Men's National Teams

Coaches & Staff

  • Name: Mike Tolkin
  • Title: Head Coach

  • Name: Justin Fitzpatrick
  • Title: Forwards Coach

  • Name: Phil Bailey
  • Title: Defense Coach

  • Name: Dave Williams
  • Title: Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Name: Chris O'Brien
  • Title: Kicking & Special Teams Coach; Asst. Video Analyst

  • Name: Paul Goulding
  • Title: Performance Analyst

  • Name: Richard Quincy
  • Title: Physio

  • Name: Zach Vyhananek
  • Title: Physio

  • Name: Sarah Sall
  • Title: Massage Therapist

  • Name: Tristan Lewis
  • Title: Team Manager

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Coaching Staff

Mike Tolkin

Head Coach, Men’s Fifteens

Residence: New York City, NY

College: St. John’s University, Fordham University 

Head Coach of USA Rugby Men’s 15s since: February 2012

Previous USA Rugby coaching positions: National team defensive coach, 2009-2011; USA A Head Coach, 2008; US Under-19 Team backs coach, 1992-1995 and 1998-2002


Tony Smeeth - Assistant Coach
Dan Payne - Assistant Coach
Dave Williams - Assistant Coach
Derek Dowling - Assistant Coach
Chris O'Brien - Kicking Coach
Paul Goulding - Video Analyst
Kristen Douhan - Physiotherapist
Mike Fox - Physiotherapist
Sarah Sall - Massage Therapist
Mark Scholl - Doctor
Tristan Lewis - Manager

Become an Eagle

How to Represent the US at Rugby

To represent the United States at the international level an athlete must be dominant at the club level, with a command of the core skills of catch and pass, tracking and tackling, evasive running and separation, and support at the tackle contest.

USA Rugby is looking for athletes that as a baseline have the physical attributes at some stage to star on the world stage with speed, agility, size, and / or other physical attributes that set one apart. More importantly, though, we are looking for athletes who have a proven track record of learning quickly, can become students of the game, relish decision making in a multi-dimensional environment, have self-control, manage adversity well, and have a growth mindset.

Talent Identification

Eagle Eye Scouts and National Team Coaches will identify players who should be in the respective National Training Squad based on performance in competition or standing out in a USA Rugby Academy event, followed by an outstanding performance at a National Tracking Camp.

The goal of all players should be to gain admittance into the National Training Squad. The National Training Squad is an annual development program aimed at enhancing the athleticism, rugby core skills, and individual specialty skills needed to successful perform on the international stage.

The best performers in the National Training Squads will assembley annually at the Stars and Stripes festival national development camp to compete for final spots on the pertinent national development team. Following the Stars and Stripes the All-Americans will be named.

To be identified for National Team selection at the Junior, Collegiate, and senior club level:

  1. Perform in competition and / or a USA Rugby Academy event
  2. Attend National Tracking Camp
  3. Admitted into National Training Squad
  4. Perform at Stars & Stripes

To be identified for National Team selection at the High-School level:

  1. Perform in competition and / or a USA Rugby Academy Event
  2. Perform at the R.C.T.
  3. Admitted into National Training Squad
  4. Perform at Stars & Stripes

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To represent the United States at the international level an athlete must be dominant at the club level, with a command of the core skills of catch and pass, tracking and tackling, evasive running and separation, and support and ruck. If an athlete feels s/he has been overlooked by national scouts at the club or in the competitive pathway, s/he can enroll in a USA Rugby Academy camp to further opportunities for identification. Click here for a schedule of additional identification camps.

Resources

Resources for Administrators

  • USA Rugby Youth and HS Manual
  • Presentation for School Administrators/Athletic Directors
  • Rookie Rugby

 

Resources for Coaches and Referees

  • Safety Document
    • USA Rugby's Lightning Policy
    • Medical and Safety Guide
    • Enhancing Safety in Youth
  • Rookie Rugby
  • Rookie Rugby Practice Plans - COMING SOON!
  • Olympic Rugby Practice Plans - COMING SOON!

 

Resources for Teachers

 

Resources for Parents

 

Resources for Everyone

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