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Seattle Rainmakers superstar Frank Barich predicts that this season is going to be a squall.
At 6-foot-3 and 187 pounds, Frank Devin Barich is a beast. He’s quick, he’s tenacious on either side of the disc, and as attendees of last weekend’s matchup against Portland can attest, he’s as dangerous horizontally as he is vertically.
Though Barich only began playing Ultimate about a decade ago, he has certainly made the most of his time. He got started playing for Gonzaga University’s men’s team, GURU, and upon graduating picked up with Voodoo. Barich’s success in the club circuit put him on Sockeye’s radar, and he was added to the Fish roster in 2010. With Seattle’s premier club team, Barich developed his speed and throws to become one of the most versatile young players in the world.
But the life of a professional athlete is never an easy one, and Barich’s signing with the Rainmakers has led to scheduling conflicts that have forced him to make some serious decisions about his professional life outside of Ultimate.
“I have been working in the food industry as a cook, so my schedule is hectic and always changing. Adjusting to fit professional Ultimate has been incredibly difficult. I am actually leaving my current job as a station cook at a luxury hotel for one that will allow me to play and keep me healthy. It’s kind of a crazy move, but I do love the sport and playing enough to make a work schedule that fits my life plans.”
Barich’s story illuminates the difficulty that Ultimate players around the world have experienced as they try to balance a rigorous playing and training schedule and everything that goes into their personal and professional lives. And yet he still finds time in his already packed days to work as a private chef and coach varsity soccer.
“He just makes magic happen on the field,” said Assistant General Manager Gemma Pérez. “Yes, Frank is incredibly athletic, but we’ve come to expect that from all the Rainmakers. It’s the amazing plays that he’s able to pull off time and time again plus his overwhelming commitment to the team that makes him stand out.”
If his performance at the Western Conference Preseason Showcase against the Portland Stags was any indicator, fans can expect a very strong showing from FDB.