USA Rugby recruits Rugby Development Officer in New England

Daryl Jackson will work with the Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization (MYRO), focusing on Boston and surrounding and communities.

BOSTON, MA - USA Rugby announced today the appointment of Daryl Jackson as the New England Rugby Development Officer. As a Rugby Development Officer, Jackson will work with the Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization (MYRO), focusing on Boston and surrounding towns and communities.

Particularly with the successful 2016 launch of Varsity Rugby in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), there is ample opportunity for the growth of youth rugby in the 5-14 age range. Working with MYRO, Jackson will identify opportunities for community-based-organization programs, parks and rec leagues, feeder programs to varsity high schools, and work with the clubs of MYRO to help add players and new teams to the region.

"We feel that the recognition of rugby by the MIAA has generated both interest and awareness among young people and their parents. Daryl's appointment provides us with a new and effective resource to take advantage of the momentum generated," said Dave Hill, President of MYRO. "We look forward to introducing and growing youth rugby programs in new communities and regions in eastern Massachusetts".

Jackson grew up in Colorado and played his rugby at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he received degrees in marketing, public relations and physical education. Daryl played club rugby with Queen City in Denver and later transitioned into a coach and teacher. Always up for adventure, Daryl and his wife Stephanie spent last year living in Northern Ireland, where he coached and worked with Ulster Rugby's youth program in Belfast. Now based in Boston, Daryl is very excited to help grow youth rugby in the New England area. He has two teenage children and a dog.

USA Rugby now has four development officers focusing on youth rugby in the target markets of Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, and Northern California. Rugby Development Officers focus on creating new opportunities for youth ages 5-12 to participate in rugby, education of coaches and parents for this age group, and introducing youth to rugby through physical education by working alongside the State Rugby Organizations to transition participants to clubs. "We've seen strong interest in adding rugby to the menu in places like parks and recreation" says Sr. Programs Manager, Mike Lovinguth, "our RDOs are focused on adding opportunities that offer a true participation experience--not simply playing with a rugby ball in PE, but joining a local, short-term program that mirrors the other sport opportunities offered by their city and community sport organizations."