Founded in 1999, UNCA ultimate has seen numerous fantastic players throughout its history. After a period of success in the early 2000s, the team devolved into a less competitive team until the arrival of current coach Kyle Silva in 2010. Silva established the drive to qualify for Nationals at UNCA, and though this goal was never realized in Silva’s playing career, this vision for the program was furthered by former captains Sam Fontaine, Ari Livanos, Clint McSherry and current captains Chad Gerber and Charlie Bridger, all of whom played in Silva’s last season. Fall 2013 saw the name of the team change to Bulldogs, the mascot of the university. UNCA has had seven different North Carolina YCC players since 2010, with one YCC rookie each of the past five years. Consistency in the leadership of the team and the return of Kyle Silva as coach brought Asheville its first Nationals berth in 2016, and now the Bulldogs have qualified for Nationals for a second consecutive year. UNCA is looking to improve upon their 2016 finish after dropping a 4-0 lead over semifinalist Air Force in pre-quarters and seeking to win a national championship in 2017.
College Championship Appearances