2015 USA Rugby Coach of the Year nominations now open

2015 Coach of the Year nominations open

BOUDLER, Colo. -- Nominations for 2015 Coach of the Year are now being accepted until November 24, 2015. Four coaches will be honored, one for each of the following categories: Participation Coach of the Year, Competitive Coach of the Year, Senior Club Coach of the Year, and Female Coach of the Year.

The Participation Coach of the Year award recognizes a coach who demonstrates dedication to expanding the game of rugby in their local community. Submissions for this category are limited to coaches who do not receive monetary or any other compensation for their coaching services. Jeramy Katchuba, coach for the men's rugby program at University of Minnesota-Duluth was the recipient of this award in 2014.

The Competitive Coach of the Year award honors a youth, high school, or college-level coach. Outstanding nominees demonstrate the ability to produce competitive, successful sides while facilitating the development and refinement of athletes. Last year's winner was Tim O'Brien from Saint Mary's College, who has led his team to two consecutive National Championships.

The Senior Club Coach of the Year award recognizes a Senior Club level coach that demonstrates excellence at one of the highest levels of coaching rugby in the United States. The 2014 award for this category was presented to Stephen Lewis from Old Blue of New York, who has proved victorious coaching both men's and women's Senior Club teams.

The final category, Female Coach of the Year, honors a female coach who continually demonstrates dedication to empowering female rugby athletes and the advancement of female involvement in the game of rugby. Kathy Flores, Division I women's head coach of Brown University, was the recipient of this award last year and her team has been successful in the Ivy League Conference.

Nominations for all categories are being accepted until November 24, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated by a reviewing committee, and winners will be announced and awarded late-January 2016 at USA Rugby's National Development Summit.

What are you waiting for? Nominate your favorite coach today!

Participation Coach of the Year nomination form

Competitive Coach of the Year nomination form

Senior Club Coach of the Year nomination form

Female Coach of the Year nomination form