Meet Williams Honda Certified Service Technician Scott Macintyre. You might say that wheels are his life.
The 24-year-old maintains Honda cars by day and coaches roller skaters by night. In fact, for more than a year, he’s been the head coach of Traverse City’s women’s roller derby teams: Toxic Cherries and Cherry Bombs.
“We’re concentrating on our home season,” Macintyre said of his two teams of about 30 skaters – women ranging in in ages from 18 to late 30s. “We’ve got a diverse group,” he said, “…teachers, physical therapists, nurses, waitresses and a few stay and home moms — just good skaters.”
Macintyre became involved with the Traverse City Roller Derby team about three years ago, originally because of his sister-in-law who is on the team. Playing the sport, she’s broken her ankle, her nose and got a few shiners. “It’s a pretty intense sport” said Macintyre, who plays ice hockey in his spare time. “There’s no fighting, but you can compare it to one-directional hockey. You get knocked around.”
Halfway through the home season, the next Traverse City Roller Derby bout takes place July 28 at the Civic Center. Pre-order tickets for $10 online or for $15 when you purchase at the door. “We get pretty close to selling out each bout,” Macintyre said. “Other teams that come to oppose us are surprised how many people come out to watch us and how loud the crowd gets.”