The New York Rumble are proud to announce the signing of Anthony Nuñez, Assistant Coach for the 2013 season.
“Anthony has years of coaching experience with all different levels of Ultimate (youth, college, club), and I can’t wait to see him bring that experience to the Rumble,” says General Manager Michelle Kondracki.
As you pull up to Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, you’ll find a plaque commemorating the school as the birthplace of Ultimate. It’s also Anthony Nuñez’s alma mater, and the birthplace of an exceptional Ultimate coaching career.
A member of the team throughout high school, Nuñez began coaching Columbia’s team during his freshman year of college at William Paterson University in nearby Wayne, NJ. He lead the team to 11 straight State Championships, including the High School National Championship in 2008.
Nuñez has also contributed to youth Ultimate as a coach in the Delaware Valley Youth League (DEVYL) since 2007. His team has placed in the semi-finals or higher in five of the last six years, and in 2010 they won the Youth Club Championship.
He’s a talented coach, and it doesn’t stop at the high school level. In addition to coaching the New Jersey club team, Blueprint, Nuñez began coaching Rutgers Machine and is currently developing a strong program to help them reach Nationals.
Head Coach Daniel Quaranta looks forward to working with such an accomplished coach. “Anthony brings a wealth of coaching experience to the team and understands the attention to detail that is required to succeed at this level,” says Quaranta. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have him as an integral part of the Rumble staff.”
Nuñez works closely with his players to produce championship caliber competitors. This past year, he coached 12 players at Club Nationals as well as 11 players at College Nationals – 7 of which won the National Championship with the University of Pittsburgh.
Leading the Rumble to the top of the Eastern Conference seems like a natural progression for Nuñez, yet of course his sights are set higher. “My hopes for this year’s team is to bring a championship to the New York area and to show the country how great a sport Ultimate truly is,” says Nuñez.
Number two on the list, like any New York sports fan, is matching up against the enemy. “While I cannot wait to compete against all of the teams,” says Nuñez, “I am really excited to face Boston.”
With the tryouts complete and the coaching staff in order, the Rumble are poised to assemble a team worthy of representing New York.