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New York announced on Monday the re-signing of handler Andrew Bosco as well as utility player Alon Brown off the practice squad and veteran handler Chris Gwinner.
Bosco returns for a third season, joining Markian Kuzmowycz, Ben Faust, Joe Anderson, Jake Herman and Robbie Gillies as the only players to have played with the Rumble since its inaugural season in 2013. Bosco turned in a solid season last year where he produced one goal, three assists and an 89 percent completion rate.
Bosco previously played club ultimate for District 5 in 2010 and 2011 and PoNY in 2013 and 2014. Originally from Fairfield, Conn., Bosco attended Western Connecticut State University.
“Andrew Bosco has been a rock of a handler for us,” said Head Coach Anthony Nuñez. “He moves the disc extremely well and is a team first kind of player. He is a great addition for this year’s offensive structure, and I am excited to work with him for the third year in a row.”
Recently singed Alon Brown began playing ultimate at the University of Albany and then went on to play with the mixed team Bashing Piñatas. After tearing his ACL, Brown took time off from playing club and played for the New York Empire for two years, but most recently returned to the club scene to play for Garden State.
“I can’t wait to play with Joe [Anderson] as we always have a tremendous time when we play together,” said Brown.
Gwinner, a left-handed defensive handler, attended Georgia Tech University. Previously, Gwinner mostly played in the Atlanta ultimate scene, playing for teams like Rival, Bucket, Reckon and elite open team Chain Lightning.
Most recently, Gwinner won a gold medal with Team USA along with fellow Rumble player Sean Murray on the mixed masters team for the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate, where he finished with three goals and 11 assists.
“I’ve had a great time playing with Sean Murray on the USA team and I am looking forward to more of that with the Rumble,” said Gwinner. “I have also known Assistant Coach Eileen Murray for a long time and look forward to having her intensity and knowledge around the team.”
“Chris Gwinner and Alon Brown are there to help us create more depth to an already deep defensive team,” said Coach Nuñez. “Both are great athletes with strong disc skills and are going to bolster our defensive line’s offensive production.”
Stay posted to the Rumble Facebook and Twitter for the full roster announcement coming later this week.