Class of 2013

Joey Giampino

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Joey Giampino

Born: 1962
Died: 2011 (Age 48)

Career Information


1981-1990, 1996



National Team


U.S. National Championships

2x U.S. Club Champion (1983, 1986)

1x U.S. Club Runner Up (1987)

World Championships

1x World Champion (1984)

Joey was one of the greatest receivers ever to play the game of ultimate. His grace, power, determination and timing were breathtaking. Joey was an unstoppable force, who, at 6’1’’, out-jumped and out-dove the taller opponents he faced. He helped lead Windy City to two national championships (1983, ‘86) and one world title (1984). Joey’s fiery showmanship was legendary; fellow competitors and spectators gathered on the sidelines in anticipation of spectacular display of athleticism. Joey finished his career in the early 90’s in Boston, playing for Big Ego Ultimate. Sadly, Joey passed away in 2011, leaving a rich legacy and countless memories of greatness.

Championship Tournaments

U.S. National Championships

Year Team Placement
1980 Wis-ILL Club Men Regionals
1981 Windy City Club Men Regionals
1982 Windy City Club Men Pool Play
1983 Windy City Club Men 1st
1984 Windy City Club Men Semifinals
1985 Windy City Club Men Semifinals
1986 Windy City Club Men 1st
1987 Windy City Club Men 2nd
1988 Windy City Club Men Semifinals
1989 Windy City Club Men Pool Play
1990 Windy City Club Men Semifinals
1991 Spin-icth Club Men Pool Play
1993 Big Brother Club Men Semifinals
1996 Windy City Masters Men Pool Play

World Championships

Year Tournament Team Placement
1984 WUGC Luzern, Switzerland Windy City Club Men 1st


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

Joe was a deep cutter, receiver and goal scorer.

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

Joe was quite simply the best receiver of his era. His layouts are legendary: impeccable timing, athleticism and incredible hands.

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

No matter who was guarding Joe, he caught more than half of our goals on average. In the air or on the ground, his acrobatic leaping catches and dives are still talked about with awe. He had the most spectacular diving grabs ever.

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

Handler, co-captain.

He helped inspire his teammates to play their best game by praising them for the things they did well and by helping them define their specific role on the team.

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?

1982-1986. Joe was the best receiver in ultimate.

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

Any team who played Windy City feared to play against Joe. He was simply better than everyone else. At barely 6’1″, he could out-leap guys 4 -5 inches taller all day long. He read the disc perfectly and always got it at the top of his range. His distance on dives was like a large cat. He also had spectacular diving catches on defense as well. I once heard someone ask him why he always caught on defense? He quipped, “Because then I KNOW it’s mine.”

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