SOURCE: Chicago Wildfire

April 22, 2015 12:00 ET

Chicago Wildfire Gear Up for 2015 Season

The Midwest Ultimate Team Welcomes New Coach and Players to Roster

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - April 22, 2015) - The Chicago Wildfire, the Midwest's premiere American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) team, kicks off its season home opener at 3pm, Saturday, April 25, at Benedictine College with new head coach, Chris Ashbrook. Ashbrook was named head coach earlier this month.

This is Ashbrook's first coaching position after an extensive 18 years playing the sport at the highest level as a cutter. He has played for some of the best teams in the nation, including Chicago's elite club team, Chicago Machine.

"We're really excited to welcome Chris Ashbrook to the Chicago team as head coach," said Steve Gordon, AUDL commissioner, based here in Chicago. "I'm expecting a successful season for Chris and this group of elite players competing for the Wildfire."

The team also announced the arrival of Brett Matzuka from Kansas City. Matzuka, hailed as a game changer, previously played for the 2014 national champion men's division elite club team, Johnny Bravo, in Denver, Colorado. He also just returned from participating on the world championship U.S. team at the recent World Championships of Beach Ultimate 2015, where he was accompanied by Jonathan "Goose" Helton, captain of the Wildfire and two-time AUDL MVP. 

Gordon also confirmed that Brodie Smith, the sport's most well-known ultimate disc professional, will be returning to the Chicago team for his third season. Smith has had a major impact on the growing popularity of the AUDL through personal, world-wide appearances and sponsored events. His almost 2 million online fans have shared his viral trick-shot videos across the globe with many garnering 5 to 15+ million views and have made him a YouTube sensation. (i.e.:

"The Chicago team is seeing a lot of change, with these new guys, but they're joining an already outstanding group. Chicago fans have a lot to look forward to," added Gordon.

About the American Ultimate Disc League

The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is the first and largest professional ultimate league in the world. It strives to maintain the sport's rich history, and its 25 franchises embody the robust spirit of ultimate's players, fans and community alike. The league's mission is to increase the visibility of one of North America's fastest growing sports by creating fun, family-friendly events that showcase the sport being played at its highest level. For more information on the Chicago Wildfire, visit:

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