BC Rugby Invites Applications for Head Coach position, Happy Water U15 Boys Provincial Program

Closing date for applications is Monday, March 31st
Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:30 pm
by Dave Brown, BC Rugby

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The British Columbia Rugby Union, the Provincial Sport governing body for the sport of rugby football in British Columbia, is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Head Coach for the Happy Water U15 Boys Provincial Program.

Reporting to the BC Provincial Coach, Development Manager and the BCRU Chief Executive Officer, the successful applicant will operate within the guidelines of a fiscally responsible provincial program that is committed to on-field success and the overall promotion of the game. A professional staff working out of the BCRU Office supports all provincial teams.

Each coach of our provincial teams plays an important role in developing the quality of rugby in Canada. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and vision to ensure his/her team is at the leading edge of player development.


Coach Requirements:

The Head Coach’s duties involve:

•    Working with the Provincial Coach and Development Manager to outline the overall seasonal plan including provincial team player selections, practices, and development camps.

•    Attending the U15 Boys Provincial Regional Championships (June 28-29, 2014 at UBC, Vancouver). The head coach will also run the selection camp and coach the U15 BC team at the B2Gold PRCs (July 1-6 at UBC, Vancouver). NOTE: The head coach of the U15 Happy Water BC Provincial Program must not be a coach of a regional PRC’s team for either the U15 or U16 events.

The candidates for these positions should hold the following accreditation:

•    Currently Registered with BC Rugby
•    Completed Police Record Check – for all Coaches working with Youth
•    Trained in SafeRugby or Rugby Ready
•    Certified at the Introduction to Competition Coaching Context
•    A minimum of three years coaching experience in the specific coaching context at the Club/School and Regional Levels

Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills are critical for success in this role involving interaction with players, other provincial coaches and managers, BCRU staff, volunteers and the general public.  Team building and conflict resolution skills are essential. 


To apply for these positions, please submit applications including an updated resume to Dave Brown at dbrown@bcrugby.com

Dave Brown
Provincial Coach and Development Manager
BC National Rugby High Performance Centre Manager
British Columbia Rugby Union
203-210 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC | V5Y 3W2
604 737 3067

Closing date for applications is Monday, March 31st.
No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Description: 

Reports to:
BC Rugby Chief Executive Officer
BC Rugby Provincial Coach & Development Manager

The British Columbia Rugby Union Provincial Team Head Coach is a proven leader who will utilize a successful coaching experience and background to ensure that the provincial team will achieve its on-field potential.   

In addition to on-field success, the Head Coach is committed to long-term player development, the overall promotion of the game and to operating within the guidelines of a provincial program that is consistent across all levels and ensures British Columbia’s rugby programs are a proud reflection of our province and its sporting traditions.

Roles & Responsibilities:
1.    Plan and implement provincial team player selections, practices, training camps, development camps, and preparation for games and exhibition fixtures
2.    Effective co-ordination and communication of game  preparation and implementation
3.    Knowledge and understanding of game adjustments and facilitating them during competition.
4.    Co-ordination of post-game analysis of statistics and video-tapes (if possible) and the implementation of adjustments to practice and game plan preparation
5.    Work collaboratively with the BC Rugby Provincial Coach and Development Manager to develop, refine and execute a team plan that maximizes player development.
6.    Provide comprehensive year-end progress reports along with other intermittent updates as required.
7.    Communicate areas of responsibility for team captain and other team leaders
8.    Media interaction where necessary
9.    Participate in the selection process and assignment of areas of responsibility for the Assistant Coach and other adjunct or intern coaches
10.    Develop and administer areas of responsibility and expectations for the Assistant Coach(s), adjunct coaches, and mentored coaches.
11.    Adhere to the sponsorship guidelines as set out by the BCRU
12.    Other duties as might be defined by the BCRU Board of Directors from time to time

Position Specifications:

Knowledge and Skills:
1.    Strong technical and tactical expertise and teaching ability
2.    Ability to select quality rugby players that have the skill to be successful at the Provincial level
3.    Excellent leadership and organizational skills
4.    Flexibility to travel
5.    Supervisory skills with delegation of areas of responsibility
6.    Team building and group dynamics skills
7.    Decisive and proactive
8.    Ability to identify necessary needed improvements and make strategic adjustments during game situation
9.    Demonstrated ability to work with volunteers within the rugby community
10.    Experienced in measuring outcomes and implementing player / program tracking
11.    Strategic planning both short and long term
12.    Ability to remain composed in difficult situations
13.    Dispute resolution and conflict management skills
14.    Excellent communication skills
15.    Creative problem solving skills

BC Rugby and Happy Water partner to 'Tackle the World'
Happy Water is a major proprietary brand developed by Leading Brands, Inc. [NASDAQ: LBIX] and is now a Premier BC Rugby sponsor.  In June of 2012, BC Rugby and Leading Brands, Inc. CEO Ralph McRae announced a partnership with TrueBlue® Blueberry Juice to sponsor three specific, age-level programs through BC Rugby.  The partnership has since evolved with Happy Water now the title sponsor for three major programs positioned at a pivotal period in a rugby player’s career; from the introduction to the sport all the way up to international tours.  The motto for the innovative partnership is 'Happy Water Tackle the World'.  McRae's initiative has seen Happy Water and TrueBlue® further enhance the Mini Rugby program, as well as provide opportunities for age grade representation through supporting the U15 and U17 men's provincial teams. The partnership's third pillar provides opportunities for BC coaches to gain experience at the highest level through coaching development opportunities with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

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