Vancouver, BC – April 10, 2019: BC Rugby is pleased to announce the selection of 9 Head Coaches that will take charge of the U15-U18 Representative XVs teams. Many of the staff return to roles they occupied in 2018, with new additions Darren Munro, Shannon Atkins and Lauren Sargent completing the set up for the 2019 Summer season. They will join returning head coaches Jared Barker, Doug Branchflower, Stuart Crowley, Matt Fraser, Everett Konsmo Shane Muldrew & Aaron O’Flaherty.
Lauren Sargent, who will oversee the U15 Girls’ XV, is no stranger to rapid progression. Picking up rugby for the first time in high school, within four years she had already featured on Regional and Provincial teams, including playing at the BC Summer Games and Canadian National Championships. An equally quick transition into coaching has seen her work with St Michaels University School and Castaway Wanderers U16/U19 Girls’ Program and a current role with the Victoria High School Girls’ Program. A tenacious scrum-half in her playing career and dubbed a “natural born leader”, Lauren will be an exciting addition to the BC coaching set up.
Shannon Atkins will be taking over from An Hoang as Head Coach of the U16 Girls’ XV. A 27 year veteran of rugby coaching, Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working across many levels of rugby including school, regional, provincial and University and a journey that has taken her from coast to coast, originally hailing from Prince Edward Island and now firmly settled in Vancouver Island. Her passion for the sport is undeniable and sees rugby as a fantastic vehicle for empowerment in the players she works with.
Darren Munro completes the new additions to the coaching staff and will team up with Shane Muldrew in coaching the U15 Boys’ XV. Hailing from Campbell River, Munro has spent over 10 years coaching players from the local area and North Island Region (Tsunami). He prides himself not only in helping these players to achieve string results in regional tournaments like the PRCs, but helping to prepare athletes for their next steps into Provincial and University rugby environments.
These three join an experienced group of Age-Grade BC Rugby Rep XV coaching staff, many of them now in their third or fourth year of coaching the province’s brightest talents. After a largely successful 2018 Summer Season at the U16 and U18 Western Canadian Championships (WCC), the teams will be looking to build on these performances.
The U15 and U16 teams will once again head to Kelowna for the U16 WCC, while the U17 and U18 teams will travel to Regina, SK, for their U18 WCC tournament. At each event, the teams will face competition from top athletes from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Given the level of competition on display at these tournaments in 2018, the BC teams will once again have to bring their very best performances if they are to come out on top.
Presently, ID sessions for Age-Grade athletes are taking place across BC. These, along with regional competitions like the Provincial Regional Championships, are part of the selection pathway for any athlete hoping to be selected for a BC Representative XV team. For more information, visit the BC Rugby XVs Hub.