Tigertown welcomes National All-Star Competition

LAKELAND, Fla. - Two-hundred and fifteen athletes in the Women's National Team Pathway are convening at Tigertown in southern Florida Monday, Dec. 28, through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, for the National All-Star Competition.

The largest assembly of female rugby athletes is the third in a year following the update of the Pathway, with the first helping the coaching staffs of the senior Eagles and AIG Women's Junior All-Americans with selections for the inaugural Women's Rugby Super Series and two-match series with Canada's under-20 side, respectively.

"This will be the best gathering of domestic women's rugby players ever," Women's Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg said. "We have spent the last year focused on player identification and almost all the players have been seen at an NASC or a national championship event.

"The winter NASC is the foundation of the women's pathway. Moving forward, this annual event will be where the national team pools for the year will be selected."

While the 2016 competition schedules for the women's national teams are still been finalized, two of the NASC's overall goals are identifying athletes for the greater Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 and Women's Eagles Sevens player pools. Steinberg and Dr. Jules McCoy, head coach of the sevens program at the United States Olympic Committee's Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., have worked together to ensure the pathway for athletes playing in either or both codes is clear and reachable.

Wil Snape led the WJAAs to a sweep of their Canadian counterparts at Central Washington University over the summer before a few athletes from that squad stepped up to the AIG Women's Collegiate All-Americans Sevens team under Michigan's Brandon Sparks at Elite City Sevens. Both teams' coaches will be confirmed in the new year, but Snape and Sparks will be in attendance in Florida to provide the young athletes with their experiences on the international stage and the coaches with their athlete recommendations.

Five athletes from the OTC will be in attendance - though none that traveled to Dubai for the opening round of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series - while more than 100 of the attendees are currently playing college-level rugby.

In all, the 215 athletes will be split into eight competitive teams - two under-20s, two under-23s, and four senior - to be coached by participants of the Emerging Coach Development Program. Each coach will work with current Women's National Team Pathway lead coaches throughout the camp.

Following the NASC in Florida, a senior-only assembly will be held prior to a planned-for July Super Series, with those dates to be determined.

"The preliminary World Cup squad for 2017 will be selected at the NASC," Steinberg said. "A squad of around 45 will be identified and will begin to follow the Eagles' strength and conditioning and skill development programming. They will be invited back with a few additional players to a senior NASC that will lead to the Super Series in the summer."

National All-Star Competition | Athletes

First NameLast NameSchool / Club
AdekemiAdewunmiDenver Black Ice
OlufunmilayoAkinlosotuUS Air Force Academy
BayleeAnnisBurlington WRFC
KathrynAugustynBerkeley All Blues WRFC
EmilyAzevedoWomen's Eagles Sevens
MarcayaBailousNotre Dame College
KendallBedfordPrinceton University
LizzieBellisUniversity of Wisconsin
NicoleBenedettiNorthern Virginia WRFC
CatherineBensonLife West WRFC
SharynBeodekerKutztown University
RebekahBernheimColorado Springs RFC
BriaBohanonBattleship WRFC
AlexandraBorowskyChicago North Shore WRFC
SylviaBraatenTwin Cities Amazons WRFC
RebeccaBrafmanNew York Rugby Club
StaceyBridgesTwin Cities Amazons WRFC
ElizabethBristowChicago North Shore WRFC
KaitlynBroughtonLife University
RuthBrysonBerkeley All Blues WRFC
SarahBuonopaneBeantown WRFC
NicoleBurrAugusta WRFC
AshleeByrgeDavenport University
ElizabethCairnsPenn State University
KaylaCanettFallbrook High School
ElenaCantornaSeattle Saracens
GabriellaCantornaState College High School
MargaretCarlyPenn State University
RyanCarlyleSeattle Saracens
AmandaCarringtonAtlanta Harlequins WRFC
AddisonCarvajalBowdoin College
NaiomiCayo-NelsonAtlanta Harlequins WRFC
ScoutCheeksPenn State University
SarahChobotGlendale Raptors WRFC
SadiaCrosbyRoger Williams University
GioannaCruzLindenwood University
KathleenDaleyAt Large
JacquelineDavissonSanta Monica WRFC
AllysonDayNorwich University
SheilaDeckerNorwich University
AmberDeFabioKutztown University
AmandaDivichLindenwood University
BrennaDonahueDavenport University
LindaDrakeU.S. Coast Guard Academy
LanoiraDuhartWinona State University
AllisonDykesLittle Rock WRFC
AlexandraEakesPrinceton University
RachelEhreckePenn State University
ChetaEmbaBeantown WRFC
LauraEnkLindenwood University
Kristen 'Jade'EnrightColby College
TiffanyFaaeeNew York Rugby Club
CarmenFarmerSevern River WRFC
DeshelFergusonAtlanta Harlequins WRFC
FriedaFetu'uBerkeley All Blues
TessFeuryPenn State University
RachelFitchColorado College
NatalieFlaimKutztown University
JasminFolchUniversity of Connecticut
MaxineFonuaBerkeley All Blues
JoycelynFordyceUS Air Force Academy
MeganFosterLife West WRFC
AlexisFruehAustin Valkyries WRFC
BayleighGableGrandville Girls RC
ChelseaGarberRaleigh WRFC
KiraGarnettPenn State University
LaraGartnerAtlanta Harlequins WRFC
AmandaGhannamLittle Rock WRFC
JenniferGlaserUniversity of Wisconsin
RachelGriendlingWomen's Eagles Sevens
AbbyGustaitisWomen's Eagles Sevens
ChristinaHaneyUniversity of Virginia
SummerHarris-JonesUniversity of Virginia
JordanHartfielRockford Lady Raven's RFC
McKenzieHawkinsLindenwood University
ShaylaHeagyIndiana University
NicoleHeavirlandWomen's Eagles Sevens
Rebekah Hebdon (nee Boaz)BYU
DellaHellanderMorris Rugby Club
LauraHethermanUniversity of Connecticut
AtumataHinganoDanville Oaks HS
EvanHoeseBerkeley All Blues WRFC
GraceHovdeWisconsin WRFC
KatanaHowardTwin Cities Amazons WRFC
ShannonHustoskyKent State University
LeahIngoldCentral Washington University
NicoleJamesHouston Athletic RC
BaileyJohnsonMinnesota State U-Mankato
CherylJohnsonPhiladelphia WRFC
EmilyJonesBeantown WRFC
KerenKabambiPrinceton University
ArdiaKelkerBerkeley All Blues
BriannaKimNorthern Virginia WRFC
JoannaKitilinskiGlendale Raptors WRFC
SabrinaKraftSan Diego Surfers WRFC
JoieKrahlingPhiladelphia WRFC
MargaretLeonardGlendale Raptors WRFC
HannahLewandowskiCentral Washington University
ShelbyLinNew York Rugby Club
HannahLockwoodSan Diego Surfers WRFC
OpheliaLoreeUniversity of Minnesota
KatherineLoughranUniversity of Notre Dame
DarianLovelaceLife University
JessicaLuPrinceton University
JenniferLuiGlendale Raptors WRFC
KaeleneLundstrumTwin Cities Amazons WRFC
SamanthaLutherBeantown WRFC
AuroraMacekNorthern Illinois University
TaylorMakowskiNorthside Dragons HS
Yana (Edna)ManoaCentral Washington University
JaimieMcFarlinWashington Furies WRFC
CarleneMcPolinLindenwood University
AllisonMiedzielecDavenport University
LauraMillerGlendale Raptors WRFC
AverieMitchell-BrownUniversity of Minnesota
StephanieMorandeUniversity of Minnesota
JoannaMoreiraCentral Washington University
HunterMorelandDavenport University
SaskiaMorganBrown University
CameoMotleyLife West WRFC
KatieMuellerPenn State University
JochebedMuflamPrinceton University
AznivNalbandianPenn State University
MichelNavarroFallbrook High School
UzoamakaOkoroBrown University
MarjorieOlneyWashington Furies WRFC
DanielleOrdwayDavenport University
BiancaOrtiz-PallenBishop O'Dowd High School
ErinOvercashAt Large
DevenOwsianySan Diego Surfers WRFC
SamanthaPankeyWashington Furies WRFC
SaraParsonsAt Large
AnnakarenPedrazaLindenwood University
AshleyPerryWomen's Eagles Sevens
KristinaPerryPenn State University
NearahPersingerLindenwood University
PaigePfannenstielBowdoin College
ChristianePheilChicago North Shore WRFC
MeganPinsonSacramento Amazons WRFC
TaylahPipkinPenn State University
MelissaPolheberWisconsin WRFC
KaylaPostulaCentral Washington University
EmilyPrenticeKent Crusaders
SophiaPyrzPenn State University
NaimaReddickSeattle Saracens
KristenRedmonUS Military Academy
MeganReillyBloomsburg University
LaurenRhodeNew York Rugby Club
HopeRogersPenn State University
MeganRomLife University
Becca JaneRoskoSummit High School
EmilyRoskopfLife West WRFC
KimberRozierWashington Furies WRFC
KandisRuizGlendale Raptors WRFC
RachelRyanGlendale Raptors WRFC
CaitlinRycekBloomsburg University
CrystalSainCharlotte WRFC
Monika (Ikuvalu)SakeAt Large
SawyerSalterMinnesota State U-Mankato
FrancescaSandsNorwich University
RavynSantiagoLife University
HaleySchaferCentral Washington University
AsinateSereviCentral Washington University
JenniferSeverLife West WRFC
KristenShaloskyGlendale Raptors WRFC
EsheSherleyYale University
DaneshaShipmanUniversity of Texas
SierraSnappU.S. Naval Academy
ElizabethSnodgrassAtlanta Harlequins WRFC
NicoleSnyderBloomsburg University
KristineSommerSeattle Saracens
AshleySorensenColumbus/Fort Benning WRFC
KatyStewartWashington Furies WRFC
KelsiStockertSeattle Saracens
HannahStolbaGlendale Raptors WRFC
NicoleStraskoLife University
AshaunteStromanFlorida International University
FrancescaSuarezMiddlebury College
ChelseySveinssonStanford University
Adi (Finau)TamaivenaKent Crusaders
StephanieTaylorMontana State University
DaneshaTelfairNorthern Illinois University
ClaireTomashekUniv of Wisconsin-La Crosse
SupiesiTongiHawaii Harlequins
LaurenTroutChicago North Shore WRFC
ElizabethTrujilloSan Diego Surfers WRFC
JessicaTurnerBerkeley All Blues WRFC
AndreaVillanovaNew York Rugby Club
AbbyVogelUniversity of California, Berkeley
JacieVonadaTwin Cities Amazons WRFC
DanielleWalko SiuaNotre Dame College
AlyciaWashingtonHartford Wild Roses WRFC
CarlyWatersPenn State University
FrancesWehrweinBerkeley All Blues WRFC
CarolineWhiteSeattle Saracens
AbigailWilliamsMilwaukee Scylla WRFC
CourtneyWilliamsPenn State University
DazjaniqueWilliamsWest Shore United RC
KaylaWilliamsAugusta WRFC
MeganWolffWinona State University
KassidiWynterAtlanta Harlequins WRFC
AdrianaZeidersWest Chester University

National All-Star Competition | Staff

Pete Steinberg

Richie Walker

Brandon Sparks

Wil Snape

Sue Whitwell

Bill LeClerc

Christian Carter

Caitlin Singletary

Amy Valenta

Sarah Leslie

Diane Watanabe

Amie Kern

Bri Arsenault

Ashley Cowan

Katherin Henry

Roshna Wunderlich

Annemarie Farrell

Lance Pruett

National All-Star Competition | Senior Team Coaches

Head: Peter Baggetta
Assistant: Katrina Logan
Assistant: James Tesoriero
Head: Martha Daines
Assistant: Ricardo Ramirez
Assistant: Kirstin Hartos
Head: Richard Ashfield
Assistant: Shawn Pittman
Assistant: Katy Dowty
Head; Johnathan Atkieson
Assistant: Sean Cobb
Assistant: Beckett Royce

National All-Star Competition | College Team Coaches

Head: Jamie Burke
Assistant: Trevor Alfred
Assistant: Mel Denham
Head: Bernie Cantorna
Assistant: Andrea Street
Assistant: Holly Iker

National All-Star Competition | Junior Team Coaches

Head: Jon Mooney
Assistant: Sharon Blaney
Assistant: Evi Ashenbrucker
Head: Kitt Wagner
Assistant: Vaughn Mitchell
Assistant: Bill LeClerc

National All-Star Competition | Coach Advisors

Fred Bardot

Brett Burdick

Rick Humm

Lisa Rosen