All Blues Welcome New Coaching Staff

New Head Coach João Moura

New Head Coach João Moura

The All Blues Women’s Premier League (WPL) team is pleased to announce the addition of two excellent coaches for the 2019 season. 

João Moura, hailing from southern Portugal, grew up with the sport of rugby. João has been coaching rugby for the past 20 years and has honed his skills within the last 12 years working in full time coaching positions. 

João, licensed in physical education and sport at university, began coaching at the Rugby Club of Loule in 1999 and stayed for 8 seasons. In 2007, João moved to Lisbon where he coached the U16 and U18 levels at Belenenses Rugby, with his U16 team winning a National Championship in the 2008 season. During this time he also began collaborating with the Associação de Rugby do Sul. In 2010, João went to work with the Federação Portuguesa de Rugby; while working with Portugal Rugby, João also coached Benfica Rugby, where he led the women’s 1st team to a Super Cup, a National Championship, and a Seven’s Circuit win in the 2012/2013 season. João has most recently worked towards championships with AAIS Agronomia Rugby as well as GDS Cascais Rugby. 

João says of his own background: "I am a rugby passionate person, I have been around the game since I was 9!" 

The All Blues are excited to welcome João as their head coach for the WPL season. Supporting João as a primarily forwards focused coach, Gary Gordon will be stepping into the role as Assistant Coach for the 2019 WPL season. 

New Assistant Coach Gary Gordon

New Assistant Coach Gary Gordon

Gary began his rugby career as a player for SFFG and Santa Rosa Rugby. With Santa Rosa, Gary won two National Championships as a player. Gary then  went on to create the Dixon Youth Rugby Club, currently Solo Rugby, where he spent 12 years as a coach and administrator.

In the past 12 years, Gary has been acting as the Assistant/ Forwards coach for the UC Davis Women’s Rugby Team, helping the team win two National Championships. Tonya Wessman, current All Blues and former UC Davis rugby player, says of Coach Gary, “Gary has always encouraged me to test my own limits and play the highest level of rugby there is. Gary continues to encourage me long after I’ve graduated from Davis.”

Welcome to the Berkeley All Blues family, João and Gary!

All Blues WPL Coach Search

The Berkeley All Blues Women’s Rugby Club is currently seeking a Head Coach for our WPL season beginning mid-August through Women’s Premier League Nationals in mid-November 2017. The ideal candidate is committed to working with elite, senior-level female athletes to build and maintain 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 15 National Championships in both 15’s and 7’s rugby. The All Blues team consists 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 Club currently participates in a competitive WPL season, a competitive and developmental 7s season, and a developmental D2 season. Several players regularly compete on the Women’s National Team. The emphasis of fall season is to compete at the highest level in the Women’s Premier League with the aim to secure another National Championship.

Key Responsibilities

  • Attending all home and away matches for WPL and B Side, and Nationals (mid-November; Tempe, AZ).
  • Evaluation of all members of the Team and determination of rosters for both a competitive Women’s Premiership League team (“WPL Side”) and a developmental team (“B Side”).
  • Development and refinement of game strategies for all league and non-league matches for both WPL Side and B Side teams.
  • Organization and running of all official practices for both WPL Side and B Side teams.
  • Coordination and communication with Team-selected captains for both WPL Side and B Side teams.
  • Providing effective feedback to individuals and the Team for maximal player and Team performance and development.
  • Assistance with selection and mentorship of assistant coaching staff.
  • Assistance upholding and enforcing Club policies set by the Club’s Executive Board.

Schedule

Practices are held twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Berkeley, California. We aim to field both WPL Side and B-side squads for all matches, as numbers allow. Match schedule for the fall is not yet available. There will be approximately four away and four home matches this fall, plus the National Championship in Tempe, AZ.

Qualifications and Additional Information

Previous playing and coaching experience is required; specific experience coaching women is preferred but not necessary. Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience. This is not a full-time position. Unfortunately, the Club is unable to provide visa assistance. Travel expenses to away matches 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. It is strongly encouraged to apply by Friday, April 7th 2017 as applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For additional information about the Berkeley All Blues, please explore our website.

All Blues 7s Coach Search

The Berkeley All Blues are searching for a coach to lead our 7s squad this summer! Please see details below and send cover letter, resume, and references to allblues7s@gmail.com if interested.

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 20-30 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 quite a few alumnae of our program 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
  • Align 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 13-14; 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: allblues7s@gmail.com