Class of 2018 - Player

Dominique Fontenette

Dominique Fontenette

Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Born: May 20, 1975 (Age 46)

U.S. National Championships

1x U.S. College Champion (1997)

4x U.S. Club Champion (1999, 2001, 2002, 2006)

1x U.S. Masters Champion (2015)

1x U.S. College Runner Up (1995)

4x U.S. Club Runner Up (2009, 2012, 2015, 2016)

1x U.S. Masters Runner Up (2013)

World Championships

7x World Champion (2005, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

1x World Runner Up (2001)

Awards

Callahan Award (1997)

Dominique has been a dominant force in the women’s division since she first began to play. Winning the Callahan Award and a national title during her time at Stanford, she continued playing with premier women’s teams in the Bay Area and Boston and currently plays in Seattle with Riot. Over the length of her career, Dom has been a key team member with four UPA National Championships in the club women’s division and six WFDF World Championship titles in multiple divisions, including being named to six U.S. National Teams – a remarkable feat. In addition to being continuously successful on the field, she has displayed exemplary sportsmanship and fair play at every level. Dom’s athleticism and versatility as a player contribute to her ability to fill many different roles on the team/field and has enabled her to easily integrate into new systems and teams.

Dom has participated in many teaching clinics over the last couple of decades (U.S., Japan, Uganda) and, more recently, organized a clinic for East African players (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda) in Kisumu, Kenya. And throughout this exemplary ultimate career, Dom practices as an emergency medicine physician.

Contributions & Service

  • 2000-2001: Stanford assistant coach
  • 2012-2013: UCLA assistant coach/consultant

Championship Tournaments

U.S. National Championships

Year Team Placement
1994 Stanford Superfly College Women Regionals
1995 Stanford Superfly College Women 2nd
1995 D’Fense Club Women Pool Play
1996 Stanford Superfly College Women Semifinals
1997 Stanford Superfly College Women 1st
1999 Fury Club Women 1st
2000 Fury Club Women Semifinals
2001 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
2002 Lady Godiva Club Women 1st
2003 Lady Godiva Club Women Semifinals
2004 Lady Godiva Club Women Semifinals
2005 Fury Club Women Semifinals
2006 Fury Club Women 1st
2007 Lady Godiva Club Women Semifinals
2008 Lady Godiva Club Women Quarterfinals
2009 Lady Godiva Club Women 2nd
2010 Brute Squad Club Women Semifinals
2011 Brute Squad Club Women Pool Play
2012 Riot Club Women 2nd
2013 Riot Club Women Semifinals
2013 Baylands Kite Flying Team Masters Women 2nd
2014 Riot Club Women Semifinals
2015 Riot Club Women 2nd
2015 Baylands Kite Flying Team Masters Women 1st
2016 Riot Club Women 2nd
2017 Riot Club Women 5th
2017 iRot Masters Women Semifinals
2018 Riot Club Women Semifinals
2019 Riot Club Women 5th

Interview

What position(s) (e.g., handler, deep cutter, middle middle) did you usually play?

Early in my career, I was a defensive handler, then I transitioned to being an offensive cutter/receiver.

Please describe your major accomplishments - both as a teammate and individual.

I am proud of having been a part of several teams that went from developmental level to national championship quality teams. Excluding D’Fense and Lady Condors, I have held a leadership role on each of my club teams as well as my college and several of the national teams.

I also won the Callahan award in 1997.

Please explain why you stood out among the elite players of your time. What was it that you did best, or were known for?

I believe my athleticism and versatility as a player made me stand out. I was able to perform many different roles on the team well and in a spirited manner. This made it easy to integrate into new systems and teams.

What role did you play on the best (or most overachieving team) that you played on?

Difficult question. Every team I’ve played on has had a “best” category in my mind. Perhaps the most “overachieving team” was 1999 Fury. We won nationals after having not won any preseason tournaments. My role on that team was in the handling position.

What year was the peak of your career? During which years were you playing as the "stud" of your team? If you continued playing after your peak years, how did your role change? In what year did you stop playing at the top competitive level?

I believe my peak “athleticism” playing years were between 2001 and 2006 as a cutter. Now, I increasingly rely on intellect to counter balance the effect of 25 years of ultimate on the body. I am primarily an offensive cutter on a deeply talented team. In general, my role on the team is to create opportunities for each of our players on the field to do what they do best. A lot of times, that means creating space, making well timed utility cuts that draw defenses and being opportunistic instead of being the flashy player of the past.

Have you served in an official capacity as an officer, committee member, coordinator, or volunteer for USA Ultimate/UPA or other recognized ultimate or disc sports organization, or as a coach of a team? Describe role and dates served.

I was the assistant coach Stanford from 2000-2001, and an assistant coach/consultant UCLA from 2012-2013.

Have you made other contributions to the development of ultimate?

I have participated in many teaching clinics over the last couple of decades (US, Japan, Uganda).

In 2017, I organized a clinic for East African (Tanzania/Kenya/Uganda) players in Kisumu Kenya.

Why do you believe you are worthy of being inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame?

I think my on-field accomplishments are noteworthy, but really that is for others to decide.

Dominique's Teammates