THE SAN JOSE SPIDERS SIGN #12, STEVEN CHANG
Steven Chang – Player BioSteven Chang #12
Weight: 180 lb
Years Amateur: 8
Years Pro: Rookie
Steven started his sports career in High School Football. He transitioned to Ultimate in 2006 when he joined UCLA’s Ultimate team Smaug. In ’09 he also played for LA’s Strike Slip before he joined American BBQ in 2010. Steven makes up a significant part of ABBQ’s leadership and helped propel the team to their first nationals appearance in 2012.
“I’m extremely humbled and excited to be involved in such an exciting time for our sport. I’m really looking forward to joining forces with many of the players I have played with and against over the years to form an amazing team in the South Bay. I’ve seen the sport grow immensely over the last few years, and I hope the expansion to San Jose will further spread the knowledge and love of the sport.”
Steven was recruited to ABBQ not just because of his great play, but also because of his spirited attitude. He is someone that makes for a great teammate. He’s also a left handed handler with great break mark throws that will tear apart defenses. In the words of teammate Jack Moxon “Steven is one of the most exciting young players in the game today. He is the closest thing the game of Ultimate has to Steph Curry.”
Michael Kiyoi – Player Bio
Michael Kiyoi #51
Weight: 150 lb
Years Amateur: 10
Years Pro: Rookie
Michael played for UCLA between 2004-2009 and captained the team in 08 and 09. He’s been a part of one of the most storied Ultimate club teams of all time playing for the Santa Barbara Condors in 2007, 2008, and 2011-13. He was absent in 09 when he played with LA Strike-Slip and in 2010 he made the commute to Seattle to play with Emerald City Ultimate. He’s been to club nationals with the condors four times.
With the condors, Michael is the team’s fitness and conditioning manager. On the field Michael has transitioned from a shut down defender to a go to offensive cutter and he currently boasts the highest vertical jump on the Condors team. Michael is also a great teammate and he has a strong commitment to fair play and respect for teammates and opponents. Those sentiments were echoed by all of the people we talked to before we offered Michael a spot on the team.