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ANGELA LIN

Inducted: 2018 - Player

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Born: Aug. 4, 1977

 

 

Angela Lin began her career at Georgia Tech in the mid-1990s and thereafter spent the majority of her career with Ozone. Early on, she committed to developing her offensive skills and was one of the pioneers of breakmark throws.

As her career progressed, so did she. She worked tirelessly to continue pushing her fitness, speed, power and durability, allowing her to develop outstanding defensive skills as well. She was aggressive without being too physical. With her closing speed and endurance, she could battle with anyone. Angela is a true all-around player who has always played with great spirit, no matter how important the moment.

As a leader, Angela inspires her teammates with her actions and supportive words. She has earned the respect of all of her opponents and teammates.

She currently is a co-owner and co-captain of Atlanta Soul, a new professional women’s team in Atlanta. Angela has given back to ultimate by hosting many women’s clinics, captained many seasons, coached high school and club teams and been a true ambassador for our sport.   

 

 


Playing Career | US Nationals | WFDF Worlds | Contributions & ServiceInterview

   

Playing Career

Year
Team Name
1996-2015   Ozone
2001   University of Georgia
2013-2015   Bayland Kite Flying Team
2016   Point Break

 

Contributions and Service

Year
Team Name
1999-2001   AFDC Terminus Women's Tournament Director
2001-2002   Paideia Groove coach
2008   Atlanta ATLiens coach
2011-present   AFDC Social Director
2014-2018   MELD coach
2016-2017   USAU Southeast Men's Regional Coordinator
2017-present   Atlanta Orbit coach

 

 

 

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Angela Lin lays out for the score at the 2013 Club Terminus in Atlanta, Ga.

 

 

 

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Angela Lin serves up a backhand at the 2009 Condors

 

US National Championship Tournaments

Name    City    Year    Division    Placing
Ozone   Atlanta   1996   Women's   Second
Ozone   Atlanta   1997   Women's   Quarterfinals
Ozone   Atlanta   1998   Women's   Champion
Ozone   Atlanta   1999   Women's   Quarterfinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2000   Women's   Pool
Ozone   Atlanta   2001   Women's   Semifinals
HoDawgs   University of Georgia   2001   College   Champions
Ozone   Atlanta   2002   Women's   Semifinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2003   Women's   Quarterfinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2004   Women's   Quarterfinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2005   Women's   Semifinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2006   Women's   Quarterfinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2008   Women's   Semifinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2009   Women's   Quarterfinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2010   Women's   Pool
Ozone   Atlanta   2011   Women's   Pool
Ozone   Atlanta   2012   Women's   Quarters
Ozone   Atlanta   2013   Women's   Pool
Bayland Kite Flying Team   San Francisco   2013   Women's Masters   Second
Ozone   Atlanta   2014   Women's   Quarterfinals
Ozone   Atlanta   2015   Women's   Pool
Bayland Kite Flying Team   San Francisco   2015   Women's Masters   Champion
Point Break   Los Angeles   2016   Mixed   Second


WFDF World Ultimate Championships

Name    City    Year    Venue    Placing
Ozone   Atlanta   1997   Vancouver, Canada   Fifth
Ozone   Atlanta   1999   St. Andrews, Scotland   14th
Ozone   Atlanta   2002   Honolulu, Hawaii   Second
Ozone   Atlanta   2006   Perth, Australia   Fourth
Showdown   Texas   2010   Praha-Brevnov, Czech Republic   15th
U.S. National Team       2015   Dubai, UAE   Champion
U.S. National Team       2016   London, UK   Champion
U.S. National Team       2017   Royce, France   Champion

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 Angela Lin gives herself up for the disc
at the World Championships of Beach Ultimate



 

Interview

Q: What position(s) (e.g., handler, deep cutter, middle middle) did you usually play?

A: I was a handler.

Q: Please describe your major accomplishments - botrh as a teammate and individual, including any additional activities / roles you played as a coach, team captain or ultimate organizer.

A: Callahan Award runner up / top three 1999, 2000, 2001; Pufahl Spirit Award Nominee 2009.

Q: Please explain why you stood out among the elite players of your time.  What was it that you did best, or were known for? 

A: I feel that I’m well known for being a consistent, hard-working continuation handler who attacks with a lot of break side throws and with up line cuts. Also, I feel I’m well known for my adaptiveness, work ethic and willingness to push to grow my skills as the sport has changed. At some point in the mid to late 2000s, I really targeted defensive footwork/hygiene, because I knew that, with improvements in efficiency, I could be that defender who was going to frustrate you both by shutting down the open side and by being able to make up ground to get blocks if I got beat by a step. I also feel like I’m known for being a captain who pushed teammates to focus more on team building, mental preparation and toughness during my last two years with Ozone in 2014 and 2015.

Q: What role did you play on the best (or most overachieving team) that you played on?

A: Defensive handler – playing tight defense usually on cutters then anchoring the defense’s offense once we got the turn.

Q: What year was the peak of your career?  During which years were you playing as the "stud" of your team?  If you continued playing after your peak years, how did your role change?  In what year did you stop playing at the top competitive level?

A: This is a tough question. My peak years, if you define those as where I thought I could be a contender for U.S. National Team level of play, was probably 2001-2009 or so. I was an alternate for the 2005 World Games team. However, I think the way I’ve tried to frame growth and physical training in the 2010-2015 timeframe, after not making the cut for the World Games team in 2009, was to really buckle down on specifics to make gains in areas like defensive footwork and efficiency, mental strength and durability (changing physical workout and weight room tactics, finding new mental toughness reading and exercises). After the 2013 World Games team tryouts, I felt like I’d had a really excellent tryout and had implemented the plan I’d made. But, again, I did not quite make the cut and was pretty down about it. I re-upped my commitment to physical/mental training, but also to trying to impact others so that perhaps my younger teammates could start utilizing some of the lessons and knowledge I felt like I learned or found an understanding about too late in the game: how to train mentally, how to make a real plan to make physical training gains, how to really build good individual and team goals that you can hold yourself accountable for (all those were high on the list). I made it a personal goal as captain to impart as much of these strategies as possible in 2014 and 2015, and to also simultaneously maintain a high level of contribution as a player. In my opinion, I achieved that and had great performances at nationals in those two years. I ended my career with Ozone in 2015, but I have been playing with LOL since 2017. Additionally, I have won gold in three worlds tournaments (two WCBUs and one WUGC) in the masters division between 2015-17.

Q: Have you served in an official capacity as an officer, committee member, coordinator, or volunteer for USA Ultimate/UPA or other recognized ultimate or disc sports organization, or as a coach of a team?  Describe role and dates served.

A:  Coach Atlanta YCC ATLiens (HS Mixed) 2008; Coach Paideia Groove (HS Women) 2001-2002; Coach MELD (HS Women) 2014-2018; Coach Atlanta Orbit (Club Women) 2017-present; AFDC Terminus Women’s TD 1999-2001; Atlanta Flying Disc Club Social Director 2011-present; USAU Southeast Mens Regional Coordinator 2016-2017

Q: Have you made other contributions to the development of ultimate?

A:  Maddy Frey and I cofounded (and currently co-captain) Atlanta Soul in 2018 – Atlanta’s new womens professional team.

Q: Why do you believe you are worthy of being inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame?

A: Also a tough question – I was certainly not expecting this right now. But, I think I’ve encompassed some of the reasons in the answers to the previous several questions. Something I had really focused on in later years of my career with Ozone was to make a positive impact on how the younger players conceptualize becoming better ultimate players and athletes and humans. I think that this type of leadership is not very straightforward and requires a lot of patience and communication, but I also feel like I found success in being the type of leader who influences a large group of younger players through actions, even still today through coaching and playing. I also feel that my longevity and maintenance of real contributions on elite club women's teams from around 2000 through 2015 are a big part of why Chris nominated me. I think being able to adapt and adjust as the sport has changed (especially to being more physical) are really important things, and I feel like I’ve done that. Also, in my estimation, I've become a physically and mentally stronger player and leader toward the end of my career. I may not have been truly ‘dominating’ the other team’s most dangerous weapons for that whole timeframe, but I feel like I’ve been giving those women a super hard time for a long time. I also feel like people in the broad community respect me for my level headedness, calm presence and belief in fairness and SOTG - no matter if we’re playing at league or at nationals or at worlds.

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