The Minnesota Wind Chill are excited to announce the hiring of both Erin Mirocha and Todd Owens, who will serve as assistant coaches for the 2018 American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) season. Todd and Erin will join Phil Bowen, the head coach of the Wind Chill, in helping direct and guide the team to their first ever midwest division championship in 2018.
Erin Mirocha started playing ultimate during her time at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. She competed with the team from 2001 to 2005, captaining the team in all but her first year on the team. Erin has played on various club teams in Twin Cities since graduating college, and currently serves as a captain of Bird in the USA Ultimate (USAU) mixed division heading into the 2018 season. Erin’s coaching experience runs deep, and began at Hopkins High School in 2008, where she coached the Hopkins Women’s team to their highest finish ever at the Minnesota state tournament (second place). She continued on with Hopkins ultimate to be the head coach of the men’s team from 2010 to 2015, where she led the program to three state and central region titles. She coached the Minnesota U-19 YCC Mixed team from 2009 to 2014, and led them to a first place finish in 2009. This past year, she gained experience in the college division through her coaching of St. Benedict and St. John’s. Interesting enough, Erin has coached nine of the rostered 2018 Wind Chill players as some point during their playing career. Outside of coaching, Erin is heavily involved with the ultimate community through various volunteer efforts with USAU and Minnesota Ultimate.
Todd Owens attended college at St. Cloud State University from 1998 to 2003, where he played and captained Luckydog Ultimate during all five seasons he was a member of the team. He started playing with Minneapolis Sub Zero in the 2001, playing 10 consecutive club seasons with the team. During that time, he had the opportunity to play in the World Championships in both 2002 (Hawaii) and 2006 (Australia), and captained the team in his final two seasons in 2009 and 2010. Todd began playing with Surly Ultimate in the USAU master’s division immediately following his tenure with Sub Zero, and continues to play for the team heading into 2018. He has won four national championships with Surly (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), and competed with the team at World’s in 2012 (Japan) and 2014 (Italy). He will be looking to help secure Surly Ultimate’s first men’s masters world championship this August when the group heads north of the border to Winnipeg.