Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Former Eagles hooker and founder of Play Rugby USA, Mark Griffin, has been named as USA Rugby Youth and High School Director.
“I feel both excited and priveleged to take on the role of Youth and High School Director for USA Rugby,” said Griffin who was capped nine times from 2003-2005. His first came against Spain on April 27, 2003.
One of Griffin’s first tasks will be to lead the development of the State Based Organizations. There are 14 SBRO’s currently operating at various stages of development and the goal is to grow that number significantly by the end of 2009.
“I have worked with Mark during the past twelve months and he is an obvious pick for the role of Youth and High School Director. In addition to his work at Play Rugby USA, he has worked on the USAR Youth Committee and his knowledge will enable him to hit the ground running in 2009,” said USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville.
“I very much look forward to helping drive the growth in the youth and high school game in America,” Griffin finished. “If everyone puts the youth and game development first, we’ll be able to make some powerful progress in creating growth, developing players and implementing high quality programs in addition to creating sustainable systems, processes and businesses to support long term success.”