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SKIP KUHN

Inducted: 2015 - Player

Current Home: Katonah, N.Y.

Born: Feb. 11, 1961
 

 

Skip Kuhn was a standout, two-way star on NYNY from the beginning of their victory ride until the end, throwing the final goal to end the NYNY dynasty. His early years anchoring his high school team CRUD, the Atomic Dogs of SUNY Purchase and later Life B4 Plastic, prepared him to fill a pivotal role among many marquee players on NYNY. With excellent handling skills, blazing speed, tremendous jumping ability and  high intensity in every big game, Skip was one of the few players used interchangeably on offense and defense. He's acknowledged by many of his NYNY teammates as the best all-around player on New York’s star-studded roster. One example was the pivotal role Skip played executing NYNY’s pull play. Often the opposing players would know and communicate that Skip was going to be the first cut to begin the play, and still he would get open. Uncharacteristically for a guy his size, he played deep in the zone, relying on timing and athleticism. Skip ran circles around defenders on offense and was a menace to great offensive players while playing defense. Not usually loud or boisterous, he brought focus and consistency to NY throughout his career, rarely missing a practice. Skip was a formidable competitor; he's widely respected by his peers and teammates as an athlete who thrived for years at the very top of the game. A lifetime member of the UPA/USAU, Skip continues to play summer league and compete in the grand masters and great grand nasters divisions, and he also coaches at The Bronx High School of Science.

         


Playing Career | US Nationals | WFDF Worlds | Contributions & Service | Interview

Playing Career 

  • CRUD (Cross River Ultimate Disc)
  • NY Rage
  • Life B4 Plastic
  • SUNY Purchase/Atomic Dogs
  • New York 
  • Cojones
  • WSL
  • Randall’s Island
  • Cigar
  • CT Gods of Ulti
  • Moscow State


US National Championship Tournaments

Team    City    Division    Year   Placement
New York   New York   Open   1987   Champion
New York   New York   Open   1988   Third
New York   New York   Open   1989   Champion
New York   New York   Open   1990   Champion
New York   New York   Open   1991   Champion
New York   New York   Open   1993   Champion
Cojones   New York   Open   1995   Third
WUDI   Westchester   Open   1997   Fifth
Cigar   New York   Men's Masters   1998   Champion
Cigar   New York   Men's Masters   1999   Sixth
CT Gods of Ulti   Connecticut   Grand Masters   2009   11th
Moscow State   New York / Connecticut   Grand Masters   2015   11th

 

SKuhn 1992
Skip Kuhn, 1992
PHOTO CREDIT: unknown 
 

WFDF World Ultimate Championship Tournaments

Team   City   Div   Year   Event   Placement
U.S. (New York)   New York   Open   1988   WUGC   Champion
U.S. (New York)   New York   Open   1990    WUGC   Champion
New York   New York   Open   1991   WUCC   Champion
New York   New York   Open   1993   WUCC   Champion
U.S. (New York)   New York   Open   1994   WUGC   Champion
Randal's Island   New York   Open   1997   WUCC   Seventh
Cigar   New York   Masters   1999   WUCC   Champion
  

SKuhn 1989Nationals (Dan Hyslop)
Skip Kuhn at 1989 Nationals 
PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Hyslop

Skuhn DC

Contributions and Service  

I've coached Bronx Science since 2011. I coached SUNY Purchase Atomic Dogs in 1990.

I co-founded Turkey Bowl with Mike Daur and, thanks to Dan 0’Connor, it’s in its 33rd year and going strong!

SKuhn 1989 (Chuck Figur)
Skip at 1989 Nationals 
PHOTO CREDIT: Chuck Figur
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skuhn marking 1989Nats (Hyslop)
Skip on the mark at 1989 Nationals 
PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Hyslop


Interview

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

A:  I was a handler mostly, yet I started my career with NYNY as a defender, and eventually switched to offense where I played all positions to keep the defense honest. I played deep in zone defense.

Q: Describe your major accomplishments – both as a teammate and an individual player?

A:  A major accomplishment for me was earning the respect and confidence of my NYNY teammates. Another accomplishment was my involvement in executing the pull play, a significant part of of NYNY’s success. I would say an individual success was to have been able able to compete at the highest level for a long time with many different players and teams.

Memorable moments include:

1983 Middletown CT with the Greenwich Dukes vs B.A.D. My CRUD teammate Dave Coats got a block and the Duke players informed us "That was a block against Jim Herrick!"

1984 Brendan Byrne Arena Exhibition game at halftime of indoor soccer game with Van Halen’s "Jump"

1987 Fool’s Fest in Lawrence, Kansas. The Atomic Dogs defeat the Tunas while wearing thrift shop dresses. Amazing party, where else? A barn in a cornfield.

1987 Nationals Miami vs Windy City. After I threw a breakmark backhand for a goal, Karim Basta pounded my chest and said,"That’s what you need to do!" Then, later that night, when I finally madeit to the tournament party in the hotel, Eddie O’Malley said to me, "You’re a National Champion". Those Windy City guys did have a lot of class!

1988 WUGG’s in Leuven, semifinals vs Sweden. We were losing when I dropped a pass in the goal. I was sick to my stomach but we pulled it out.

1992 Nationals in Sanford, Fla. I had practiced and played with the team but did not attend nationals. At work, I got pumped when I heard that Bob Deman had dominated in the finals.

1999 Masters Nationals pool play vs a California team. After twice successfully running a four-man pull play, Cliff from LA yelled, "Watch for the pull play watch for Skip" Then, Nevo launched a 50-yard forehand which I caughtat full speed, without breaking stride, in the back corner of the end zone.

2015 My brother Chris told an inquiring childhood friend I have been inducted into the Hall of Fame and Eric asks me to autograph a disc for his nephew Milo, a freshman at Connecticut College. I wrote the following statement: "Read it like a glove Milo and jump early".

Q: Why did you stand out among the elite players of your time? What was it that you did best, or were known for?

A:  I believe I was able to stand out because on defense I could cover anyone and, on offense, I always got open in the big games. I was committed to being in the best physical condition and was dedicated to improve my throwing skills. I was a dedicated practice player, which showed in my consistency on the field and my reliability in clutch moments.

Q: What was your role with the best (or most overachieving) team that you played on?

A:  I thoroughly enjoyed being a "lunch-pail" role player on NYNY. My strong defense and subsequent "Kentucky O" provided more confidence from teammates, which then earned me a slot to the offense where I was the first cut for Weiss, then threw it to Crib or Ken, who then threw it to the othesr for goals.

Q: What year was the peak of your career? 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 My peak year was 1993 Madison and then ‘94 Worlds. NYNY’s success in England, in typical come-from-behind fashion, without Pat King and Ken, was very gratifying for me. I continue to play competitively either in WUDI Summer League with the young college guys, or 2015 grand masters and great grandmasters East Hampton.

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

A:  I am honored to have been selected. I believe it is my high level of throwing skill, craftiness, reliability and longevity. I was able to perform and deliver in big moments throughout my career on a dominant team that raised the level of play in our sport.

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