We are proud to announce the signing of Andrew Lugsdin as General Manager and Head Coach of the Vancouver Nighthawks.
A longtime Ultimate player and captain, Andrew has landed in Vancouver to lead the Nighthawks to the MLU crown.
“Vancouver has an established track record of producing great players and great teams, ” says Lugsdin. “With the Nighthawks, we want to tap into that and work towards winning the MLU Championships. The players here are excited about the opportunity and we’re going to do whatever we can to enable them to succeed.”
Andrew discovered Ultimate in 1989 in Ottawa and Montreal, playing for Ottawa Wax from 1991 to 1996. He headed west and played with Seattle Sockeye for one year and then with Furious George from 1997 to 2010, where he was captain for most of those years. During that period, Furious won the UPA Championships three times.
Andrew has also been a member of the Canadian National team from 1994-2008, winning three gold medals and two bronze medals. Additionally, he represented Canada at the 2005 World Games where the team won the bronze medal.
Andrew sees the potential in Major League Ultimate, and he knows Vancouver fans will rally to support the Nighthawks. “For a long time, I’ve believed that a professional league that could showcase Ultimate to the world was overdue,” says Lugsdin. “I love the game and want to see the top players have a platform where everyone can enjoy watching them compete. I’m excited to help contribute to that vision in whatever way I can and I’m excited to see Vancouver have a franchise. I know this city’s unbelievable Ultimate community will support this team.”