Academy Advisors

The Northeast Academy advisory group consists of some of the leading figures in American rugby.


Steve Lewis
Advisor and Founding Member, Northeast Academy

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Lewis played for West of Scotland and Glasgow before moving to Vail, Colorado where he played for Vail as well as the Western Mustangs rep side and the Classic Eagles.

He started his extensive coaching career with Vail, followed by the Denver Highlanders, ERRFU U-18 rep side, West Collegiate All-Stars, West Mens All-Stars, then migrated east to take over as Head Coach at Old Blue of New York. During this time he also restarted and was Head Coach of the Nigerian National team in both 15’s and 7’s, as well as coaching Palestine’s only rugby club and the West Point Womens Sevens program.

Lewis enjoyed great success coaching Sevens in particular, taking Old Blue to three consecutive top-4 national finishes and guiding the New York City 7’s teams to impressive international performances as part of the Northeast Academy (ODA) program which he co-founded. He has been instrumental in the development of a variety of USA national team players.

A qualified World Rugby Level 3 coach, he was USA Coach of the Year in 2014 and was Director of Rugby for PRO Rugby, The USA’s first professional rugby competition.


Sean Horan
Director, Founding Member

Hometown: Atlantic Highlands, NJ

  • Director of Athletics - The King’s College, New York City
  • Executive Profile: Former Director of the Northeast 7’s
  • Competition and Selector USA Rugby All-Star Sevens

Coaching Profile:

  • Head Coach of Northeast All-Star Men’s 7’s -
  • Final Four appearances in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Head Coach of Old Blue RFC 7’s - National Championships  tournament appearances in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 & 2013.
  • Head Coach of Columbia University

Player Profile:

  • Captain of Old Blue RFC 2005 National
  • Champions & 2006 National Runner-Up


Bret Costain
Advisor and Founding Member, Northeast Academy

Bret is a data scientist currently leading the development of Digital Humanities at Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.  He has over 20 years of experience in investment and commercial banking and began his career at J.P. Morgan in New York. Bret was a three-term President of the Village Lions RFC in New York City where he led the club’s transformation into a professional setup. He incorporated the club as 501c3 and hired a professional coach from the NSW Waratahs, Australia.  He led the Men’s team to Divisions 2 Nationals and promotion to Division 1 and also led the Women’s Team to Division 1.  Bret is also the founder of Hell Gate Sevens which he integrated into the Empire and NRU series.  Bret co‐hosted National All‐Star Sevens with Met‐NY in 2008 and 2009 and served as USA Rugby’s Liaison officer for Rugby Canada during Churchill Cup 2010.  He also founded Met‐NY Summer Sevens Series, now the Empire Sevens Series.  Bret managed the NYC 7s squad in their first visits to Twickenham and Thomond Park and managed Academy sides in elite competitions across the US.  In addition to working with US National Team staff at the Olympic Training Center in Chua Vista, Bret also led the effort working with USA Rugby, the US Olympic Committee and PlayRugby USA to formally designate the Academy as a Community Olympic Development Program (CODP).