Trent Dillon

Trent’s father began playing ultimate in Philadelphia 12 years before he was born. In turn, Trent’s introduction to the sport came as a toddler; running/crawling around polo fields with his dog, not really knowing what was going on. As Trent grew up, his father taught him basic skills and strategies. Eventually, Trent began playing youth ultimate with Radnor High School and the Delaware Valley U-19 Open Youth Club Championships team.

In 2012, Trent enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he advanced his ultimate career under the guidance of head coach Nick Kaczmarek, and got to play with some of his all-time favorite teammates (guys like Max Thorne and Patrick Earles). The team won back-to-back College Championships in 2012 and 2013, largely on the back of outstanding performances from Pitt players Alex Thorne and Tyler DeGirolamo. Trent graduated from Pitt in the spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He now resides in Seattle, where he lives with best buds and current Seattle Sockeye teammates Simon Montague and Matt Rehder. He is a PhD student in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Washington and a research assistant at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. Trent’s lab focuses on the development of cost-effective and sustainable marine energy conversion systems. When he’s not training for ultimate or doing marine energy stuff, Trent is often listening to new music, biking around Seattle or hanging out with some of his Sockeye teammates.

To him, “Live Ultimate,” means leveraging the aspired values of our sport to better ourselves and our communities on a daily basis.

“I think athletics at all levels can make us better people. Every sport pushes the individual to improve and connect with others in different and meaningful ways. As an ultimate player and fan, embracing ultimate’s unique potential to shape communities and individuals for the better is important.”