Thank you, coaches.

Thank you, coaches.

Thank you, coaches.


The week of December 5, 2011 was National Rugby Coach Appreciation Week.  To kick it off, we had our National Team coaches express their gratitude for the commitment and passion that coaches all over the country share with their players.


We featured Darrin Barner from Wayne, Nebraska that commuted 11 hours from Dallas to Wayne to get the Wayne State College team up and going.  


The 1991 Women's Eagles won the first-ever Women's Rugby World Cup against all odds, due in large part to the coaches, Kevin O'Brien and Chris Leach.  We wanted to tell you about the remarkable journey the entire team took to become the best in the world.

We also wanted to tell you about Mike Hodgins, a 37-year rugby veteran who now seeks to share his extensive knowledge of the game as a USA Rugby Coaching Course Leader.


We also asked players to send shout outs to their coaches.  The response was tremendous, and it goes to show just how much rugby coaches are appreciated.  Thanks to everyone who sent us shout outs and enjoy!




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USA Rugby's Coach Development Department is based on a simple mantra: Better Coaches, Better Players, Better Rugby.


 Coach Development focuses on the technical side of the game, but also the relationship between coaches and players.  If you want to learn more about becoming a USA Rugby Certified Coach, click here

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