Xytech’s President and CEO, Richard Gallagher, was elected into the Ultimate Frisbee Hall of Fame in November. USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States, recently announced the Class of 2015, which included five inductees.
“We’re very excited and proud to announce the five newest inductees into the Ultimate Hall of Fame,” said Dr. Tom Crawford, USA Ultimate CEO. “Their collective contributions and phenomenal accomplishments in the sport of ultimate are inspiring. We are proud and honored to recognize these new members of the Hall of Fame.”
Richard started competing in 1981, when as a first year player, he emerged as a major contributor to the Santa Barbara Condors National Championship team. While evolving into one of the game’s top handlers, he was the centerpiece of a multi-year effort to develop a top-level Open Club team in Los Angeles. In 1987, Richard and Polo Club finally broke through to become the first team from Los Angeles ever to qualify for Nationals. The team, later named Iguana, showcased Richard as its primary disc handler and reached its pinnacle between 1989 and 1991, finishing as a semi-finalist, finalist and semi-finalist at Nationals during those three years. He was regarded as having one of the most accurate and powerful forehand throws and is widely recognized as the first proficient thrower of what is now called a Scoober. His dominance, skill, and poise in the backfield were displayed at the 1990 Nationals championship finals, where he completed an astounding 93 of 94 pass attempts.
The 2015 inductees were selected by the current USA Ultimate Hall of Fame voting members from a final Slate of Eight short list of candidates, which was announced in late October. The Slate of Eight was chosen by the Hall of Fame Vetting Sub-committee from among an accomplished pool of athletes and contributors by the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame Vetting Committee through a review of peer voting results and written applications solicited by the committee.
The Class of 2015, which also included Lori Van Holmes, Skip Kuhn, Billy Rodriguez and Bob “Bert” Sick, is the 12th class inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame, which was established in 2004 to honor the men and women whose accomplishments as athletes and contributors merit acknowledgement by their peers. The Ultimate Hall of Fame currently exists as a virtual hall, with a long-term goal to establish a permanent site by 2018, the 50th anniversary of the sport’s founding.