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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In alphabetical order:

Katherine Aversano, Gators (Girls) High School and Middle School Head Coach: Kat has been with Fort Hunt since 2014 as both a 15s and 7s coach.  She has coached the HS Girls team to multiple 7s and 15s tournament championships and grown the MS girls team from the ground up. She also coaches with the NOVA Women’s RFC 15s program and has done so since 2017.  NOVA Women won the DI National Championship for the 2018-2019 season.  She is also the founder and Commissioner of the Chesapeake Rugby Conference that schedules girls tackle rugby in MD, DC, VA, WV, and DE. he is a USAR Level 300/World Level 2 Certified coach, and a Positive Coaching Alliance double-goal coach.  Kat has introduced the following programs to the girls team: ACTIVATE, TeamUp SpeakUp, rugby resumes, and partnered with the Blair College of Health on a young athlete nutrition program.  During her 4-year rugby tenure at Mary Washington, they placed 3rd in the nation, 1st in the VRU each year, won the VRU Team Sportsmanship Award, and won the Referee Society of VA Award.  In 2020 she was elected to the USAY&HSR BOD as the SE Regional Director covering MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, and TN.  Kat is employed as a legal historian and information specialist with the federal government. 

Kevin Bishop, Warriors Assistant Varsity Coach: Kevin played at flyhalf/center/fullback at the University of Maryland from 2008 to 2011, and with the Maryland/Potomac Exiles until 2014. After injuries forced an early retirement, he began working as an Assistant Coach with the UMD Men's Team in 2014, first working with the B-Side before taking over the backs and attacking pattern. During that time he was also Head Coach of the UMD 7s team, taking the Terps 7s group to multiple Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) appearances. He currently lives in Arlington and work for the Department of Defense.

Monica Castro, Gators Assistant Coach:

John Dacey, Fort Hunt President and Coach: John is a Fort Hunt Rugby founder, and was a Fort Hunt Rugby dad from 2006 to 2016, with a daughter and then a son.  He http://files.leagueathletics.com/Images/Club/14420/DSC_0284.JPGis a retired Army officer who in the Fort Hunt community has coached thirteen seasons of girls soccer in LMVSA and was a Cub/Boy Scout adult 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 (Germany) 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 (COBRA) (Malaysia), the Malaysian Ministry of Defence Old Boys, JICPAC Juggernauts (Hawaii), and finished his playing career in 2016 as an old boy with the Alexandria Roosters.  He has refereed in Europe and the US as a B-panel ref, is a past member of the British Army Rugby Union Referees Society, the Pacific Northwest Rugby Referees Society, and 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.

 

JJ Fagan, Gators Assistant Coach:

Ashley George, Gators Assistant Coach: Ashley is somewhat new to rugby, a player now for four years and coaching with Fort Hunt since 2019.  We are thrilled to have her with us.

Luke Mann, Warriors JV Coach:

Kerian McManus, Warriors Varsity Head Coach:

Dale Roach, Warriors (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 200. 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-present

  • Fort Hunt Youth Rugby Coach, 2007-2011

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

  • 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

Vinnie Torza, Warriors Varsity Assistant Coach:

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