Gloria "GLO" LustPhilipps

Gloria "Glo" LustPhillips (top row, second from the right) celebrates Lady Godiva's first UPA championship in 1988. 

Gloria "Glo" LustPhillips (top row, second from the right) celebrates Lady Godiva's first UPA championship in 1988. 

 

PLAYER BIO - gloria "glo" lustPhillips

BY NEW YORK BENT, FEBRUARY 9, 2017 

#Tbt The first years of NYC Survival, Boston Lady Godiva, and San Francisco Fury. Gloria LustPhilipps was there for it all, even after she had twins! In her own words:

Before Ultimate, 1970s
I was more of an academic type. I played the clarinet in the All-City and All-State orchestra and never really did other sports until I got to college. I did take ballet lessons in my early teens though, so that probably added to my Ultimate style and grace. Gymnastics helped, because I immediately felt comfortable laying out and using my strength to sky for the frisbee.

Ithaca, NY, Cornell Wild Roses, early 1980s
I was on the Crew and Track team until that one rainy day when I ran past a cow field with a bunch of people throwing around a disc. I asked what they were doing, and that's when they introduced me to Tiina Booth (Captain of the Cornell Wild Roses). She taught me the game of Ultimate, what the rules were, how to throw, play defense, etc. And she drove me to all the tournaments, which was fabulous! Basically, she took me under her wing.... Love her for that!!!

"Survival", New York City, 1984-1986.

"Survival", New York City, 1984-1986.

New York, New York, Survival, 1984-1986
I found Ultimate in NYC after I transferred from Cornell to Hunter College. I was in the cafeteria and a girl (Bronwyn Ryan) was wearing an NYC Ultimate t-shirt. I nearly died seeing that, because I loved playing at Cornell so much. She told me where they played and when. I was hooked! NYC was amazing. Starting out on that team was truly a great learning experience, as I continued to develop my skills. With the women's team so small, I had the freedom to build on my skills both offensively and defensively. In those days, if you were athletic enough, you could learn all facets of the game. You played every point, every game, with no subs. Basically, you had to be that crazy all-around player, throwing, blocking, sprinting, etc.

The community was fabulous. I can't give enough praise to all of my ultimate friends from NYC for guiding me and shaping my perspective. All those moments, good and bad, led me to do great things in Boston and San Francisco. Truly, truly love that community!

Glo (bottom row, third from the right) with her twins Haley and Spiro, the first year Fury won UPA Nationals in 1999.

Glo (bottom row, third from the right) with her twins Haley and Spiro, the first year Fury won UPA Nationals in 1999.

Boston Lady Godiva and San Francisco Fury, 5 National Championships, 1987-2000
My peak years were from 1990-94. After that I had the twins, and my role was definitely more leadership and training. NYC was my beginning, Boston was my middle/end, and San Francisco was nearing my end, all adding to a great Ultimate Career. Each community gave me exactly what I needed to build and drive each team to greatness. I've made life-long friends on both coasts, in many cities, and feel blessed that I am still in contact with them all.

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