Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Supporting its commitment to develop college rugby, USA Rugby confirmed today the members of its College Rugby Strategic Committee who will advise and guide the work of Todd Bell, USA Rugby Collegiate Director, whose appointment was announced in early May.
The new College Rugby Strategic Committee will be chaired by USA Rugby’s Board member Peter Seccia and will include a cross section of coaches and administrators from the college game.
Joining Seccia on the committee will be Pat Kane (USA Rugby South Congress and Director of Men’s Rugby at Wake Forest University); Chip Auscavitch (NERFU Director of Division II Men’s Colleges); Marty Bradley (Collegiate Director, Rugby South / Assistant Coach University of Tennessee Men’s Rugby); MaryBeth Mathews (Assistant Dean of First Year Students and Head Coach Varsity Women’s Rugby Bowdoin College); Dan Payne (Director of Rugby Life University); Matt Sherman (USA Rugby and University of San Diego State Men’s Coach); Alex Williams (USA Rugby Women’s High Performance Manager); and Bell.
The College Rugby Strategic Committee have already met three times and will narrow its focus on the creation of a new Elite Men’s College Competition and the impact it will have on all levels of the college game.
The Committee will also be in charge of creating a best practices paper for the development of college programs. Kane will head up the integration of the new men’s competition supported by Sherman and Auscavitch, while Mathews and Bradley have commenced work on the development of a best practices document.