USOC Awards Volunteer Coach of the Year to Tomasi Waqa

INDIANOPOLIS, Ind. - Hundreds of coaching educators were in attendance for the National Coaches Conference where the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced Tomasi Waqa as the Volunteer Coach of the Year.


Waqa marks back-to-back years that USOC has honored a volunteer rugby coach with the reward.


As the Head Coach of women's rugby at BYU, Waqa has led his team to five National Tournament appearances, won the Pacific Coast Championship and coached five All-Americans. 


"Tom has been an amazing ambassador for rugby through his position as Head Coach. Every semester, he takes an average of 50 brand new athletes and turns them into rugby players," 2004-2010 BYU captain Kara Longhurst said. "He is an expert at breaking the game down into basics and using the skills the athletes already have developed and using them to the advantage of rugby."


"We are thrilled that a coach of Tom's caliber was presented with such a prestigious and accomplished award," said Mollie McCarthy, USAR Coach Development Manager.  "He exemplifies what it means to be a coach on and off the field and it shows, not only through his winning records, but the impact he has had on hundreds of players throughout the years. We would like to congratulate and thank Tom on his accomplishments and dedication to growing the sport of Rugby."


USA Rugby Unveils American Rugby Model (ARM)


USA Rugby unveiled the new American Rugby Model (ARM) to coaching educators at the National Coaches Conference.


ARM, which is based on Long Term Athlete Development, was presented by Dave McCann, Katie Wurst, Mollie McCarthy, and Brittany Jacobs. The new model was developed to promote what the future holds for USA Rugby coach education and player development.