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This week on the Steel City Nation podcast we'll be interviewing Mark Mendelelevitz of the American Ultimate Disc League. Mendelovitz grew up in Rockville, MD and played youth sports here and there, mostly soccer and basketball. He was a varsity football his senior year as well. But he was always a Lego and model rocket kid at heart - so I attended Florida Tech to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. He continued to fuel his passion for sports when he played collegiate ultimate frisbee for 4 years. After college he worked at the Kennedy Space Center for 5 years and coached ultimate at Florida Tech. He continued to coach through 2019 as he ventured westward in Florida to Orlando and then Tampa. After college he gained interest in properly training for performance and became fascinated in "mental toughness" and sports psychology. He began playing for the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) in 2016 with the Tampa Bay Cannons, formerly of Jacksonville. At the beginning of 2020 he started his dream job for a small engineering company in Tucson, Arizona. Mark currently plays for the San Diego Growlers, the closest team to Tucson he could find. They are the back-to-back Western Division champions, although the 2020 season cancellation might have helped.
We will discuss with Mark his passion for sports and why he decided to get into ultimate. How his impact from his youth helped him to play at a professional level of the sport. What rules and strategy looks like in the AUDL. How plans to go forward with the sport and what if any coaching career he sees going forward.
Decade Definers will have Mark sharing his most memorable moments as an athlete playing in the AUDL.
You can find more information about Mark and the AUDL and San Diego Growlers
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