Photo by Scobel Wiggins – UltiPhotos.com
The Vancouver Nighthawks are proud to announce the signing of their new Assistant Coach, Jeff Cruickshank.
Hailing from Richmond, British Columbia, Cruickshank started playing Ultimate for UBC in 1993. As Canadian Ultimate gained serious momentum in the 90s, Cruickshank jumped aboard and never looked back.
Over the past two decades, Cruickshank has built a playing and coaching resume any Ultimate devotee would envy. One of the original members of Vancouver’s Furious George and Captain from 1999-2007, as a handler he was instrumental in their 2002, 2003 and 2005 UPA Club Championships.
During his years with Furious George, Cruickshank also took home two gold medals (1998, 2004) and a bronze (2000) with Team Canada at the WFDF Championships. He helped Team Canada continue their domination at the World Games, bringing home a gold in 2001 and a bronze in 2005.
Cruickshank easily transitioned into coaching in 2008 with the Vancouver women’s club team Traffic, leading the squad until 2012. He returned to the World Games as the coach of Team Canada in 2009, and will coach the team again in the upcoming 2013 games.
With over 15 years of captaining and coaching experience, Cruickshank is poised to bring another championship to Vancouver. “My goal is to help build a team that is mentally strong and tough to play against while still respecting our opponents and the game,” says Cruickshank. “We want to be a team that plays with the highest level of focus and desire.”