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Dr. Stephen Finn

  • UNH ’88
  • UToronto ’90
  • New School ’95
  • Villanova ‘2002
Dr. Stephen Finn is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and has been teaching at West Point since 2009 after moving to the area from Seattle. He teaches Philosophy 201 and he also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. He has been playing ultimate for over 30 years (since 1985) and he has five National Championships to show for it. His skill and talent for the game have provided him a vast resume of accomplishments in the Ultimate world and his vast experience has made him the greatest of coaches. With his guidance, our team has made vast strides in all walks of Ultimate—offensive and defensive strategy, fundamental skills, and everlasting spirit. He is one of the greatest teachers of Ultimate that the sport has ever encountered, and we are lucky to have him here. This is Dr. Finn clinching his fourth National title.





MAJ Michael Dargavell 
Head OIC

  • AV
  • EKU '04 
  • UVA '14 



Major Michael Dargavell is originally from Richmond, KY. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2004 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch. MAJ Dargavell served as a Troop Platoon Leader and Executive Officer while assigned to B Troop, 7th Squadron 17th US Cavalry Regiment and served as the Assistant S3 in Task Force 3-101 while deployed to OEF as part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). After completing the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, MAJ Dargavell was assigned to the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade in Ft. Wainwright, AK. MAJ Dargavell served as the B Troop, 6th Squadron 17th US Cavalry Regiment Commander while deployed to Iraq ISO Operation New Dawn and served as the HHT Commander during garrison operations. MAJ Dargavell recently completed his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Virginia and is assigned to the Department of Physical Education as a Military Movement instructor. MAJ Dargavell is a member of the reigning USMA Lunch League Ultimate Frisbee championship team and he plans to continue his culture of winning as the Ultimate OIC!


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Mr. John Shannon












Dr. Beth Mentis


  • ASU '98 
  • CU-Boulder '04



Mr. John Shannon is an instructor in the department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at West Point.  He holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering and physics, specializing in stealth technology, electromagnetics, and plasma physics.  He served over 20 years in the military, including 12 years as an Air Force engineer and scientist and 8 years as an Army nuclear officer.  He serves as one of the officers in charge of the Army West Point Ultimate Frisbee team, a team he has been involved with for the past three years.  He played ultimate for over 20 years starting in college at NC State, traveling to tournaments like the Kaimana Klassik in Hawaii, Poultry Days in Ohio, and the Presidential Plastic Platter Hatter in Florida.  He is also an officer representative for the NCAA Division I Army Rifle team and he has served as an officer representative for the Men’s basketball team in the past.  John volunteers as a Leader Challenge representative, an honor mentor, and a sponsor of over a dozen cadets.  He enjoys developing leaders of character, playing Magic: the Gathering, reading, playing poker, swimming, and playing World of Tanks.






Dr. Beth Mentis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.  She returned to teaching General Chemistry at USMA in July 2015. Dr. Mentis was introduced to Ultimate more than ten years ago while attending graduate school in Boulder, CO.  Her experience has predominately been playing pickup games, but she has also participated in various leagues over the years from Boulder, CO to the seacoast of NH to West Point.