Coaches and Leadership

Coaching Staff

Joanna Bader
Head Coach

Joanna Bader has been involved with the Furies for 20 years and we are ecstatic to see her begin her coaching career with us as our new head coach, after retiring from her 19-year career in the Fall of 2014. Joanna joined the Furies in 1995 as a rookie to the team and brand new to rugby. She started out as a prop but ultimately spent the majority of her rugby career at lock. In addition to serving as both Treasurer and Ruggerfest Chair, Joanna was Furies captain in both 2007 and 2011 and Furies president from 2005-2006. She played with MARFU All-Stars for several years and was RUGBYMag Women’s Club 15s Player of the Year in 2013. She is looking forward to coaching the Furies and to the team’s continued success.

Eric Keys
Interim Head Coach, Spring 2016

Eric Keys comes to the Furies with abundant domestic and international rugby experience, both playing and coaching. Eric is new to the D.C. Area, having previously spent eight years as the head coach for the University of Florida’s women’s rugby club and one year
as the assistant coach with the Worcester Rugby Club. Additionally, Eric coached the USA DSCN0990Rugby South Under 19 Women’s Select Side from 2008 until 2011. Before starting his coaching career, Eric played for several years, making select sides in Arizona, New England and Minnesota, as well as short-term playing stints in Colombia, Ecuador and Kenya. The Furies welcome Eric’s wealth of rugby knowledge and are excited to learn from all he has to offer!

Candace Gingrich
Division 2 Coach

Candace fell in love with rugby while a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987. Upon graduation she moved back to the Harrisburg area and as player/coach formed Central PA’s first women’s rugby team, Capital Area Women (now known as Harrisburg Women) and briefly played with the Maulie Maguires of Northeastern PA. Upon moving to Washington, DC, Candace fortuitously found and joined the Washington Furies and began playing in spring of 1996 and has been Proud to Be A Fury ever since. Candace has toured with the Furies to France, Ireland, South Africa, Argentina & head shot nolaEngland. In 2011, Candace was voted by her peers to become a Lifetime Fury in recognition for her contributions to the team on and off the field. She received her referee certification in 2008 and is always happy to share her love for and knowledge of the laws with anyone willing to listen. Candace briefly served as the DII assistant coach in the spring of 2014 and has now returned to coach her beloved Furies alongside her longtime teammate, Joanna Bader.


Captain – Sharifa Love
Co-captain – Katie ‘Army Katie’ Thomen
DII Captain – Leah ‘Camper’ Drew

DII Co-Captain – Elishia Webster
President – Megan Foster
Match Secretary – Hana Passen
Vice President of Recruitment – Leni Dworkis
7’s Captain (Summer 2015) – Sharifa Love-Schnur
7’s Co-Captain (Summer 2015) – Maggie Olney
7’s Coordinator – Katy Stewart
Vice President of Public Relations – Erin O’Reilly
Ruggerfest Chairs (2015) – 
Leni Dworkis and Lucia Martino
Executive Secretary – Elske Tielens
Treasurer – Sharifa Love
Fundraising Chair – Elske Tielens
Vice President of Operations – Gussie Maguire
Social Chairperson – Anna Cohen-Price
Capital Geographic Union Representative – Milla Sanes
WPL Manager – Milla Sanes
Alumni Network Coordinator – Dre Khoury