Theo Bennett to Lead the All Blues into the 2017 WPL Season

We are excited to announce that we have offered the position of head coach to Theo Bennett for the upcoming fall WPL season.  Theo has been coaching rugby around the world since 1994, starting in his home country of New Zealand. His diversity of experience has had him coach both men and women, both 15s and 7s, and he has also developed other coaches throughout his career. He speaks English and Portuguese, and is also a competition athlete of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His current work has him stationed in Brazil where he is the head coach and founder of Atena Women’s Rugby Seven’s club that serves to create pathways for local players to the Brazilian National Team. He also serves as a rugby consultant for the US Air Force men’s team, for which he travels to the US and coaches them in the days leading up to tournaments.  Notably, while coaching in Australia, he successfully coached a struggling team back from a 30+ game losing streak to the top four in their division.

 Theo Bennett. Image courtesy of http://pioneiro.clicrbs.com.br/

Theo Bennett. Image courtesy of http://pioneiro.clicrbs.com.br/

Through the coach selections committee’s conversations with Theo, we have seen his genuine enthusiasm for building a strong community both for our team and for himself in the Bay Area and in supporting the All Blues’ team culture and performance.  Theo wrote that, “after talking to Allie [Byrne] and Lisa [Dombroski] briefly, we established that there is a needed long-term plan and philosophy for rebuilding a foundation of sustainable rugby quality, and player and coach development.”  This is in line with our club’s refocused goal of player development, which we started in earnest in the past D2 spring season.  Theo sees his role as “a builder of communities,” figuring out how one can fit people into a place where they feel appreciated and belong, and at the same time “guiding the objectives of all stakeholders, so that we are productive in our rugby culture and have sustainability of positive outcomes.”

 Theo talking to the forwards during a recent 7s practice in Bayport Park, Alameda.  Photo: Evan Hoese

Theo talking to the forwards during a recent 7s practice in Bayport Park, Alameda.  Photo: Evan Hoese

The executive board believes Theo’s plans of helping build our community and our players’ confidence through training will be key in elevating the All Blues in the WPL and strengthening our Olympic pathway.  He is currently visiting the area to get a feel for our team culture and begin planning the upcoming WPL season.  He has been very enthusiastic in supporting our 7s players, as well as our team fundraising activities for SF Pride.  Catch him while he’s in town until July 3rd!  We look forward to having him start his official role at the start of the WPL season, which begins in mid-August!

Logan named Head Coach of the All Blues

by Katy Augustyn

BERKELEY, Ca. – Former All Blues player Katrina Logan has been hired as head coach of the All Blues for the 2015 Women’s Premiere League (WPL) season.

Logan has 16 years combined playing and coaching experience.  She started her playing career with Stanford University Women’s Rugby Club.  While at Stanford she represented both the U-23 Pacific Coast Grizzlies and the U-23 National Team.

“I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to coach the All Blues this season,” Logan said. 

Upon graduation, Logan played for several Bay Area teams, including the Berkeley All Blues in 2009 and 2013.  She also competed for the Pacific Coast Grizzlies Senior 15s and 7s select sides. 

In 2009, Logan was named an assistant coach at her alma mater.  The Stanford Cardinal had an impressive run during her tenure, finishing within the top four in the nation six times.  Logan was also an assistant coach at the Stanford University Eagle Training Center (ETC) and was Co-Head Coach of the Pacific Mountain North All-Star Team in 2014.

“I look forward to driving success by developing a competitive environment in the club and by pushing players to think more critically about the game and their development,” Logan said.  “I know that good results don't come easy in the WPL and I am prepared to rise to the challenge.” 

The All Blues kick off the WPL season with an away game against the Oregon Sport Union, in Portland, Oregon on September 12th.  Their first home game will be on September 20th against the San Diego Surfers.  

 All Blues new Head Coach, Katrina "Bisquit" Logan.                             Picture credit: Sydney Provan

All Blues new Head Coach, Katrina "Bisquit" Logan.                             Picture credit: Sydney Provan

Job Listing: Sevens Coaching Position

 

The Team

Founded in 1978, the Berkeley All Blues is one of the elite women’s rugby teams in America. The Club has won a combined total of 16 National Championships in both 15’s and 7’s, including the recent 2013 Club 7s National Championship and 2012 Women’s Premier League National Championship.   The All Blues Rugby 7’s program consists of approximately 40-50 women, dedicated to the club and the sport of rugby. The All Blues welcome athletes of all levels that range from novice to elite. Athletes from the All Blues are consistently chosen to compete on the Women’s National Team and Select Sides, and we currently have two athletes in residence at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The goal for our 7’s season is to compete at the highest level of rugby 7’s, with the aim to secure a third National 7’s Championship title. In addition we strive to foster the development of collegiate and senior club athletes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of overall team and sub-unit strategies
  • Moderate practice training plans with long-term goals for the season
  • Providing effective feedback to individuals and the team
  • Develop and execute athlete development and improvement plans for individual players
  • Attending all league matches and Nationals (August 9-10; Location TBD)
  • Coordinating match selections with team captains
  • Work with the club’s executive board to execute long term club goals
  • To undertake any other necessary and relevant duties under the direction of the club’s executive board

Qualifications

  • Previous rugby 7’s competition and coaching experience is required; a strong understanding of the game of rugby and the game of 7’s specifically is required
  • A USA Rugby Level 200 coaching certification or higher is required
  • Specific experience coaching women is preferred
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with athletes and the executive board. Also with other coaches and club personnel, and be able to present a highly professional image when representing the Berkeley All Blues WRFC.
  • Must be able to establish positive working relationships with all club members
  • Must be able to balance the commitment to excellence on the field with a sense of fun and enjoyment that is conveyed to others.
  • Must be able to organize him/her-self and others effectively.
  • Must be an effective team member with sufficient flexibility and willingness to take on roles outside his/her normal functional responsibility when required.
  • Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience
  • Match travel related expenses will be paid by the club.

Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: allbluespresident@gmail.com

 

Berkeley All Blues Division II Coach Search

The Berkeley All Blues Women’s Rugby Club is currently seeking a Division II Head Coach beginning late January 2014 with the option to continue to serve as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Premier League fall season. The ideal candidate is both able and committed to maintaining the club’s history of excellence and building a championship-level team.


The Team
Founded in 1978, the Berkeley All Blues are one of the country’s top women’s rugby teams. The Club has won a combined total of 16 National Championships in both 15’s and 7’s rugby and is currently ranked second in the United States following the conclusion of the Fall 2013 Women’s Premier League season.


The All Blues consist of approximately 40 women, dedicated to the club and the sport of rugby. The Club welcomes athletes of all levels and current players range from elite to novice in experience. The emphasis of the Club’s inaugural Division II season is to foster player development and promote team cohesion. Overarching goals are to recruit new players, enhance players’ technical skills, and promote veteran player leadership.


Key Responsibilities

  • Developing overall team and sub-unit strategies
  • Preparing and conducting practices
  • Attending all matches, home and away
  • Making match selections
  • Providing effective feedback to individuals and the team
  • Managing any support coaching staff, including coordinating the efforts of any Assistant and/or Positional Coaches

Schedule
Practices are held twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Berkeley, California. The Division II league match schedule is from February 1st to June 1st. Specific dates for match games are currently being set by the league. The spring season also consists of tournaments that the Club may participate in depending on the Division Two match schedule as well as player interest and availability.


Qualifications
Previous playing and/or coaching experience is required; specific experience coaching women is preferred but not necessary. Coach must at minimum have a USA Rugby Level 200 certification. Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience. Travel expenses will be paid by the club.


To Apply
Please submit a coaching resume as well as a brief statement of coaching philosophy to allbluespresident@gmail.com by Friday, December 27th. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.