Who should apply for a Premiership Rugby coaching development scholarship?

If you read this blog, then you already know that I applied for a Premiership Rugby coaching development scholarship last year. The application is straightforward: submit a ninety-second video along with your contact info.

When I first considered applying, I was unsure if I was qualified and did not know what I to put in my video. Having received the scholarship and completed the program, it’s clear that being authentic and showing your passion for coaching is all that’s required.

And as you can see in the charts below, the thirty scholarship recipients in the Spring 2019 cohort span the gamut. All player levels are represented from grade school through to the adult National team.

Athlete age group being coached by scholarship recipients.
Athlete age group being coached by scholarship recipients.

Among the scholarship recipients, the male coaches outnumbered female coaches 2:1. However, the athletes being coached were evenly-split on gender.

Athlete gender being coached by scholarship recipients.
Athlete gender being coached by scholarship recipients.
Gender of scholarship recipients.
Gender of scholarship recipients.

In other words, anyone and everyone coaching rugby in America should consider applying for the next Premiership Rugby coaching development scholarship. It will take place October 27th through November 3rd in London, England. The application deadline is August 26 (apply here).

If you need some inspiration, you can review the application videos from the Spring 2019 scholarship recipients below.

JK Anderson - Charlotte, NC.
Coaches club men at Charlotte Rugby Club.
Patrick Artz - Sioux Falls, SD.
Coaches high school boys at Dakota United Rugby.
Blake Bradford - Atlanta, GA.
Coaches club men at Life University.
Greg Conover - Richland, NJ.
Coaches high school boys at St. Augustine Prep Rugby.
Andy Dauser - Rockford, MI.
Coaches high school girls at Sparta Rock Girls RFC.
Victor Drover - Sussex, WI.
Coaches high school girls at Hamilton RFC.
Wes Eustis - New Orleans, LA.
Coaches high school boys at Jesuit Rugby.
Dave Fee - Bloomington, IN.
Coaches collegiate men at IU Men’s/Women’s RC.
Rhiannon Marie Filer - Buffalo, NY.
Coaches high school girls at South Buffalo RC.
Seamus Fitzgerald - Laie, HI.
Coaches primary school girls and boys at Laie Youth Rugby.
Christina Gein - Sacramento, CA.
Coaches collegiate men at University of the Pacific RC.
Rachel Grispon - Easton, PA.
Coaches collegiate women at Lafayette College RC.
Jeff Hullinger - Salt Lake City, UT.
Coaches club men at Rugby Utah.
Reginald James - San Fernando Valley, CA.
Coaches primary school girls and boys at Rising Eagles Youth Rugby.
Samuel Johnson - Memphis, TN.
Coaches primary school girls and boys at Memphis Inner City Rugby.
David Krosner - Raleigh, NC.
Coaches primary school boys at Raleigh Redhawks.
Jenny Lui - Boston, MA.
Coaches elite women at USA Rugby Eagles.
Lisa May - Battle Ground, OR.
Coaches middle school boys at Battle Ground Rebels RC.
Sunny Myers - Raleigh, NC.
Coaches primary school girls and boys at Raleigh Rugby.
Tran Nguyen - Worcester, MA.
Coaches club women at Worcester Shamrocks RC.
Joshua Pendergrass - Grand Junction, CO.
Coaches primary school girls and boys at 4 Corners Rugby Academy.
KJ Abel Ruch - Lawrence, KS.
Coaches club women at Kansas Women's RFC.
Cory Schlack - Fargo, ND.
Coaches collegiate men at North Dakota State University RFC.
Jamie Stephen - Chicago, IL.
Coaches high school girls at Taft High School RC.
John Waliszewski - Waukesha, WI.
Coaches high school girls at Catholic Memorial Crusaders RC.
Chris Washburn - Dunellen, NJ.
Coaches middle school girls and boys at Dunellen Youth Rugby.
John Watson - St. Louis, MO.
Coaches primary school girls and boys at Missouri Youth Rugby.
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