Austin, Texas - The Austin Rugby Club has announced it has hired a new Head Coach, Miguel Berthet.
Berthet is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and comes to Austin from Albuquerque New Mexico where he has coached The University of New Mexico since 2009.
Before taking the reins at UNM, Coach Berthet was a part of the coaching staff at San Diego State from 2002-2009 and his college contacts will be part of his recruiting efforts at the Blacks.
“The idea of recruiting American collegiate rugby players is in my opinion the key piece in building a strong, sustainable, and successful rugby program,” Berthet said in the announcement. “I plan to build the program through recruiting, but win in the process.”
Expectations are high for a rugby club like Austin, which finished 2nd in the nation in 2001, 2003, and 2007. Under previous Lachlan Ferguson they went deep into the playoffs in DI and DIII, but Ferguson is stepping down as his college coaching job has expanded.
“We've had a good bit of success the last decade or so but we’ve yet to reach the pinnacle,” said Club President Alan Sharpley. “We feel strongly that Miguel and his extensive coaching experience can give us the best opportunity to compete with some of the top clubs in the country.”
The role of Head Coach for the Austin Blacks is an even tougher assignment this year as the club will field squads in DI, DII, and DIII.