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Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116110] Wed, 16 May 2012 21:35 Go to next message
Hack
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Lang on the Field

I have had the absolute pleasure of coaching Lindsay Lang for four years and being her teammate for one of those years. She has an extensive ultimate resume beginning in 2009, when she played on Pleiades as a 17 year old freshman. That first year we trusted her skill set during many valuable points at Nationals in Columbus, and she played fantastically. Then, that summer, the Triangle sent our first ever youth teams to the Youth Club Championships. With a girls' team of only 11, Lang led the team to the Finals against a Seattle team that had over 60 girls at try outs. If I remember correctly, Queen Anne's Revenge scored the most against Seattle's team that weekend in pool play. The following summer, 2010, Lindsay made Team USA and represented NC proudly as our first-ever female participant. That same summer, she was a member of the new club team Phoenix, which finished in quarterfinals at the USAU Club National Championships. This spectacular year was followed up with leading Pleiades to a quarters finish at College Nationals in 2011 - first time for UNC since 2002 - and securing a spot on the Atlantic Coast All-region team.
In 2011 Pleiades graduated 10 of 21 players including Callahan winner Leila Tunnell and three other all-region players. Did that phase second year captain Lindsay Lang? No. She pushed the team to be better and stronger, convinced that we were a program that would be relatively unfazed by graduating a significant portion of our 2011 roster. Right she was...and here we are, back at the big dance for the fifth year in a row. And, we did it convincingly, with Lang leading the charge for the second year in a row. I am not surprised by the accolades she has received lately such as a nod for the Skyd All-American team.

And, that's just Lindsay Lang on the field.

Lang off the Field

Off the field...she is a whole other animal.

She has been directing QCTU for the past three years. In the past three years - with the guidance of Without Limits - Lang has been the driving force to expand the tournament to include a wider variety of teams. In 2010 the tournament had 16 teams. The next year saw an expansion to 20 teams--plus a qualifier the weekend before which took place in Chapel Hill and included 10 more teams. This year, 2012's QCTU and QCTU Qualifier saw the same, high number of teams. She ran and orchestrated these tournaments perfectly, despite uncontrollables such as epic snowstorms and teams dropping at the last minute. Not only did she answer all 200 phone calls personally, but she also performed on the field, leading UNC to two consecutive finals appearances and one championship. Because of Lang, the size of QCTU almost doubled on the women's side, providing more opportunity for play for all!!!

(Check out Michelle Ng's endorsement of Lang here: http://withoutlimitsultimate.blogspot.com/2012/05/callahan-t houghts.html)

In addition to her work for the college division, she has been a coach of the open high school team at Carrboro High School for the past three years. In its third year, the team took third place at the High School State Tournament. In another effort to help the high schoolers in the area, Lang guest coaches at Triangle Youth Ultimate League's U-20 Girls League during the winter. Lindsay Lang understands "pay it forward" better than most and we would be wise to take a page out of her book☺

I also have had the pleasure of being Lang's teammate. And, I can say, without a doubt, she is the best teammate you will ever meet. She is committed. She is selfless. She plays for the love of the game and for her teammates. She is coachable. And, she believes wholeheartedly in Spirit of the Game. Lang is the type of teammate I cannot wait to be on the line with, wear the same jersey as, and win or lose, I wouldn't regret a second.

Lindsay Lang for Callahan!

Lindsey Hack
UNC-CH Women's Coach

Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116129 is a reply to message #116110] Thu, 17 May 2012 10:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
emjohns
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Obviously Lindsay Lang is a great player, and I think that's clear to everyone who's ever watched us play. But the thing that I think separates her from a lot of the other top college women I've seen play this year, is the consistent level of greatness she maintains throughout each point she plays. It's not about the great plays or even advancing it at all, which she does quite her fair share of, but it's the way that she's there for all her other teammates 100% every minute of every point. I'm having trouble describing it, but I'd just like to emphasize that, besides being a big playmaker, she's also the binding that holds the team together during each point.

Also, quick nod to her youth involvement, which I personally feel is way way way important. She coaches a high school team that has become one of the top teams in the state, but that just a few years ago when I was in high school around here, didn't even exist. That takes time, energy, and dedication, especially when she also has to coach girls league, captain unc, run a bunch of sizable tournaments, and I guess go to school occasionally and be a chem/math major or whatever ridiculous thing she does.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116221 is a reply to message #116110] Sun, 20 May 2012 18:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Britta
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I met Lang a little less than three years ago as a graduate student, when I joined Pleiades to play out the last 2 seasons of my college eligibility. Lindsay was at the start of her sophomore year and we despite a nearly 5-year age gap, I quickly realized she was exactly what I was looking for.
A pinpoint, outside-in, flick huck that I would spend the next two college and one club season chasing after.

Certainly Lang belongs in the top echelon of college players this year. Yes, but Callahan? Let me explain.
The Callahan award isn't an MVP award, as so many have previously argued. So, for me to argue that she is the single most talented player in college women's ultimate is unnecessary.

On top of living together and playing Pleiades and Phoenix together, Lindsa y and I started something else about a month after I met her in 2009. We, along with Heather Zimmerman, Matt Koh and Paul Corbett started to coach a brand new high school ultimate team in Carrboro, aptly named the Carrboro Clams (yes, we're land-locked, yes, screaming GO CLAMS from the sideline is as much fun as you are imagining).
That year we believed in a 1:2 coaching ratio and took our 5 coaches and 11 players to North Carolina HS States and placed 6th, it was a blistering weekend in Charlotte but we were hooked, players and coaches alike. Lindsay, Heather and I wanted nothing more than for the essence of what playing on Pleiades means to carry over to the Clams...but we weren't sure how exactly it would translate a team of 14-17 year old boys (we didn't have any girls until year 2).
Turns out, the spirit of the game translates pretty well to high school boys...and the cuddling? Even better. [We found them on the sideline at States this year playing 'human jenga'].
We returned to states in 2011 with a couple more people and continued to improve; however, it wasn't until 2012 that the Clams really hit their stride.
With Lang and Heather by my side we watched as each Clam fell in love with Ultimate and then recruited 2-3 more Clams to the team. We attended Queen City Tune Up this spring (er...winter, if you're from Florida), a tournament that Lang was running while playing with Pleiades and captaining the team. Heather and I held down the fort with frequent visits from Lang during her byes. The Clams, with a roster of 23 (and 3 girls!) rose from 6th seed to win the tournament.

We won something. We called subs. We HAD subs. Mind = Blown. Did I mention the 40mph winds that weekend? That I had parents asking me at what point the game would be called on account of wind?

Turns out, winning is awesome. Crazier still, winning isn't everything. This year the Clams placed 3rd in the State with Lindsay and I switching off clipboard/sub-calling duty and line-calling duty with Heather.

Common coaching sideline chatter:
pull goes up
Lang: I told them to go man, backhand. What are they doing?
Heather: Looks like a zone with a box and one
Britta: What are they DOING??
Lang: Oh my god. They got a turn. Whatever. I called Max as an endzone iso.
Britta: Max is back handling
long tense pause
Heather: WHAT ARE THEY DOING!?
gasping noises
Lang: Oh. Wow. They just scored. Ok, someone else go call the line.

Playing ultimate is pretty awesome. Coaching ultimate with sub-2 minutes between points to tell the line what defense and offense to run is challenging. Watching from the sideline as your plan doesn't always work out...or even get put into effect requires a great deal of patience.
If you have ever covered Lindsay on the field you probably remember a couple things
1) Your coach told you not to get broken by her IO flick
2) She never stopped running
3) If there was a call she always handled it calmly and respectfully.
4) You probably got broken. If not by her IO flick, then by her high release backhand.

In all honesty, what sets Lindsay Lang apart from some of the other deserving nominees this week is that she is more than just a good player and a good teammate. Lindsay is a good opponent. She doesn't call fouls in the off chance that the observer will rule in her favor. She doesn't raise her voice to argue a call. She genuinely wants to be able to play high-level Ultimate without compromising the Spirit of the Game.
Anyone can play with a team, win tournaments and have a blast. Lindsay has done that and won with a number of different teams, beginning in high school. I personally believe the Callahan award should go to someone who goes beyond a teammate you want to win with; Lindsay Lang is a teammate and co-coach I would chose over anyone else to lose with.
How many of the nominees this year are people you would really want to experience defeat alongside?
Together we have taken our HS team from losing nearly every game at NC States to placing 1st at QCTU and 3rd in the State.
So here's the crazy thing, last night we had our awards ceremony and end of the year party with the Clams. You all know what these are like, lots of talk about the season, highlight reels, awards, tears, hugs, promises that next season will be even better, etc. We drove home last night and I realized something, not once during the four-hour celebration did anyone mention our accolades from the season. No one talked about winning our first tournament. No one talked about losing in the semis to CHUF. Not one Clam, coach or parent mentioned the actual outcome of our season.
Instead we talked about how much certain players had improved, what our rising seniors have to look forward to, the ridiculous potential in our freshman class, new goals for recruiting, new tournaments to attend.
Somewhere in the past three years, Lindsay helped create a team that went from losing all the time to winning big games...and simultaneously created a team that cares more about one another than either winning or losing.

Lindsay doesn't need to win the Callahan award to validate her success as a teammate, captain and coach. However, there is no other nominee this year who better embodies everything this award is meant to represent than Lang.
I simply want her to be able to bookmark this thread and be able to come back to it and remember the lives she touched while playing and coaching Ultimate in Chapel Hill.





Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116224 is a reply to message #116110] Sun, 20 May 2012 19:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lcoups
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While you can watch one game and know that Lindsay Lang's ultimate skills alone put her in contention of this award, it is her exceptional strength as a teammate that makes her deserving to receive it.

Lang is a wonderfully selfless player and person who makes you feel good about yourself in any way she can. For example, if she knows one of your throws is not particularly strong (and if you have the pleasure of being her teammate she will know your strengths and weaknesses better than you do), and you complete that throw in a game, she will congratulate you on that completion after the point. No matter that she just touched the disc every other throw and threw a cross-field hammer for a score, she will recognize your accomplishments and be happier about yours than her own. As another example, despite being terribly sick at Centex (and later having to be taken to the ER), Lang still played for us in one of our toughest games. By this I don't mean she physically occupied space on the field while complaining all the while, I mean that she played with a level of heart and intensity that most players will never attain, while cheering on and supporting her teammates as if nothing were different. But despite the super-hero status I often attach to Lang, and my meager attempts to put in words what a joy it is to play with her, she would probably never believe she deserves to be considered for this award, and it would be perfectly within her nature to wholeheartedly campaign for all the other nominees to win instead of herself.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116228 is a reply to message #116110] Sun, 20 May 2012 22:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Amy Gilbert
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I agree with what was stated before that Lindsay Lang stands out for more than just being an amazingly talented ultimate player. Of course she has beautiful hucks, pretty throws all around, amazing skies, great defense, and is incredibly reliable as a dump (especially for those like me who are less comfortable with a disc in hand), but Lang is so much more. She is a second year captain and takes that position to heart as she bears the responsibility and dedication it takes to lead a team.

On the field, my favorite part about Lindsay is her poise and attitude. She embodies the idea of spirit of the game and when she or anyone else makes a mistake, she doesn't get upset (or at least doesn't show it) and just keeps going knowing that our team is watching her and inadvertently mimicking her reaction. She is such a consistent player though that her mistakes are few and far between.

Outside of games, Lang's leadership, kindness, and desire to see everyone reach their potential holds our team together. As essentially THE overall leader of the team, she organizes pretty much all that we do, runs practices when necessary with ease, and takes all comments and complaints in stride. She uses any helpful comments to improve whatever she can and deals with the occasional dissatisfied person with much poise. She motivates us at practice and after to challenge ourselves and each other, even giving individualized attention to make the team stronger.

Honestly Lindsay is one of my best friends. She welcomed me to the team when I joined as a sophomore, shy and new to the sport, and has helped me tremendously in the three years we've now played together. She is my go-to person when I want advice on how to improve and we've discussed how I can better avoid getting point blocked, get less flustered when fouled, generally make better cuts, etc.

Vote for Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan because she is quite likely the greatest combination of talent, spirit, and advocacy for the sport.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116229 is a reply to message #116110] Sun, 20 May 2012 22:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Amy Gilbert
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I agree with the already state opinion that Lindsay Lang stands out for more than just being an amazingly talented ultimate player. Of course she has beautiful hucks, pretty throws all around, amazing skies, great defense, and is incredibly reliable as a dump (especially for those like me who are less comfortable with a disc in hand), but Lang is so much more. She is a second year captain and takes that position to heart as she bears the responsibility and dedication it takes to lead a team.

On the field, my favorite part about Lindsay is her poise and attitude. She embodies the idea of spirit of the game and when she or anyone else makes a mistake, she doesn't get upset (or at least doesn't show it) and just keeps going knowing that our team is watching her and inadvertently mimicking her reaction. She is such a consistent player though that her mistakes are few and far between.

Outside of games, Lang's leadership, kindness, and desire to see everyone reach their potential holds our team together. As essentially THE overall leader of the team, she organizes pretty much all that we do, runs practices when necessary with ease, and takes all comments and complaints in stride. She uses any helpful comments to improve whatever she can and deals with the occasional dissatisfied person with much poise. She motivates us at practice and after to challenge ourselves and each other, even giving individualized attention to make the team stronger.

Honestly Lindsay is one of my best friends. She welcomed me to the team when I joined as a sophomore, shy and new to the sport, and has helped me tremendously in the three years we've now played together. She is my go-to person when I want advice on how to improve and we've discussed how I can better avoid getting point blocked, get less flustered when fouled, generally make better cuts, etc.

Vote for Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan because she is quite likely the greatest combination of talent, spirit, and advocacy for the sport.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116255 is a reply to message #116110] Mon, 21 May 2012 13:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
thomson1
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The beginning of my freshman season with the UNC Pleiades was a bit strange. I felt a little intimidated by my sister's legacy, a little nervous about returning to ultimate, and a little awkward interacting with a group of women that I barely knew, or had known and now didn't, or only knew by association...you get the point.

One of these simultaneously awkward and intimidating women (to me, that is) was Lindsay Lang. I had played with Lang on North Carolina's YCC team the year that we were seeded last, and won second place with only 11 players. I had seen her help to carry that team to a finals appearance, I had heard of her domination on the field, I'm pretty sure that we even shared a room on the trip...but I was also sure that she had no memory of who I was.

As the semester progressed, I continued to be a little frightened and overwhelmed by ultimate, and by my teammates, especially Lang. She seemed faster, more skilled and more knowledgeable than I could ever hope to be, and I had absolutely no idea what to say to our fearless captain.

Then second semester rolled around, and the big spring season reared its head...and there was a turning point.

We were running an endzone drill. I was trapped on the sideline and we only had a couple of chances to score a goal before being threatened with sprints. I threw my first pass into the ground and tried to pass the disc off to someone else when Lang told me, in the calmest, most reassuring voice, "No, Hope. You'll have to do this in a game so try it again."

At that moment I realized that all my intimidation and nervousness of the first semester had been a waste of time. I realized that a team is there to work together, to support each other, to make each other better. I realized mistakes at practice were okay; I wasn't going to get a withering look or an eyeroll every time I messed up as long as I was playing my hardest. Lang helped me realize all of that.

And since that moment she has continued to inspire me to play for the team that I have grown to love so much. People above me have already said it, but its completely true: she plays for us. She plays selflessly and passionately, and with such a force that you can't help but want to give the exact same right back to her and everyone else sharing your jersey.

Lang's talent and class on the field is evident; what is truly remarkable to me is her maintenance of that fiery, honorable character off of the field and the way that she can so easily convey encouragement and support with a simple head nod across a huddle. She clearly loves her team, this sport, and the ultimate community, and to a wide-eyed freshman rediscovering a love for ultimate, she embodies a great player, a great teammate, and a very deserving winner of the 2012 Callahan Award.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116259 is a reply to message #116229] Mon, 21 May 2012 14:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
eastcoastultimate
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Lindsay Lang deserves the Callahan.

The Callahan award has recently been seen as an MVP award, which is doled out to the best male and female college ultimate players. This award was meant to be more than that. A great player isn't only a great player when she is on the field; a great player is someone whose teammates love her, is a respectful competitor, is fun to play against, and yes, is great at ultimate.

Lindsay Lang is the player you wish you had on your team.

Lang is skilled, dedicated, and knows the game of ultimate. That is a lethal combination, especially in college. Her accolades are well-known. She's played on the Junior Worlds team and on Phoenix, the elite women's club team. She is one of the best all-around players I have ever known. She is a great handler with a big flick huck, and isn't afraid to move it up the field to become a dynamic cutter. Lang's strength lies in her mark, however. She's excellent on defense with a mark that makes you question whether you really want to catch that disc after all. Scary, but in the best way.

Becoming friends with Lindsay Lang is an easy thing to do.

And when I say "friends" I really mean sisters. Lang is, perhaps one of the few, genuinely kind people I know. You can tell her anything, and she is a great listener. She's quick to ask you about your life outside of ultimate, share a swim or a game of volleyball with you, or invite you for breakfast at her place to discuss your relationship troubles over a stack of homemade buckwheat blueberry pancakes. Yes, it really is as good as it sounds.

Lang embodies the Callahan award. She is an immensely skilled ultimate player, as I am sure the rest of the nominees are. But she is more than that. She is a leader, a helping-hand, a coach, a tournament director, a friend, and a sister.

-Michaela
Pleiades Class of 2011
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116268 is a reply to message #116259] Mon, 21 May 2012 17:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
McGuire
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Lindsay Lang is the epitome of a Callahan award winner. The award is not only about physical skill, but also sportsmanship and leadership. For anyone who knows Lang, you know that these are attributes that teammates, friends and opponents all use to describe her.

I had the honor of playing with Lang for three years at UNC and having her as my captain for my last year. She is not only a great handler, but is also a demoralizing defender. She will break you every time with her IO flick. On defense, she is known to get anything in the air, but most importantly she gets hand blocks and forces poor throws. The most amazing thing about her is that she has the best sportsmanship on the team. She makes fair calls and her determination inspires everyone on the field. She has confidence in all of her teammates, even when you sometimes doubt yourself. She is always cheering from the sideline, regardless if she is playing well or not because it is about her team.

Although I am two years older, I have always told her I want to be like her when I grow up and I truly mean that. This is because she is able to handle so many things with such poise that no one would be able to tell. I have always bragged to people about how she was a captain, a biochem major, while playing on Phoenix and the Junior Worlds team and coaching a newly formed high school team. I never once heard Lang complain about how much she had to do and would never have been able to guess because she continued to be a great leader.

Michelle Ng has helped out with QCTU the past few years and every year she says that it is the best run tournament she goes to. Every year, we credit that to Lang and how much work she puts towards organizing everything. She was also a big part in developing the QCTU Qualifier to give more teams in the area the opportunity to play and more importantly, against teams of similar skill level to make it more beneficial. She is devoted to investing in the youth and developmental teams, knowing they are the future of the sport.

Lang is an amazing teammate and I will be forever be grateful that I was able to play alongside her for three years. She gives everything to this sport and I want her to know how much we all appreciate that. Although she's been an All-Region player and a Skyd All-American, I wish that she could look back and know that she was recognized for what she has done, not just in this area, but by the entire ultimate community.

- Lauren McGuire
Pleiades Class of 2011

Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116276 is a reply to message #116259] Mon, 21 May 2012 19:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Peanut
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"In all honesty, what sets Lindsay Lang apart from some of the other deserving nominees this week is that she is more than just a good player and a good teammate. Lindsay is a good opponent. She doesn't call fouls in the off chance that the observer will rule in her favor. She doesn't raise her voice to argue a call. She genuinely wants to be able to play high-level Ultimate without compromising the Spirit of the Game. "

I whole-heartedly agree with this statement. We played UNC in the semis of AC Regionals this year, and I can say that the game was the most fun and spirited we played all weekend. Despite the high level of play, the SOG was never diminished with particular thanks to Lang.

Peanut
Delaware Sideshow #22
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116282 is a reply to message #116276] Mon, 21 May 2012 22:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lammchops84
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My friend who has never seen ultimate, came to one of our games when we were playing at Stanford. Later on, when I asked her what she thought, she said "That 51 [Lang] is really good. I just remember her doing amazing things on the field." Even to a casual observer, Lang's skills are obvious.

Clearly Lang has a huge huck, but what I appreciate even more than that are her dedicated dump cuts. With Lang on the field, I know she will be there for me when I need her, and do everything she can to get open for me. Sure, there is more glory in a huck, but I think what sets Lang apart is her ability to do the somewhat thankless dump cut over and over again because she has our backs.

She inspires the team just by being herself. I remember the first time I layed out, I did it for Lang. Previously, my club teammates asked why I didn't lay out, and I told them that I just choose to run faster (although it didn't always work out). It was a windy day at Queen City Tune-Up and we were playing against UVA. Lang's pass to me was suddenly being pushed down by the wind. Realizing that I my normal method of running faster was not going to cut it this time, I made a bid and came up with the disc. I think sub-consciously I thought of all the times Lang bailed me out with a dump, and realized now it was my turn to help her. They say actions speak louder than words. I could go on and on about how great Lang is, but I think the fact that she was the first person who inspired me to lay out says enough.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116293 is a reply to message #116110] Tue, 22 May 2012 09:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AaronW
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As a player for three years under Lindsay Langs supervision, I have had the honor of learning things from her. I say things because I can't really pinpoint one, or even a few specific skills that came from her, but I do know she has had a huge impact on who I am as a player- both in the way I act on and off the field. (In a good way.) Coming into high school ultimate my sophomore year, I didn't really know what to expect and I was intimidated by all of the great players on the field at my first states. I had been to practice and I loved ultimate, but I didn't think that I really had the skills to play well. Then I remembered how I had to guard our coaches during our scrimmages at the end of practice, and how Lindsay- one of the coaches I often had to guard- was much harder to guard than any of the people I had to guard at that tournament. It gave me confidence, as well as showed me how great she was as a player. (If she was hard to guard while not even trying hard at our high school practices, I would hate to guard her during a big game.) She has helped me countless times by improving my throws (hucks and pulls in particular) and cutting. Her availability to throw and practice with me is not only appreciated, but incredible considering her many other commitments. I would most certainly not be at the skill level I am today without her expert advice.
Not only is she ridiculously talented, she has great spirit. Sure, I may never have played against her, but I can tell purely from the cheeky smile she always has on, the way she runs in fear from our sweaty hugs after a game, as well as the way she loves ultimate for the fun of it and not the glory that she is (while being a fierce competitor) just a good person. Simply put, I like her. She should get the Callahan.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116324 is a reply to message #116293] Tue, 22 May 2012 19:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mmduffy
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I know that this is a late post, but it has taken me ages to think back on the six years I've known Lindsay Lang to find what I wanted to say.

I think I can put this simply.

Last year, I went to another university, the wonderful University of North Carolina in Asheville. I loved it there. It's a beautiful place. Still, I knew I wanted to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill to study and be one of the Pleiades...eventually. I could have happily spent another year or two in Asheville, but I decided to transfer to UNC after just one year.

The reason for this decision was Lindsay Lang.

Lindsay graduated this May, so if I had waited another year before coming to UNC, I would have missed the chance to play the sport that we love with this incredible, inspiring individual. I knew from playing with Lang at YCC in 2009 that having her as a teammate was an opportunity that I could not pass up. She is endlessly encouraging and incredibly kind. Having her as a captain is a complete dream. She's a down-to-earth friend while also being a role model (on and off the field) for everyone around her.

Lindsay Lang is the kind of person everyone hopes they will be when they grow up.

Having Lindsay Lang on Pleiades meant to me that Pleiades is the kind of team I could aspire to play for. You can tell from playing with her or against her that the environment she flourishes in is competitive and spirited. She brings this mentality to the fields every day and it applies to coaching as well. She is one of the head coaches for the Carrboro Clams, a local high school team. This is why she's the ideal candidate for the Callahan- she balances sportiness with sportsmanship and always gives back to our local Ultimate community.

And yes, this year has completely lived up to my expectations. Through ups and downs, on the field and off, Lindsay Lang is a constant positive force. She's the type of player that the Callahan award was meant for. Every single day she works with the team to help each player reach their maximum potential. Lindsay Lang is more than just a team captain. She is a selfless coach, teacher, and mentor.

After 9 months, I'm still excited (and a little surprised) that I'm allowed to play for the same team as Lindsay Lang.




Lindsay Lang. Callahan. 2012.
Re: Lindsay Lang for 2012 Callahan [message #116374 is a reply to message #116324] Wed, 23 May 2012 21:32 Go to previous message
kbeadleson
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I know this is a little late, but like Meg, it's hard to sum up a person that's had such an impact on you like Lang has on me.

How can you possibly describe a player as all around wonderful as Lindsay Lang? I don't think there's any possible way to fully describe what an amazing player, coach, and friend she is, but I'll do my absolute best to show how much she deserves this Callahan award, and so much more.

As many above me have stated, Lang is an AMAZING player. Take one minute to watch her on the field, and you'll probably see her throw her fantastic flick huck, or watch her shut down a main handler with her stellar man-on defense. She wouldn't even be nominated for this award if she didn't have some truly impressive ultimate talent. However, Lang is more than that, and that's what makes her the best pick for this award.

Lang has many achievements inside and outside the ultimate community. Her coaching is truly impressive. She works so hard to help others enjoy this sport as much as she does. Also, her tournament organization for QCTU just goes to show how much she values this sport, and makes sure that every team experiences the best possible playing experience.

I joined the ultimate community a few years ago through pick up games, and tryouts for Pleiades was the first time I was really in a structured ultimate atmosphere. During the tryouts I got to know other players, and while I was really intimidated by the skills I saw, the people worked hard to get to know me. One of those people was Lindsay Lang. She was more than willing to help me out with any question I had, and explain this game to me that I honestly didn't know very much about. She was actually the one to tell me that I had made the A-team. I have spent the last two years being constantly amazed by any compliment Lang gives me, because I don't think I could ever measure up to such an amazing person and player.

The best example I can think of to show Lang's dedication to this sport and her team took place at Centex this year. She had fallen ill on the second day of the tournament, a set back we were not expecting. Despite this illness, when we were down in the first game, Lang cleated up to play the last few points. I was impressed, but not surprised by her dedication. Lang got worse throughout the day, and actually ended up in the ER so she couldn't play, but she cheered us on despite her worsening condition, doing whatever she could to instill confidence and support in the team.

Lindsay Lang is one of the most motivated and talented people I know, and I am so grateful that I've had the opportunity to spend two great seasons with her. She is more than deserving of the Callahan award. I couldn't ask for a better friend, a better sister.
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