As an ultimate player, Troy first played in 1995 when college friends said “here, chase this.” He started the UNC-Asheville college team in 1999 before moving to the Triangle to play with Raleigh’s Ring of Fire from 2002-2005. He has qualified for club nationals seven times, and he was on the 2011 Team USA squad that won a gold medal in the Masters division at Beach Worlds. In 2012 & 2013, he played in the first two seasons of the AUDL with the Indianapolis Alley Cats, scheming all the time on bringing an AUDL team to the Triangle community in North Carolina.
As an organizer, Troy has served on the local TFDA board, as a high level USA Ultimate Observer and trainer, and was tournament director of the 2013 US Open Championships held in Raleigh, overseeing a staff of 150 volunteers.
A wine sommelier at Bin 54 Steak & Cellar in Chapel Hill, his restaurant career adds to an extensive background in event planning.
School: UNC Asheville 2o16
Teams: Chapel Hill CHUF, UNC Asheville Bulldogs, Cardinal Gibbons (Assistant Coach).
An young ultimate player and enthusiast, Hugo Sowder has worked alongside the Flyers since their inaugural season in 2015 shooting and editing high quality media content. In 2017 he came on to help build a new narrative around the Flyers and revamp their web content. He worked directly with owners Mike Denardis and Casey Degnan throughout the season to create and promote game day and off field events throughout the season.
Since co-founding Chapel Hill High School’s CHUF in 1999, Josh has been a part of the North Carolina ultimate community for over half of his life. After playing and serving as captain for CHUF, he went on to do the same for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Darkside before earning All-Region honors his senior year. He joined Raleigh’s Ring of Fire in 2004, served as captain in 2006, and continued playing with the team through 2013. His medical career got in the way quite frequently, but he managed to make time to compete in 1 youth nationals, 1 college nationals, and 9 club nationals among other local, regional and national venues. Most recently he won a world championship as a member of the United States Masters Men’s National team with Boneyard in London, 2016.
Josh received his medical degree from the UNC School of Medicine in 2010, then stayed on to complete dual-specialty residency training. Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, he served in a faculty position as Chief Resident in both departments, teaching medical students, residents and faculty members locally and across the state. He has presented nationally on topics such as uncommon knee ailments, obesity among high school athletes, and anatomic muscle variants. After completing fellowship training in Sports Medicine at UNC, where he worked with UNC Basketball, Football, Soccer and Lacrosse among other sports, he joined the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics and also serves as Team Physician for UNC Sports Medicine.