Vancouver, BC – May 17th, 2019: On Friday, BC Rugby announced several staffing changes following the departure of Tony LaCarte, after five years of supporting our community with passion and dedication. Initially the Rugby Development Officer (RDO) for Vancouver Island, he would grow to take on various additional coaching responsibilities across regional, provincial and national teams. Most recently, he stepped up to the role of Head of Rugby Growth and Development, taking over from the previous incumbent Dean Murten.
During his time with BC Rugby, Tony worked hard to earn the trust of the rugby communities on Vancouver Island, as well as growing the relationship between rugby and Indigenous communities across the province. A familiar face to many from his days as one of Canada’s top players on the field, he quickly became known for being just as a dependable and hard-working off the field.
“I have a number of people who I wish to thank expressly for their support over my time with BC Rugby. From Dave Brown and Jim Dixon for giving me the initial opportunity to work with BC Rugby, to Annabel Kehoe and the current board who have provided me with personal development opportunities and chance to move up within the organization. Dean Murten, for his keen mentorship both as a manager in the office and coach on the field, and the rest of my BC Rugby colleagues who work extremely hard to support the sport and each other. Finally, I wish to thank the countless volunteers, players, club staff, referees, and all other members of the rugby community here in BC for their support and friendship along the way.”
“On behalf of the BC Rugby Board and staff, I would like to thank Tony for the passion, leadership and commitment he has given to rugby in this province and to this organisation,” said BC Rugby CEO, Annabel Kehoe. “Moving forward, I’ve asked existing staff to step up and look forward to welcoming Brynna Walker as our new Events and Team Services Manager to return our staffing to full strength.”
Brynna Walker will be joining the BC Rugby team on June 3 in the position of Events & Team Services Manager and will be based in the Vancouver office on a full-time basis.
Brynna has been the Program Manager at Tapestry for the last three years where she’s been responsible for planning and managing a team to deliver recreational and community activities for the residents of the luxury senior living communities in Vancouver. However, Brynna has always been looking for the opportunity to work in rugby having played representative age-grade rugby in Manitoba and then at the University of Calgary where she was named to the CIS All Canadian and CanWest All Star teams.
Leading BC Rugby’s various rugby programs will now be divided in line with BC Rugby’s strategic objectives with Darcy Patterson leading on women’s and girl’s rugby, Aaron Takel with men’s and boy’s rugby and Thomas Viljoen taking responsibility for club, school and community programs aimed at increasing U12 participation. Chris Assmus rounds out the rugby department providing leadership in the growth and development of officials throughout the province.