The Seattle Rainmakers are proud to announce the recent signing of Andy Lovseth as Assistant Coach. Lovseth will aid Head Coach Ben Wiggins in every aspect of the Rainmakers’ play, from practices to strategy and games.
Lovseth is a triple threat with experience as a player, coach and coordinator. He began playing in 1995 at New Options Middle School in Seattle, WA alongside such celebrated Seattle Ultimate players as former Sockeyes Alex Nord and Aly Lenon and Riot’s Caitlin Cordell. Lovseth continued playing through high school at Garfield and in college with Western Washington University’s Dirt, captaining his senior year, before taking on a coaching role with the team from 2007-2009 with none other than Ben Wiggins.
In 2008, the two co-founded The Huddle, an online Ultimate magazine. The next year saw them join forces yet again to direct a tournament, the Emerald City Classic.
Lovseth returned to the Seattle area and became Head Coach of the Lakeside School Boys’ Varsity Ultimate team (2009-present) and was able to take on the same role for the Women’s team last year. He also coached Seattle Sockeye in 2011 and joined forces with Wiggins once more in 2012 to coach Seattle Voodoo.
In the last year, Lovseth has been busy working with RISE UP Ultimate, which he co-founded with Mario O’Brien and Elliot Trotter.
All this brings us to today: Andy and Ben are putting their heads together once again to lead the Seattle Rainmakers to glory in the first season of Major League Ultimate. “I am looking forward to working with Ben for the third time in my coaching career. We have a great relationship that fuels hard work, fun and ultimately success,” says Lovseth.
Lovseth was present for the U-23 and Open Tryouts earlier this month, albeit in an unofficial capacity, and he was duly impressed: “With the talent coming out of both the U-23 and Open Combines, Seattle is going to be fiercely competitive this year,” says Lovseth. “The Rainmakers will be, I think, the hardest working team on the continent. I am excited to have a chance to work with the best players in the city, if not the country. These players are world-class, and I’m excited to see what we’ll be able to do on the field.”
Although few will be surprised by the choice of Lovseth, age 28, for the role, he absolutely has the attitude, experience and knowledge to back up his appointment. “The MLU is shaping up to be a very competitive league, with what looks to be an exciting first season. I’m proud to be a part of it,” he says.