The Northeast Academy staff boasts decades of combined experience in club and elite rugby in the United States.

John McGeachyJohn McGeachy
Director – Northeast Academy

Hometown: Troon, Scotland

Coaching Profile:

  • Men’s 7’s Head Coach & 15’s Skill Coach at Brown University
  • 7’s Head Coach for Midwest Women All-Stars
  • 7’s Head Coach & 15’s Skills Coach at New York Women’s

Playing Profile:

  • Began playing rugby at Ayr RFC, age 5
  • USA 7’s Eagle and US Collegiate 7’s All-American
  • Northeast/MARFU/Midwest 7’s & 15’s Regional All-Star
  • Won National Championships as a Player in Scotland-College 15’s, Netherlands-Men’s Club 15’s

 

Dominic Wareing

Dominic Wareing
Director of Coaching

Hometown: Northamptonshire, UK

Coaching Profile:

  • Captain Old Blue RFC 15s
  • Director of Coaching Northeast Academy
  • Director of Youth Development for Play Rugby USA
  • Head 7s/Assistant XVs Coach Old Blue RFC
  • S&C Coach Northeast Academy
  • S&C Coach Northampton Saints

 

Josh SmithJosh Smith2
Coach

Hometown: Malden, MA

Coaching Profile:

  • Coach, Northeast Academy
  • Head Coach Mystic River RFC, 15’s and 7’s
  • National Champion USA D1 Club 15s, 2016
  • 3rd Place, USA National Club 7’s, 2015
  • Head Coach – Middlesex Barbarians 15’s and 7’s
  • Head Coach – Bentley University
  • Head Coach – Univ. of Massachusetts at Lowell
  • Head Coach – New England University All-Stars
  • Guided Middlesex Barbarians to six consecutive National Club Championship tournaments across three Divisions
  • Won National Small College Rugby Championship twice as  coach of Bentley University
  • Rugby Motto: “Do your job” and “Tempo-Tempo”

 

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Rob Chudzik
Director of Communications

Hometown: Newington, CT

Coaching/Admin:

  • Northeast Academy
  • Wethersfield (CT) Youth Rugby
  • Former Manager USA U19’s
  • USA Rugby L-200 Certified Coach
  • Former Head Coach UConn 7’s, Backs Coach for UConn 15’s

Playing Profile:

  • Hartford Wanderers RFC – Player, Captain & Coach, 7s and 15s
  • Eastern Collegiate All-Stars
  • Northeast 7s All-Stars
  • OMBAC Rugby
  • Cottesloe RFC (W. Australia)

 
Gary Heavner

Gary Lee Heavner
Women’s Coach  Northeast Academy

Hometown: Pomona, NY

Coaching Profile:

  • Old Blue RFC Coach – Men’s 15’s; Men’s & Women’s 7’s
  • Former USA Rugby Board Member
  • Current World Rugby Judicial Officer
  • Proudest moment – Coach: Back-2-Back National 7s Finals (men and women Finals were 10 mins apart) in OBNY Women’s 7’s Inaugural Year, 2014.
  • Proudest moment – Player: 2nd half vs. San Isidro in Buenos Aires after they killed us in the first half (best team I ever played against).

 

Koma Gandy FischbeinKoma Gandy-Fischbein
Coach

Hometown: Bryn Mawr, PA

Coaching Profile:

  • Head Coach – New York Rugby Club Women’s 7s; Assistant Coach, New York Rugby Club Women’s 15’s
  • Assistant Coach – All Navy Men’s Rugby Club, Rugbytown 7s, 2016
  • Assistant Coach – Armed Forces Women’s Rugby
  • Player/Asst Coach – US Combined Services Rugby
  • Assistant Coach – Columbia University Women’s RFC

Player Profile:

  • Radcliffe Rugby Football Club, Harvard University.
  • Beantown RFC, San Diego Surfers RFC, Washington Furies RFC, New York Rugby Club (WPL Champions 2009-2010)
  • US Combined Services Rugby 15’s and 7’s
  • Southern Cal 15’s and 7’s All Star
  • MARFU All Star 7’s
  • Atlantis VII
  • USA 7’s National Team Pool 2003-2005

Admin Profile:

  • Board, New York Rugby Club
  • Co-Chair, Friends of Harvard Varsity Women’s Rugby

Proudest Moment:

  • Coach – Winning the 2015 Northeast Women’s 7’s Championship at Saratoga and coming back from two losses to win 4 straight games at USA Club 7’s Nationals.
  • Player – Representing Atlantis at the Carib 7’s Tournament in Trinidad shortly after 9/11 and hearing the Star Spangled Banner played in support of the American teams during Opening Ceremonies
  • Admin – Official recognition for military women’s rugby from the Armed Forces Sports Board in 2015 after wearing my first Combined Services jersey in 1999.

 

Tom ClarkTom Clark
Operations Director – Boston

Hometown: Acton, MA

Coaching Profile:

  • Head Coach/Director-Mystic River Rugby Club U19 Gulls
  • Assistant Coach Tufts University Men’s Rugby
  • Varsity Coach St. John’s Prep High School
  • Coach Mystic River Collegiate Select XV
  • Coach Ann Arbor Pioneer High School

Player Profile:

  • Mystic River Rugby Club
  • McAllen Knights R.F.C.
  • University of Michigan R.F.C.
  • Bowling Green State University

Lex MaccubbinMaccubin photo
Director of Operations – Buffalo

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Admin Profile:

  • Current: EGU Men’s Director
  • Prior: ERU, Rugby Virginia, Cardinals Collegiate Rugby Conference

Coaching Profile:

  • Current: Buffalo Rugby Club, Assistant Coach; Rugby NY, WNY High School Boys All-stars, EGU Upstate Select XV
  • Prior Club: Kalamazoo RFC, The College of William and Mary Women, University of Georgia Men and Women, Buffalo Rugby Club (Head Coach, 1994-1998),Union County (NJ) RFC U19 Boys, University of Mary Washington Men, Hampton Heat.
  • Prior Select Sides/All-stars: Georgia RU U23 Men Select Side, WNY Empire State Games Men’s 7s, METNY RFU U19 and U20 Boys Select Side, Cardinals U19/U20 All-stars, VRU College All-stars, RV High School All-Stars

 

Jerry Hann
Coach

Jerry started playing at Buffalo State and after graduating joined the Buffalo Rugby Club (BRC). He played flanker in 15s and was part of the gold medal winning WNY 7s team in the 1998 Empire State Games. Jerry currently coaches the UB women’s team, the UB men’s 7s team, and Kenmore High School Girls team.