Under the Posts – Jan 20-26 features Hamilton 7s and a history making performance by the Black Ferns. In XVs news, England brings clarity to their Women’s Performance Pathway, Papua New Guinea announces their training squad ahead of their clash with Tonga and we have updates on Energia AIL semi-finals and more leagues begin play … Read more
Under the Posts – Jan 13-19 features the formation of the XV Foundation by Alycia Washington & Kristine Sommer. In our XVs section, we’re looking at squads and PR ahead of the 2020 Six Nations and a catchup of all of the top leagues like Tyrrells, Energia AIL and USA Rugby Club. In 7s it … Read more
The Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club (PFRC) consists of four (4) competitive sides; Men’s Division II, III, IV and Women’s Division II all competing in the Midwest Competition Region (MCR). The women’s side consists of forty-nine (49) registered players with thirty-five (35) regularly attending training and games. The Forge women went undefeated in their inaugural regular season (2018) and made it to Midwest Playoffs in each of their first two seasons. They are also actively developing a second side while searching for a Head Coach for immediate hire.
The Head Coach is expected to make a commitment of time, energy, and effort to the development of our women’s side. All of the club’s sides compete in a fall XV’s season. Due to MCR seasonality, the spring season is a mixture of friendly matches, tours, tournaments, ‘Select Side’ competition and qualifying matches (if the USAR playoffs are achieved).
The Forge trains twice per week in the evenings and plays approximately six (6) league matches per season (per side). Away fixtures could be as far as five (5) hours in some cases. Friendly matches, tournaments, and playoff competition have taken us to places like Tennessee, the Carolinas, Florida and Iowa. The team would require the coach to also attend team meetings, serve on some committees, and be available to conduct individual feedback sessions at the coach’s discretion. The Head Coach would also have the ability to build a coaching staff for assistance.
The Head Coach would be expected to lead the team in providing development to all of the players, regardless of level and skill.
Must USA Rugby Level 200 Coaching Certification (Level 300 is preferred);
Ability to create game strategies and develop players of all skill levels;
Ability to coach both forwards and backs;
Regularly attendance at games and training sessions;
Possess strong leadership and communication skills;
Possess a motivation to continue rugby education and to build one’s knowledge set;
Research opponents for appropriate game prep;
Be accessible for players to request feedback regarding game play, fitness, rugby IQ, etc.
What we have to offer to you:
A seasonal stipend commensurate with experience;
An atmosphere of competitive players willing to constantly learn;
A large alumni network for professional connections (see “Note” below);
A professionally ran club with an active Board of Directors.
If interested, please provide the following to PGHForgeRugby@gmail.com:
At least one (1) rugby reference;
An explanation of coaching style, strategy, and any additional information you deem necessary to share.
We will be accepting coaching applications throughout the winter months in hopes or hiring a permanent coach for the Spring 2020 season. Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis once appropriate documents are received. We thank you in advance for your interest in coaching our club and look forward to learning about what you can bring to our organization.
PFRC Coaching Committee
Note: We understand that coaching is a serious commitment and other factors affect your ability to coach. We are ready to supply access to our rugby network within the city if necessary for job placement. Please inform us of what assistance, if anything, you would be looking for from the club.
The Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association (WRCRA) is hosting their second annual conference January 17-19 in Atlanta, GA. Women’s Rugby has been built by generations of women who are unapologetic about who they are and the ways diverse identities contribute to positive team cultures. The 2020 WRCRA Conference will explore this connection between personal … Read more
Trying out a new look this week, let us know what you think! Tweets are grouped by 15s, 7s, miscellaneous news, #rugbyjobs and results. The week starts out with Fiji qualifying for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, the Baa-Baas defeated Wales 29-15, Japan rises in the World Rugby rankings, and Scotland announces two additional … Read more
This week we saw the Black Ferns Developmental side win the Oceania Rugby Championship, Wales defeat Crawshay 29-8, Japan upset Scotland 24-20, Canada swept the USA in the CANAM series and England dominated Italy 60-3. We also catch up with the All-Ireland League, and the Barbarians announce their to face Wales. More news in the … Read more
Huge women’s rugby stories this week and we’re covering Spain’s defeat of Wales, England outlasts France, and Wales defeats Ireland. South Africa has been chosen to host the 2022 7s Rugby World Cup and Fiji and China both qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. But there’s more, we’re also looking at the NIRA final matchups, … Read more
The big women’s rugby stories this week include the upcoming South America Rugby (SAR7s), Sweden over Finland in the European Trophy, Spain defeated Wales and England took the first Rugby X tournament. We also cover the French Elite League, Glendale takes the 2019 WPL Championships, and we highlight the NIRA semi-finals as well as the … Read more
We realized last week that our ‘Under the Posts’ entries were spanning Sunday to Saturday and often splitting a weekend of rugby. So this week we’ll be transitioning to a Monday through Sunday week and that should give us better coverage! This week’s big stories include the busiest year of women’s test rugby ever, the … Read more
Another big week in women’s rugby with the release of the Dubai 7s pools and fixtures, Newcastle is launching a women’s side, a draw in the first match of the Rugby Europe Women’s Trophy and lots of #rugbyjobs postings. We also catch up with results from Tyrrells Premier, Farah Palmer Cup and the Women’s Premier … Read more