Caitlin Cordell

Written by Baritsa on . Posted in Coaches

Riot #23

Biography info:

  • Date of birth: Sep. 2nd 1983
  • Place of birth: Seattle
  • Height: 5’3”
  • Weight: 125lb
  • Oberlin College

I started playing when I was in 6th grade, so about 18 years ago. I had been playing select soccer in Seattle, but didn’t like the elite soccer community. My teacher encouraged me to play with his adult Ultimate team when I was in 7th grade and there I learned a lot about spirit of the game. SOG really grabbed my attention as a young athlete. I liked the ability to respect your opponent and play well.  I also liked that I got to play with boys and be seen as a strong athlete. 

 

ЯI joined Seattle Riot in 2010 because it was a team that I had looked up to since I started playing Ultimate as a child, back then it was called “Women on the Verge.” Riot also had players like Miranda Roth, Liz Duffy, Jen Wilson and Gwen Ambler on it, and those were players that I wanted to learn from. 

Before that I played for Seattle Underground and before that, I played for Viva, which are two elite women’s club teams in Seattle. 

I have played for the New Zealand National team in 2006 and competed in the Australian World Club Championships. In 2000 I was selected to play for the US Junior National Team and competed in the World Championships in Heilbron Germany and won Gold. It was an incredible experience. When I went it was the first time that there had been a Jr. women’s team to play at a world championship level. I got to meet so many people from all over the world and play with young girls who were incredibly skilled. On top of these two experiences I have gone to the US National Championships with Riot for the last three years and have two silver medals and one bronze. 

I wear 23. This is Michael Jordan’s number. See below pictures for the reason why :)

      

I think my greatest achievement was my contributions to the team this last season. I played on the defensive upwind team. I had to be able to throw in 30 mile per hour winds.

I did receive an MVP award from my NZ team when we played in Australia. 

My most memorable tournament will have to be Nationals this last year 2012. It was one of the most mentally challenging tournaments because of the wind, but also because the caliber of teams was higher than it has ever been. I was also called on to play more points, so I felt more pressure to do well.  It was also the most memorable because it was my last tournament with Riot. I retired this year to pursue a master degree in Social Work. 

I play as a Defensive Handler because I am quick, have great long throws and am able to get interceptions and blocks regularly. I am able to place throws to cutters very well and have good defensive positioning in both man to man defense and zone.

 

I love pulling and my Inside Out Flick.

I still play soccer, I draw, cook and enjoy dancing for hours in front of my mirror to hard core hip-hop.

I work for a program that helps at risk high school students with going to college and getting work. The people at my work know I play and are impressed with the level that I play at. 

Ultimate has helped me cope with stress in so many ways. I love playing it, so the physical element is releasing.

I also love the community of friends that I have created through this sport. They are my family and have helped me through a lot of difficult times. 

I believe Ultimate is something that should be shared with the world. I’m happy to bring my extensive years of experience to new people who are excited to learn. I also love to see how Ultimate can be a unifier between people of different cultures. Everywhere I’ve lived I’ve tried to find an Ultimate community.

I’ve coached Ultimate to High School and middle School youth. I’ve also coached and captained my college team. I was the captain of Viva for a year and lead practices. I’ve also lead many clinics for Riot over the last three years.  

 

I always learn something new when I teach Ultimate. Sometimes it’s a new way of explaining a skill, sometimes it’s a new game. Mostly, I continue to learn and see how this sport is expanding and how it impacts the lives of people around the world. 

I love food so I’m always interested in trying new and interesting food. I love art, especially modern art, so it would be great to check out some contemporary museums.  I would also like to know if there are any good places to go dancing and what kind of scene that is.  

Honestly I don’t know very much about Russia. I’ve heard that most of the people are very beautiful. I know a little bit about the conflicts between Russia and the United States, but honestly I’m more interested in meeting people and hearing them speak about their country and its traditions. 

I’m incredible excited to be doing this!!!

I hope that the players will enjoy the camps and thank you so much for inviting us to come and coach!