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New York announced on Tuesday the addition of two new coaches for the 2015 season.
In addition to returning Head Coach Anthony Nuñez, Ari Weitzman joins the staff as a head coach and Eileen Murray joins as an assistant coach.
“I am excited to see what Weitzman and Murray will add to the team,” said General Manager Michelle Kondracki. “Both coaches are strong leaders who take pride in developing game strategies that take advantage of the strengths of the team as a whole.”
Nuñez returns this year as the head coach after coaching the Rumble the past two seasons. He began his ultimate career playing at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, and returned to coach the Columbia team as a freshman at William Paterson University. Nuñez has coached at various levels since 2007 including the youth level in the Delaware Valley Youth League (DEVYL). He has also coached the New Jersey coed team, Blueprint and the Rutgers men’s team, Machine.
A defensive specialist, Weitzman has played competitive ultimate since 2005 with the University of Chicago, the University of Pittsburgh, the club team Oakland Ultimate and most recently with the New Jersey club team, Garden State. As a player, Weitzman placed third at college nationals in 2010, and helped the Rumble finish third in the Eastern Conference in 2013, the MLU’s inaugural season.
Weitzman helped lead the University of Pittsburgh to consecutive USA Ultimate College National Championships as an assistant coach in 2012 and 2013, and was named Metro East Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading Rutgers to its first ever regional championship.
Assistant Coach Eileen Murray began playing ultimate in Atlanta, Georgia in 1998. She played for the club team Ozone until 2006, captaining the team for three years. She has experience on the international stage as well, having attended three WFDF Club Championships.
Murray has coached ultimate since 2000 at both the high school and college level. She coached the Woodward Academy ultimate team until 2005, leading the team to the UPA Junior Invitational Championship in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and the High School Eastern Championship in 2005. She also coached the University of Georgia Hodawgs from 2005 to 2007, leading them to college nationals in their first year. In 2008, Murray coached the Team USA World Junior Girls team as well, helping them place third overall.
“They are not afraid to tell it like it is,” said Kondracki. “After a tough season last year, I think they are a perfect addition to the coaching staff and will compliment Coach Nuñez well.”