We are a youth rugby club established in 2006, offering a year-round tackle rugby program for youth, middle school, and high school boys and girls.

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Katherine Aversano, Girls High School and Middle School Coach:  Katherine joined the Fort Hunt Rugby program in 2014 as coach of both the girls' 15s and 7s teams.  She is an Assistant Coach for the Virginia HS Girls All-Stars Team, as well as Contributing Coach for the University of Mary Washington Women’s Rugby Club in Fredericksburg, VA.  She has also coached at local high school rugby clinics and academies in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.  Through rugby Katherine empowers young women to be strong and capable and teaches them to love themselves. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a double major in Philosophy and Classics.  She played all four years of her collegiate career as a forward.  During her tenure, Mary Washington placed 3rd in the Nation for DII Women’s Collegiate Rugby (2002, 2004), 1st in the VRU DII Women’s Collegiate Championship (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), won the VRU Team Sportsmanship Award (2001), and the Referee Society of Virginia Sportsmanship Award (2001).  After college, Katherine attended the Howard University School of Law graduating with a focus on environmental law.  She currently works for the federal government in the environmental sector as a legal historian and information specialist. Katherine plays rugby when possible, playing in the annual alumni match at Mary Washington and occasionally with an Old Girls team. She is a USA Rugby Level 100 and Level 200 certified coach.  She is certified in CPR and First Aid and completed the CDC Concussion Awareness training. 


John Dacey, President and Coach: John is a Fort Hunt Rugby founder, and was a Fort Hunt Rugby dad from 2006 to 2016.  He http://files.leagueathletics.com/Images/Club/14420/DSC_0284.JPGis a retired Army officer who in the Fort Hunt community has coached ten seasons of girls soccer in LMVSA, and was a Scout leader from 2004 to 2016.  He’s been a member of the FHYAA Board since 2009.  He has played rugby since 1981, starting at Washington University in St. Louis. He’s played for the Washington University Banshees, Fort Sill (OK) Gunners, Baumholder (Germany) Highlanders, Heidelberg Black Sheep, the President’s XV, Heidelberger Turnverein, Heidelberger Ruderklub, the US Forces Europe Select XV, the All-US Army team, Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca (AZ) Desert Legion, Tacoma (WA) Nomads, Fort Lewis Stud Dawgs, Combined Old Boys Rugby Association (Malaysia), the Malaysian Ministry of Defence Old Boys, JICPAC Juggernauts (Hawaii), and currently is playing as an old boy with the Alexandria Roosters.  He has refereed in Europe and the US as a C1 ref, is a past member of the British Army Rugby Union Referees Society and the Pacific Northwest Rugby Referees Society, and is currently a member of the Potomac Society of Rugby Football Referees, and is a past chairman of the Rugby VA laws committee.  He has been a rugby administrator since 1988, as President of the Baumholder Highlanders, President of the Sierra Vista Desert Legion, President of the US Forces Europe Rugby Union in 1988 and 1989, and as a director of the US Army rugby program from 1987 to 1991.  He has coached the Baumholder Highlanders, Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca Desert Legion, JICPAC Juggernauts, and the University of Arizona Women, and first received his USA Rugby certification for coaching in 2007.  He is a life member of the US Rugby Football Foundation and is a Positive Coaching Alliance double-goal coach.

Scott DePhilllips, Boys High School Assistant Coach: Scott is a California transplant. He first started coaching with Fort Hunt http://files.leagueathletics.com/Images/Club/14420/dePhillips%20photo.jpgYouth Rugby in 2010 with his daughter, and has returned in 2017 to help with the boys. He has played rugby since 1991, starting with San Francisco Golden Gate RFC playing 7s when home from school and between playing football. He started playing 15s in 1993 with San Francisco Golden Gate RFC He has also played with a number of different men’s rugby clubs in a tournament setting. He continues to play Rugby for The Alexandria Roosters Rugby Club. Scott is certified for coaching at USA Rugby Level 1.



Ed Elfmann, Boys Varsity Assistant Coach: Ed is a Minnesota native who moved to the DC area in 2008. He first played rugby with American University while spending a semester in DC. Upon returning to Minnesota, he played for Macalester College from 2007 to 2008.  When Ed moved back to DC he played for the Maryland Exiles, Washington Rugby Club, and he currently plays for the Alexandria Griffins Men’s Club. Primarily a hooker, flanker or 8-man, Ed has played every position on the pitch throughout his career. Ed is in his second season of coaching Fort Hunt Rugby. Ed is a USA Rugby Level 100-certified coach.

In addition to coaching rugby, Ed is an assistant varsity football coach at West Potomac High School.  Ed currently works for the American Bankers Association as the Senior Vice President of Agricultural and Rural Banking Policy.

Jennifer Dennis: Club Secretary:

Jared Nugent, Boys JV Coach:

Dale Roach, Boys High School Head Coach: Dale is a Fort Hunt Rugby dad and has been a coach with Fort Hunt Rugby since 2007. He has played rugby since 1981, starting with his college side and playing for various men’s clubs over the years. He played for Wake Forest University for five years and was the captain of the WFU team in his senior year. Dale is certified for coaching at USA Rugby Level 1. Dale is active in the Fort Hunt community through his coaching and mentoring efforts:

  • Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association Board of Directors Board Member, 2007-2011

  • Fort Hunt Rugby Boys High School Head Coach, 2010-2011

  • Fort Hunt Youth Rugby Coach, 2007-2011

  • West Potomac High School Freshman Football Head Coach, 2010-2011

  • Youth Football Coach, 2005-2011

  • Fort Hunt Football Coach of the Year, 2006

  • Basketball Assistant Coach, 2005-2007

  • Lacrosse Assistant Coach, 2008-2009

  • Wrestling Assistant Coach, Cub Club Wrestling, 2009

  • Scouting: Boy Scout Assistant Scout Master, Troop 888, 2006-2011

  • Positive Coaching Alliance Level 1 Coaching Certification

CJ Sumpter, Boys Assistant Coach:

Andy Vonada, Girls High School Coach Emeritus: Andy is a co-founder of the Fort Hunt