In two years we played in the team’s first ever national championship game, earning promotion to the Womens Premier League, the top women’s competition in the country. We had an influx of international level players, and the team has been a national powerhouse ever since.
I took on a larger role with coach education, and was licensed by World Rugby as a Trainer. Now I could train other coach educators in addition to coaching. I married my coaching skills with my User Experience skills, and turned my sporting interests towards performance analysis. I had begun coaching at the US Air Force Academy, and led that team to regional championships and National Championship appearances as well. Unfortunately my spine condition kept escalating, and the long commute from the San Luis Valley to the front range became untenable.
I served USA Rugby as a performance analyst through 2 World Cups Cycles and the lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics. It was truly a joy to be in Rio for our sport’s Olympic debut, and the whole venue had the vibe of an giant family reunion.
I continue to work with World Rugby and USA Rugby in a consulting and education role, and I’ve delivered continuing Coach Education to members of the Moffat and Mountain Valley Combined Athletics Coaching staff. I also served both appointed and elected terms on the Moffat Consolidated School Board RE-2 and was heavily involved in the DAG for the new Best grant funded school.
I’ve led training and provided mentorship to up and coming USA coaches, and to coaches in the Caribbean and Central America. I served as a Liason Officer to Japan’s National Team during the Atlanta stop of the Women’s Rugby World Series.
I am the current Head Coach of the United States Air Force Women’s Rugby team. The Air Force was the first branch to roll out a women’s rugby program as part of the Air Force Sports Program, and I was invited to coach the inaugural team. I look forward to 2019, when the branches come together for our first ever Women’s Armed Forces Rugby Championship.