Cole Sullivan leads the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) in assists. Clearly, he is one of the cornerstones of the Jacksonville Cannons. He provided us with an inside look as to what it takes to compete on a weekly basis in the AUDL. River City Rogue will catch up with him frequently while the Cannons make its playoff push.
River City Rogue: What goes into your weekly routine leading up to a Saturday game-day?
Cole: After a Saturday game, Sunday usually consists of a light 3-mile jog just to keep everything loose. Tuesday we have a two-hour workout that involves an incredible amount of running/conditioning. Thursday is a little lighter practice focusing more on disc skills but still with conditioning. Sleep and hydration are stressed starting Thursday. Friday is a rest day with a good night’s sleep. Saturday we arrive at the fields around noon and go through walk-throughs and locker room talk. We have a late team lunch and come back ready to prepare for the game about two hours ahead of time when we begin our warmup.
RCR: Did you play other sports growing up? When did you know ultimate was going to be a long-term sport for you?
Cole: Yes! Much like almost every player on our team, I was very active in high school sports. I personally was a receiver on my high school football team and the captain of my tennis team. When I arrived at college, I was recruited to the frisbee team due to my height and never looked back. The guys that recruited me were all athletes and treated the sport very seriously, having a national championship to boast. I fed off their passion and seeking a national championship myself; dedicated myself to the sport. Ten years later and two national championships, here I am still loving the sport just as much as a I did when I started as a freshman in college.
RCR: How did you get signed by the Cannons?
Cole: (Team owner) Bill (Kilgannon) reached out to me due to my background in college and also previous competitive leagues. I was extremely interested in this league (American Ultimate Disc League) due to the structure it offered, and signing my contract here in Jacksonville was a no-brainer.
RCR: For someone who’s never heard of ultimate, how would you best describe it?
Cole: I like to describe the sport like a mixture of football and soccer. We have positions like football where there are designated “quarterbacks” and “receivers,” but it’s also similar to soccer in the fact that the action is constant and there is no down time in between plays. Like football, you score by having your team catch the frisbee in the end zone; however, even though we play on a football field, there is a slight dimension difference. Ultimate has 20-yard end zones and an 80-yard playing field, compared to 10-yard end zones and a 100-yard field for football. Additionally, like soccer, it’s “technically” a non-contact sport; but just like soccer, there are tons of collisions and physical plays. It’s extremely competitive with a lot of big-play potential.
RCR: You’re one of the top assists leaders in the AUDL. What are the keys to finding your teammates in the end zone?
Cole: Practice, chemistry and confidence. Playing for 10 years has really refined my throwing ability, but mainly I have been playing with a lot of the same people for all of those years. The players on offense know all of my tendencies and when I get the disc in a certain position, they know the exact space to cut towards to catch the goal. I’m not afraid to take difficult shots in crunch time and know I put in the time outside of the game to have confidence in myself to make those throws.
Find Cole on Twitter @colesullivan14 and learn more about the Cannons @JaxCannons and JaxCannons.com.