The Crusaders are the most successful Super Rugby team ever having won 10 league titles, including the past three, since the competition began in 1996. The Crusaders have also won the domestic Super Rugby competition created due to the COVID pandemic, Super Rugby Aotearoa, the past two seasons.
Now, you can learn from one of the best coaching staffs in world rugby. The Crusaders New Zealand Academy is developing the next group of rugby coaches. All coaches selected are provided with total immersion in a professional rugby environment for the duration of the program, July 1st – July 9th.
The US Rugby Foundation is offering grants to eligible applicants to take part in this course at a special discounted rate. Due to our history of working with the Crusaders in the past – the price, originally US$1,450 per coach, has been discounted to US$1,100. We are asking the grant recipients to pay $550 and US Rugby Foundation will cover the rest of the cost.
US Rugby Foundation has previously sponsored 6 coaches from youth to adult to participate in the coaching course:
Pate Tuilevuka – Seattle Rugby Club – Men’s Director of Rugby
Liz Kirk – Seattle Rugby Club – Women’s Director of Rugby
Lauren Barber – Rugby Washington – Vice Chair
Steve Brennan – Washington Loggers – Development Pathway
Will Wheaton – University of Washington Men’s Rugby – Director of Rugby
Paul Horne – Western Washington University Men’s Rugby – Director of Rugby
Previous sponsored coaches provide their experience with the Crusaders Coaching Course:
“Crusaders’ success is a product of their belief in themselves and the Crusader Culture, ‘Me/We’. I found it interesting to see the professionals making the same “skill breakdowns” that my college level players make, just not as often. The coach’s strategy is to ask “how do we get better?” Never right or wrong, good or bad!”
Paul Horne | Director of Rugby, Western Washington University Men’s Rugby
“This course is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the most innovative and successful rugby programs in the world. Being able to think strategically and have open coach discussions with the many staff and players is exciting. Additionally, we are extending our rugby network by collaborating with the course attendees outside of sessions. I’m eager to bring all my learnings to the rugby community here in the Pacific Northwest.”
Lauren Barber | Vice Chair, Rugby WA
Attend and listen to see the secret behind their world class environment at the Crusaders and meet the people who strive for success in their everyday roles. This will be the last coaching course for the year, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and apply by filling out the application below!