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Inducted: 2008 - Player

Hometown: Beverly, Mass.

Born: June 24, 1963             

Gloria LustPhillips was a stand-out player on a variety of teams, including earning five UPA Club Championships with Lady Godiva, Maine-iacs, and Fury. Her pure athletic talents foreshadowed the evolution of women’s ultimate and helped attract other athletes to the sport.  Gloria began her playing career by "stumbling upon the sport on her way to class" at Cornell.  She was told to run deep and catch goals, which she did…often.  She cited her greatest accomplishments as being involved in creating and playing on two very successful teams that maintained a high level of enthusiasm, hard work and great spirit.

Playing Career | US Nationals | WFDF Worlds | Contributions & Service | Other Accomplishments | Interview

Playing Career 

  • 1981-83: Cornell Roses, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1984-86: New York
  • 1986-87: Smithereens, Boston
  • 1987-93: Lady Godiva, Boston
  • 1993-94: Maine-iacs, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1995-96: Lucy, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1996-2000: Fury, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 2000: Godiva, Boston


US National Championship Tournaments

Name    City    Year    Venue    Placing
Lady Godiva   Boston   1987   Miami, FL   Second
Lady Godiva   Boston   1988   San Diego, CA   Champion
Lady Godiva   Boston   1989   Washington, D.C.   Second
Lady Godiva   Boston   1990   West Palm Beach, FL   Third
Lady Godiva   Boston   1991   Sanford, FL   Champion
Lady Godiva   Boston   1992   San Diego, CA   Second
Maine-iacs   San Francisco   1993   Selma, TX   Champion
Fury   San Francisco   1999   San Diego, CA   Champion
Lady Godiva   Boston   2000   Sarasota, FL   Champion












WFDF World Ultimate Championship Tournaments

Name   City    Year   Venue   Placing
Fury   San Francisco, CA   2000   Heilbronn, Germany   Third


Contributions and Service 

•Created, coached, and mentored players for Godiva, Lucy, Maine-iacs, Fury

•Promoted Ultimate through presentations and assisted many high school and college players through skills training and strategy.

Other Accomplishments 

•College track honors and awards, including Nationals – High Hurdles, 100m, 200m


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

A: I was mostly a handler as I progressed in the sport. Initially though, I played a lot of deep cutter positions.

Q: Describe your major accomplishments – both as a teammate and an individual player?

A: My major accomplishments were creating two very successful teams that carried on my legacy and maintained a high level of enthusiasm, hard work, and great spirit.

Q: Why did you stand out among the elite players of your time? What was it that you did best, or were known for?

A: I stood out among the elite players, first for my pure athletic talent and secondly for my insight into the game. I was a natural leader, wanted to have fun (win or lose), and always stressed the importance of teamwork, as well as, having everyone developing positive relationships on and off the field.

Q: What was your role with the best (or most overachieving) team that you played on?

A: My best role was coaching and mentoring younger players to believe in themselves and show them how to harness their true talent. Everyone on the team has their unique gifts and when brought together properly, makes a powerful team.

Q: What year was the peak of your career? 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?

A: I would say that my peak years were from 1990-94. After that I had the twins, and was more into developing another great team with the right mix of talent and skill. My role after my peak years was definitely more leadership and training, even though I still had to maintain my athletic ability. I stopped playing when I returned to Boston to finalize my career after the 2000 season.

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

A: I am worthy of being inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame due to my leadership skills, athletic abilities, community efforts, and being a true team player. I literally stumbled upon the sport on my way to class and saw how much fun everyone was having just running around this huge field chasing a Frisbee. Can you imagine? So, I had to try it and I was told to just run deep and catch all the goals. OK, no problem...I did.

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