Union Give Back – Mentorship Program

Northeast Academy Logo

Northeast Academy Launches Mentorship Program for Rugby Coaches, Admins and Referees

June 8, 2016 – In conjunction with its expanding mission to advance the development of rugby skills beyond the touch lines as well, Northeast Academy is now offering mentorship opportunities for Coaches, Referees and team Administrators.

Beginning June 20th, qualified applicants to the Northeast Academy mentorship program will have an up close and personal opportunity to observe and learn from some of the best staff members in the USAR National Development Academy system. The program will run for eight full weeks and is designed to allow participants direct access to elite level coaches and staff at weekly training sessions in New York City and Boston.

Coaches who are accepted into the program will shadow the likes of 2016 Division 1 National Champion Coach Josh Smith, as he and other high ranking Northeast Academy coaches work with players who are nearing or are already named to USA Rugby High Performance Training Camp rosters.

Administrative participants will have hands-on opportunities to learn from the Academy’s top-notch team managers as they assist coaches and players through the many aspects of creating and maintaining elite training environments.

Referees joining the program will also be asked to partake in two ways. The first of which is by working with staff and athletes on crucial areas of play where technique and law intermix, such as the tackle and breakdown areas. Additionally, refs will be offered the opportunity to officiate scrimmaging sessions with the Academy’s top-rated athletes in order to continue toward the mastery of their own inherently vital craft.

The summer-long program is an excellent opportunity for ambitious rugby staffers to observe the nuances of communication, application and progressions at the top levels of rugby in America.


About Us

The Northeast Academy, with training squads in New York City, Boston and Buffalo is a National Development Academy, sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official Academy (for Men & Women) in the Northeast region of the United States, making it a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Team selection. The purpose of the Academy is to identify, develop and prepare Sevens rugby players with the intention of placing ambitious athletes onto the USA National teams and future USA Olympic teams. The Academy will provide athletes with top level coaching, physical preparation, and playing competition to accelerate their personal development as Sevens players in line with current USA Eagles High Performance criteria.

USA Rugby National Development Academy