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DOMINIQUE FONTENETTE

Inducted: 2018 - Player

Hometown: Seattle, Wash.

Born: May 20, 1975

 

 

Dominique has been a dominant force in the women’s division since she first began to play. Winning the Callahan Award and a national title during her time at Stanford, she continued playing with premier women’s teams in the Bay Area and Boston and currently plays in Seattle with Riot. Over the length of her career, Dom has been a key team member with four UPA National Championships in the club women’s division and six WFDF World Championship titles in multiple divisions, including being named to six U.S. National Teams – a remarkable feat. In addition to being continuously successful on the field, she has displayed exemplary sportsmanship and fair play at every level. Dom’s athleticism and versatility as a player contribute to her ability to fill many different roles on the team/field and has enabled her to easily integrate into new systems and teams. 

Dom has participated in many teaching clinics over the last couple of decades (U.S., Japan, Uganda) and, more recently, organized a clinic for East African players (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda) in Kisumu, Kenya. And throughout this exemplary ultimate career, Dom practices as an emergency medicine physician. 

 

 


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

   

Playing Career

Year
Team Name
1993-1997   Stanford
1994   Condors
1995   D'Fense
1997-2000, 2005-2006   Fury
2001-2004, 2007-2008   Lady Godiva
2009-2011   Brute Squad
2012-2018   Riot

 

Contributions and Service

Year
Team Name
2000-2001   Stanford assistant coach
2012-2013   UCLA assistant coach/consultant

  

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Dom skies for the "D" for Riot against Scandal during the nationals' semifinals

  

 

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Dom launches a backhand pass at the 2010 WUCC for Brute Squad

US National Championship Tournaments

Name    City    Year    Division    Placing
Superfly   Stanford   1994   College   Regionals
Superfly   Stanford   1995   College   Second
D'Fense   San Francisco   1995   Women   Pool
Superfly   Stanford   1996   College   Semifinals
Superfly   Stanford   1997   College   Champion
Fury   San Francisco   1999   Women's   Champion
Fury   San Francisco   2000   Women's   Semifinals
Lady Godiva   Boston   2001   Women's   Champion
Lady Godiva   Boston   2002   Women's   Champion
Lady Godiva   Boston   2003   Women's   Semifinals
Lady Godiva   Boston   2004   Women's   Semifinals
Fury   San Francisco   2005   Women's   Semifinals
Fury   San Francisco   2006   Women's   Champion
Lady Godiva   Boston   2007   Women's   Semifinals
Lady Godiva   Boston   2008   Women's   Quarterfinals
Brute Squad   Boston   2009   Women's   Second
Brute Squad   Boston   2010   Women's   Semifinals
Brute Squad   Boston   2011   Women's   Pool
Riot   Seattle   2012   Women's   Second
Riot   Seattle   2013   Women's   Semifinals
Bayland Kite Flying Team   San Francisco   2013   Women's Masters   Second
Riot   Seattle   2014   Women's   Semifinals
Riot   Seattle   2015   Women's   Semifinals
Bayland Kite Flying Team   San Francisco   2015   Women's Masters   Champion
Riot   Seattle   2016   Women's   Second
iRot   Seattle   2017   Women's Masters   Semifinals


WFDF World Ultimate Championships

Name    City    Year    Venue    Placing
U.S. National Team       2001   Akita, Japan   Second
Lady Godiva   Boston   2002   Honolulu, Hawaii   Third
U.S. National Team       2005   Duisburg, Germany   Champion
Brute Squad   Boston   2010   Praha-Revnov, Czech Republic   Semifinals
U.S. National Team       2012   Sakai, Japan   Champion
Riot   Seattle   2014   Lecco, Italy   Champion
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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Dom lays out flat for the disc for Riot at the 2017 US Open
 

Interview

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

A: Early in my career, I was a defensive handler, then I transitioned to being an offensive cutter/receiver.

Q: Please describe your major accomplishments - both as a teammate and individual.

A: I am proud of having been a part of several teams that went from developmental level to national championship quality teams. Excluding D’Fense and Lady Condors, I have held a leadership role on each of my club teams as well as my college and several of the national teams.

I also won the Callahan award in 1997.

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 believe my athleticism and versatility as a player made me stand out. I was able to perform many different roles on the team well and in a spirited manner. This made it easy to integrate into new systems and teams.

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

A: Difficult question. Every team I’ve played on has had a "best" category in my mind. Perhaps the most "overachieving team" was 1999 Fury. We won nationals after having not won any preseason tournaments. My role on that team was in the handling position.

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: I believe my peak "athleticism" playing years were between 2001 and 2006 as a cutter. Now, I increasingly rely on intellect to counter balance the effect of 25 years of ultimate on the body. I am primarily an offensive cutter on a deeply talented team. In general, my role on the team is to create opportunities for each of our players on the field to do what they do best. A lot of times, that means creating space, making well timed utility cuts that draw defenses and being opportunistic instead of being the flashy player of the past.

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: I was the assistant coach Stanford from 2000-2001, and an assistant coach/consultant UCLA from 2012-2013.

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

A:  I have participated in many teaching clinics over the last couple of decades (US, Japan, Uganda).

In 2017, I organized a clinic for East African (Tanzania/Kenya/Uganda) players in Kisumu Kenya.

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

A: I think my on-field accomplishments are noteworthy, but really that is for others to decide.

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