he definitely knew who I am and might be he was really going to look for me. We had talked for about half an hour before he suggested to go out to more quiet place. There were much more light and finally I recognised him and at the same moment he asked fast in a low voice: 

- I’d like to coach in Russia. Do I have any chances? 

I was in shock and stared at him in mute amazement. Two times US and World Champion, Farricker Award winner, Revolver captain and just a great player - he had just asked me if he _had a chance_ to come to the Camp. Seriously? No chances! Definitely. 

- Sure, - I said finally, - I’d be very happy to have you in our coaches squad. 

Russian Kate


 

Martin Cochran doesn't mess around.  If he hears a joke, or even a normal conversation, he *will* laugh.  It is a guarantee.  He'll probably laugh if he reads this.  His laughing boosts his teammates' confidence.  It makes him a great leader, as he demonstrated captaining San Francisco Revolver this year.  It makes him a great role model for other ultimate players, as he was awarded the Farricker Spirit Award from USA Ultimate.  Martin's strength comes from his laugh.  And his incredible height and speed.  But mostly his laugh.  (Martin is also known as the Birdman for his incredible likeness to NBA player Chris Birdman Anderson.)

Josh Wiseman, Revolver #6 

 


 

Martin Cochran

Biography info:

  • Date of birth: September 16, 1981.
  • Place of birth: Albany, Oregon, USA.
  • Height: 6'4" or 1.93 meters
  • Weight: 185lb (84 kg)
  • School: Crescent Valley High School
  • University: University of Puget Sound for undergrad, then University of Colorado for graduate school. I studied mathematics and computer science in undergrad, and got my PhD in computer science (cryptography).

I played pick-up ultimate most days during college, but it was pretty unstructured and I basically had to "start over" when I showed up for practice at the University of Colorado.  I wanted to take up a hobby to be a healthy distraction from my graduate studies.  It turned out only to be a distraction.

I showed up for my first practice with no shoes or a shirt.  The coach, Catt, told me to go home and probably thought I was an enormous idiot, but I kept showing up anyway and eventually made the team.

For five years I played in college on Mamabird, the University of Colorado frisbee team. 

Martin Cochran

Then I played on Jonny Bravo from 2005-2006

I joined Revolver in 2008 when I moved to California.  At the time there was basically a choice between two San Francisco teams: Jam and Revolver.  Jam was more successful with more well-known players, but Revolver struck me as a young team that was playing above their experience and would grow into a good team with a scrappy foundation, so I went with them.  Then Jam won the championship that year :)

At worlds in 2010 and 2012 I got the opportunity to play many national teams.  It was an incredible experience, both from a cultural and ultimate perspective.  International teams have different styles of play than US teams, most notably the Japanese teams, and learning about other teams and interacting with them at the international level is something I'll never forget.

I wear #28.  It's a perfect number, which has a specific mathematical meaning: it is equal to the sum of its divisors not including itself.  28 = 14 + 7 + 4 + 2 + 1.  I'm kind of a math nerd.

About my greatest achievement... This would have to be the Farricker award I received at the end of this season. I'm not sure anyone expected that to happen, including me, but it's an incredible honor. The other players I joined as an award winners are amazing.

My most memorable tournament is probably Worlds in 2010 in Prague.  It was the first big tournament Revolver won, and the international setting and competition were just unforgettable.  It's a memory I'll always cherish.

I usually play defense on the other team's taller (hopefully slower) players.  Mostly because I'm tall and a good deep defender on floaty hucks.  Or, at least, that's probably my best skill as a player.  I am less good at covering smaller players who can change direction quickly.

And my favorite throws are dump throws.  They're hard to turn over, though I still manage to do it now and again.

About my coaching experience: 

I have some coaches experience. I helped coach the Stanford men's ultimate team this last year, and I've captained for a total of 4 years (two in college and two on Revolver).

I always learn something new at training camps and practices. Teaching helps me articulate thoughts about the game more clearly so that I can explain them to others, and I always pick up some things from other coaches / players there.  It also seems to reinforce some thoughts as well: the game is actually fairly simple if you can do a few things really well, and really consistently.

About every day life:

I work at Google, Inc, in Mountain View, CA, as an engineering manager / software engineer.

My colleagues know that i play ultimate, and I think they're mostly impressed when I come back from vacation saying my team won the world championship.  Some people even took pictures with me.  It's a little embarrassing, but also very cool.

I do not really have any hobbies. Between work, ultimate, and spending a bit of time with my girlfriend, there's not time for too much else.  But I'm pretty happy with how I spend my time.

You could say ultimate helped me get my job a Google.  My contact was someone I met at a cryptography conference but who plays ultimate.  We'd throw every day at the conference, and the next summer he got me an interview, so that probably counts.

Other than that, no :)

Russia!  I've always wanted to go, and teaching ultimate and meeting new people is the perfect way to do it. I'm incredibly excited.  I have somewhat of a fascination / obsession with Russian art and culture.  I took a Russian literature class in undergrad, my favorite class I've ever taken, and since then I've wanted to visit the country and meet some real-life Russians.

I do not wait for anything very specific.  I'd just like to see what is to be seen and experience some "authentic" Russian experiences that I can't experience anywhere else, whatever those might be.

I know something about Russia, I mostly know stuff about its artists.  I love all the famous Russian composers (Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, etc) and authors (Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Bulgakov, etc).  I think their works are, for whatever reason, the most inventive and beautiful compared to their peers. 

What else can i tell about myself? I'm actually a bit introverted and shy, but try to pretend otherwise most of the time.

I’d like to tell to all participants: I'm excited to come and have some fun with you in Russia!  Also, the better shape you come into the camp the more you'll get out of it.  It's hard to run drills if you're exhausted or (much worse) injured because you're not used to the strain on your muscles.  Put some time into it before the camp and we'll all have a great time.