Hanover, NH— Dartmouth College today confirmed the staff for the 2013-14 men’s rugby season. Second-year head coach Gavin Hickie will be joined by assistant and strength and conditioning coach Todd Thornley, development coach Chris McCarthy, trainer Ben Schuler, and technical advisor Alex Magleby, Dartmouth class of 2000.
Hickie, who served as interim head coach last season while Magleby took sabbatical to lead the USA 7s team, said he is excited to announce his coaching team, “coaching is all about ongoing development and education and I am thrilled to be surrounded by such fantastic wealth of coaching expertise. Todd brings with him a good insight into Southern Hemisphere rugby. Chris has many years experience as a rugby coach at Jarkarta International School, and of course, Coach Mags has proved he is a top senior international coach. I could not ask for a better staff.”
It is a coaching team vast on international and age-grade experience. Hickie, who enjoyed ten years at the top of the game as a professional player in Europe, once again spent the summer as the forwards coach for the US Junior All-Americans (under-20s).
Thornley, a recent graduate of the University of Otago in physical conditioning, interned with the Samoa High-Performance Unit this year, aiding Manu Samoa sevens, test, Junior World Cup, and academy players.
This will be Magleby’s first coaching role since stepping down from the USA job.
“It’s great to be back home in Hanover with family and friends and to re-engage with the Big Green tradition," said Magleby. "I’m looking forward to some dynamic debates with the staff. Gavin has emerged as one of the top young coaches in the country, and it will be fun to work with him and his team as they grow throughout the year.”
Magleby, who has other commitments that will take him away from the day-to-day operations of the program, noted, “it is a great opportunity to keep practicing the coaching craft—to experiment in the ‘Big Green lab’ that I have been able to learn so much from over the years—and to work with such energized, hard-working students. But it will also be good to take a bit of a back-seat, observe and learn from Gav and the others as the program progresses.”
Hickie will be in his second year at the helm of the Big Green after overseeing the program’s 17th Ivy League Rugby Championship (15s) last season as well as a Bowl win at the USA Rugby National 7s Championships.
“The plotting and planning has taken place and now the players are working hard during preseason, preparing for the Ivy Championships, spring tour, Varsity Cup and CRC. I firmly believe DRFC is in a very good place as we continue to build and develop our outstanding rugby program. All the players and staff are very excited about the upcoming season.”