Furies seeking D2 Head Coach for 2019

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Photo: Amber I. Smith

The DC Furies are actively seeking a D2 Head Coach for 2019. The position is part-time and voluntary.

About the team:

The Washington Women’s Rugby Football Club, better known as the DC Furies, is one of the oldest women’s rugby clubs in the nation. The Furies field one top-level side and a second side that competes in Division 2.  The club is comprised of a mix of elite, developmental, and beginner athletes. A number of Furies players earn selection to the regional CGU select side, and many are currently vying for spots in the National Team selection pools.

The Furies play in the spring, summer, and fall, with skills and fitness work throughout the winter. Practices take place in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and 15s matches are scheduled throughout the United States.

The Furies are a 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of providing competitive and social rugby for women in the D.C. metropolitan area.

D2 Head Coach Responsibilities:

  • Work with the head coach to manage the team’s D2 side
  • Provide intensive, high-quality training and opportunities for learning to all club members, with a focus on the D2 side
  • Work with the coaching staff to adapt the club’s overall strategy, season game plans, and session planning and match day game plans to the D2 side
  • Build and promote a culture of positive attitudes, a drive for development, and competitive success
  • Ensure D2 players receive the highest quality coaching, preparation and feedback.
  • Communicate with team captains

D2 Head Coach Knowledge, Skills and Qualities:

  • Significant experience coaching rugby together with relevant qualifications. USA Rugby coaching certifications desirable
  • Knowledge of coaching practices and techniques to develop all rugby players
  • The ability to adapt and implement a robust skill development program, game play strategies and appropriate training sessions for all players
  • Articulates and delivers a clear playing and coaching philosophy that is in accordance with the objectives of the club
  • Is strongly biased toward a player-centered in approach to coaching
  • Creates an environment that balances player development with team performance
  • Is able to lead and manage people
  • Is able to articulate and deliver sound coaching processes
  • Sets high standards of personal accountability, reliability and responsibility for the players and staff
  • Is able to work effectively with other members of the team leadership

D2 Head Coach Benefits:

  • A modest stipend for each season (commensurate with experience)
  • Travel costs for games fully covered
  • Funding for coaching development opportunities

Interested applicants should please submit a Rugby CV and cover letter to

Name: Maggie Olney
Title: Coaching Committee Chair
Email: Marjorie.olney@gmail.com

Furies seeking head coach for 2019 season

081918-WPLvZonsThe DC Furies are actively seeking a Head Coach for 2019. The position is part-time and voluntary.

About the team:

The Washington Women’s Rugby Football Club, better known as the DC Furies, is one of the oldest women’s rugby clubs in the nation. The Furies field one top-level side and a second side that competes in Division 2.  The club is comprised of a mix of elite, developmental, and beginner athletes. A number of Furies players earn selection to the regional CGU select side, and many are currently vying for spots in the National Team selection pools.

The Furies play in the spring, summer, and fall, with skills and fitness work throughout the winter. Practices take place in the Washington, D.C. metro area, and 15s matches are scheduled throughout the United States.

The Furies are a 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of providing competitive and social rugby for women in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Head Coach Responsibilities:

  • Provide intensive, high-quality training and opportunities for learning to all club members, with a focus on the first XV side
  • Produce and establish an overall strategy, season game plan, and session planning & match day game plans
  • Build and promote a culture of positive attitudes, a drive for high performance, and competitive success
  • Lead the coaching and manage the contribution of the coaching staff to ensure the players receive the highest quality coaching, preparation and feedback
  • Communicate with team captains

Head Coach Knowledge, Skills and Qualities:

  • Significant experience coaching rugby at a high/elite level together with relevant qualifications. World Rugby coaching qualifications desirable
  • Knowledge of coaching practices and techniques to develop all levels of rugby players
  • The ability to create and implement a robust skill development program, game play strategies and appropriate training sessions for a variety of skill levels
  • A passion for providing leadership and developing a love of the sport
  • Demonstrates a track record of personal coach development
  • Articulates and delivers a clear playing and coaching philosophy that is in accordance with the objectives of the club
  • Is strongly biased toward a player-centered approach to coaching.
  • Creates an environment that balances player development with team performance.
  • Is able to articulate and deliver sound coaching processes
  • Sets high standards of personal accountability, reliability and responsibility for the players and staff
  • Is able to lead and manage others while working effectively with other members of the team leadership

Head Coach Benefits:

  • A modest stipend for each season (commensurate with experience)
  • Travel costs for games fully covered
  • Funding for coaching development opportunities
  • Free or low-cost housing and transportation can be arranged
  • A vast network of connections to other potential work experiences

Interested applicants should please submit a Rugby CV and cover letter to:

Name: Maggie Olney
Title: Coaching Committee Chair
Email: Marjorie.olney@gmail.com

D2 hosts James River in home rematch

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Photo: Douglas Charland

In a rematch of the first game of the season, D2 will host James River at Rosecroft Raceway. It has been a hard season so far, with some major injuries sidelining some of our mainstays, but vets and rookies alike have shown enormous flexibility in learning new positions.

WPL has a bye ahead of a home game against New York on Oct. 7.

Here’s the lineup:

  1. Kerri Stancil
  2. Xa Hopkins
  3. Jennifer “Wiggles” Konish
  4. Amanda Cordray
  5. Mary Yost
  6. Amanda “Finny” Fins
  7. Cheri Chen
  8. Ellen Treimel
  9. Briley Acker
  10. Lucy Albin
  11. Caitlin Gibney
  12. Sierra Winans
  13. Kelly Maranchuck
  14. Amy O’Sullivan
  15. Katie Auchenbach

Subs: Phedra Benoit, Alex Hart, Kristen Clardy, Katie Ursitti, Amy Kaiser-Jones, Alex Scholl-Marvel

Kickoff: 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29
Location: Rosecroft Raceway, 6336 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Can’t make it? Follow the games live on Twitter: @dcfuries

WPL, D2 split for away games

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Both sides are on the road this weekend, with D2 squaring off against Norfolk on Saturday and WPL facing the Amazons in Minnesota on Sunday. The latter game will be the halfway point of the WPL season and a rematch of the season opener, in which the Furies edged the Zons 33-31 in a nailbiter.

It was a tough pair of losses for the Furies last Saturday, with D2 falling 0-51 to Severn River. WPL put some early points on the board, but ultimately lost 12-51.

Here’s the D2 lineup:

  1. Jennifer “Wiggles” Konish
  2. Carmen Cordova
  3. Phedra Benoit
  4. Carly Gniewek
  5. Amanda Cordray
  6. Amanda “Finny” Fins
  7. Alex Hart
  8. Xa Hopkins
  9. Briley Acker
  10. Lucy Albin
  11. Caitlin Gibney
  12. Lauren “Kirk” Kirkland
  13. Kelly Maranchuck
  14. Katie Ursitti
  15. Katie Auchenbach

Subs: Amy O’Sullivan, Kristen Clardy, Jennifer Mangano, Amy Kaiser-Jones, Alex Scholl-Marvel

Kickoff: 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22
Location: Captain Slade Cutter Athletic Park, 100 Elementary Drive, Norfolk, VA 23551

And here’s the WPL lineup:

  1. Jocelyn Richards
  2. Leni Dworkis
  3. Rian Van Nordheim
  4. Kat Hanson
  5. Chloe Jex
  6. Arielle Reid
  7. Michelle Vander Ploeg
  8. Sharifa Love-Schnur
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. Sam Moorhead
  11. Lauran Glover
  12. Gussie Maguire
  13. Emilia Ferrara
  14. Kiera Johnson
  15. Gloria Cho

Subs: “Hero” Jo Bader, Sierra Winans, Trevonne Homer

Kickoff: 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 23
Location: Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

Can’t make it? Follow the games live on Twitter: @dcfuries

Furies host Severn River, Atlanta Harlequins

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Photo: Colleen McCloskey

It looks as though we have dodged the hurricane (or did it dodge us?) and Saturday’s matches will go ahead as planned! In a rare double header, D2 will play Severn River at 11 a.m. and WPL will face Atlanta at 1 p.m. Do keep an eye on Twitter (@dcfuries) or this post for any game-day updates. There is a chance we will have to change the games’ location and we will let you know as soon as we know.

Here’s the D2 lineup:

  1. Jennifer “Wiggles” Konish
  2. Xa Hopkins
  3. Kerri Stancil
  4. Carly Gniewek
  5. Kat Hanson
  6. Cheri Chen
  7. Amanda “Finny” Fins
  8. Reem Hafez
  9. Kristen Maxey
  10. Sierra Winans
  11. Katie Ursitti
  12. Lauren “Kirk” Kirkland
  13. Caitlin Gibney
  14. Katie Auchenbach
  15. Trevonne Homer

Subs: Brooke Branson, Carmen Cordova, Amanda Cordray, Lynsey Kotz, Amy O’Sullivan, Amy Kaiser-Jones, Lucy Albin, Alex Hart

Kickoff: 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15

Here’s the WPL lineup:

  1. Jocelyn Richards
  2. Leni Dworkis
  3. Rian Van Nordheim
  4. Emilia Ferrara
  5. Jaimie McFarlin
  6. Arielle Reid
  7. Michelle Vander Ploeg
  8. Sharifa Love-Schnur
  9. Maggie Myles
  10. Sam Moorhead
  11. Emily Fulbrook
  12. Asinate “Nate” Serevi
  13. Lauran Glover
  14. Gloria Cho
  15. Katy Stewart

Subs: Brooke Branson, Chloe Jex, Kat Hanson, Chia Martino, Kristen Maxey, Sierra Winans

Kickoff: 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
Location: Signal Hill Park, Field 4 (9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park, VA 20111

Can’t make it? Follow the games live on Twitter: @dcfuries