Coaches

 

Coaching is the most critical component of any youth sports program. We are very proud of our experienced, USA Rugby certified coaches who share their passion for rugby while creating team learning environments focused on safety, skill development, teamwork and participation.

 
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Evan Roberts

USA Rugby Level 200 Certified

Evan began playing rugby in high school, where he captained Brownsburg High School to a Tier 2 National Championship. During that same period, Evan was also captain for the Indiana U-19 All-Stars team which earned both the Midwest Regional All-Star Championship and the Eastern Regional All-Star Championship. He continues to play the sport with the Indy Impalas Men’s Rugby Club. Evan earned Rookie of the Year in 2006 and the Impalas have earned several Midwest and National team awards. Evan began his rugby coaching career in 2007 with the 5th/6th grade Brownsburg team and lead them to a State Championship in 2008. He has been a coach with CDC Youth Rugby since 2014.  Evan's daughter also plays rugby and will be a member of the 7th/8th grade girls team during the 2019 season.

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Kelly Romano

USA Rugby Level 200 Certified

Kelly’s love of rugby began in 1997 when she played flank for the Illinois State University women's team. At Illinois State, she won a national title and developed lifelong friendships.  In 1999, rugby brought Kelly to Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia where she continued to play while traveling the entire Pacific Rim. Upon her return to the United States, Kelly participated in one practice on the U.S. National Team B side before having to return to Illinois State to fulfill grant obligations. The 2019 season will be Kelly’s fourth year coaching with CDC Youth rugby. She has a son who plays rugby and will be a member of the 7th/8th grade boys team this season. 

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Phillip Lucas

USA Rugby Level 200 Certified

Phillip grew up in Cape Town, South Africa where dads get a freshly made leather clad rugby ball when their children are born. You can say most are born into the sport. That was certainly the case here! Phillip played rugby from the age of five all the way through high school and loves the game. He believes there is no better sport than rugby to show our youth the meaning of a team sport! Phillip follows the game closely and after moving to the U.S. has come to appreciate the sport in the U.S., following the Eagles. He is entering his second season with CDC Youth Rugby in 2019 and has a son who will be on the 7th/8th grade boys team this season.

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Matt Saunders

USA Rugby Level 200 Certified

Matt began his rugby career in college at Indiana University, where he played and later coached under Sarasopa Enari, winning a Big Ten championship in 2016. He has also worked in rugby data operations for Stats LLC in Chicago and as an intern for Rugby Illinois and the USA Rugby Collegiate Department.

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Gerrit Verplank

USA Rugby Level 100 Certified

Gerrit grew up on the sideline of a rugby field, as his dad was heavily involved in bringing rugby to Indianapolis with the inception of the Indy Reds/Centurions. When he started high school at Hamilton Southeastern, the school didn’t have a rugby team so he recruited some friends and they began playing with the Cathedral High School rugby team where Gerrit’s dad was the head coach. The “Royal” in the Cathedral Royal Irish team name, which is still used today, comes from his group of HSE Royals. Gerrit started four years for Cathedral and made the All-State team three times. He also won a State Championship and placed 3rd in the National HS Tournament during his senior season. After high school, Gerrit moved to Kings Lynn, England to play for the West Norfolk Rugby Club, where he played for both the men’s side and the colts U-19 team. After a year in England, he moved back to the U.S. and was selected for the United States U-19 team that toured New Zealand. The following fall, Gerrit joined the rugby team at Indiana University. His team finished as high as fourth in the country in the National D1 tournament and Gerrit was selected to the Midwest All-Star team three times and was also a 2nd team All-American. After college, he continued playing with the Indianapolis Impalas for many years. Rugby was a huge part of Gerrit’s life for 16 years and he is now looking forward to transitioning to coaching with our program in 2019. His son is a 3rd generation rugger and will be on the flag team this season.

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Greg Spencer

USA Rugby Level 100 Certified

Greg was introduced to rugby in 1991 while in the Air Force, where he played for two seasons. After his time in the Air Force, his rugby career continued for three more years with the Hornets, a men’s club team in St. Louis. From there, his education and career pulled him away from rugby for several years until his oldest son began playing the sport with Carmel Dads Club as a 4th grader. Greg coached for four seasons as his son progressed from the flag team through 7th grade. He is now excited to be back with our program in 2019 and will bring his experience to our flag team this season where his youngest son is now playing.

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Scott LeVeque

Commissioner

USA Rugby Level 200 Certified

Scott has been involved with CDC Youth Rugby since 2016 when his daughter began playing the sport with the flag team. Scott assumed the role of CDC Youth Rugby Commissioner in the fall 2017 and has since completed USA Rugby Level 100 and Level 200 coaching certifications. Scott’s daughter will be on the 7th/8th grade girls team in 2019, while his two sons will be on the flag team and 5th/6th grade coed tackle team.