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 to join CGU in 2019

When the Women’s Premier League began competition in 2009, the Furies were among the founding teams that kick-started the elite level of women’s rugby in the U.S. Over the next 10 years, the Furies have been one of the few teams that have remained in the league since its inception. It’s unfortunate to say that after the challenge match against Life West Gladiatrix following the 2018 season, the Furies will be exiting the league to begin competing in the Capital Geographic Union. The Furies have nothing but positivity and motivation moving into the off-season. As we begin this new journey, we will work to excel at this new level of competition and look forward to the opportunity to win back a place in the league. The Furies have been a part of the Women’s Premier League since the beginning—and our story is far from over. #ProudtobeaFury

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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

WPL takes on ORSU in first 2018 Nationals match-up

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Photo: Douglas Jacobs

In a rematch of their first Nationals fixture of 2017, the Furies will face Oregon Sports Union in the first match of this year’s tournament. Kickoff is 10 a.m. EDT tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 26. If you’re not in the Atlanta area, be sure to catch the action on Flo Rugby, follow along on Twitter: @dcfuries, and/or keep up with our players’ shenanigans via Instagram: @dcfuries!

We will update this post with information on the Furies’ next games as soon as we have it! In the meantime, here’s the lineup for tomorrow’s game against ORSU:

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

Subs: Jaimie McFarlin, Emilia Ferrara, Ellen Treimel, Xa Hopkins, Kristen Maxey, Sierra Winans, Kiera Johnson, Trevonne Homer

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Kickoff: Furies vs. Oregon Sports Union, 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 26
Location: Lupo Family Field- Life University, 1494 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060

Thank you to Judy Booty for driving the Tweetmobile, and to Sharifa and Ellen T. who are plotting the Instagram takeover with Judy!

WPL faces New York on Sunday

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Photo: Douglas Jacobs

We are coming up on the home stretch of this year’s WPL season, with the Furies taking on New York Rugby Club at home on Sunday! And if one match isn’t enough rugby for you, you’re in luck. After they play each other, the Furies and NYRC (along with anyone else who wants to join) will band together to play against Nova in a second match!

Here’s the 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. Emilia Ferrara
  11. Chia Martino
  12. Lauran Glover
  13. Gussie Maguire
  14. Gloria Cho
  15. Katy Stewart

Subs: Brooke Branson, Jaimie McFarlin, Ellen Treimel, Mary Yost, Nina Tran, Trevonne Homer, Kristen Maxey

Kickoff: 12 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7
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