The New York Rumble are proud to announce their 2013 head coach, Daniel Quaranta.
One of the original founders of PoNY, Daniel’s been a bastion of Ultimate in New York City for the past 10 years.
General Manager Michelle Kondracki is thrilled to have such an accomplished player and leader at the Rumble helm. “I am looking forward to having Daniel join the Rumble,” says Kondracki. “After creating an elite club team, I know that Daniel has the vision, respect, and experience to take us far.”
Daniel began his playing career in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. It was there that he learned much of what he knows about Ultimate from Mike Gerics, Tully Beatty and Andrew Zeldin. With rosters of only 13 players each year, he captained the 2001 and 2002 UNCW teams to Nationals, finishing 5th in 2002. Daniel says that most of my fondest college memories are of his time with the Ultimate community in Wilmington.
From there, Daniel moved to New York and played with New York Ultimate in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, Daniel and a few others decided to start a new team which became Pride of New York (PoNY). As Co-Captain for three years, he succeeded in his goal to build NYC’s elite Ultimate squad. PoNY will be entering its 9th season in 2013 as NYC’s most competitive club.
Even though this is Daniel’s first time coaching without playing, what he most enjoyed about captaining teams was understanding team dynamics and working to get everyone on the same page to achieve a common goal. He can’t wait to focus exclusively on those aspects of the game. “My hope is that we create a team identity that is as tough and focused as the city we call home,” says Quaranta.
Originally from New Rochelle, Daniel lives in the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. He works as a compliance director at a mid-size financial firm in NYC.
When Daniel heard about the MLU and its vision for showcasing the best Ultimate in the country, he knew it was time to get back in the game. “I have been away from competitive Ultimate for the last several years focusing on raising three little girls with my wonderful wife,” says Quaranta. “This seemed like the perfect time to get back into the game that has given me so much over the last 14 years.”
And the Rumble are happy to have him as their leader in such a competitive Eastern Division. When asked which team he was most looking forward to playing, he responded, “Boston, of course. As a New Yorker, I don’t think any other answer is acceptable.”