A Message from Trinity Athletics – Rugby

Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, due primarily to concerns with player safety, Trinity has transitioned from having a single school rugby team to supporting a community-based rugby team. Community- based teams make up the majority of programs that involve high school age rugby players across the country. These programs are fully integrated with, supported by and certified through USA Rugby. Additionally, certification and membership with USA Rugby will provide the team and coaches with liability insurance coverage and will provide the players and their families with secondary accident/injury insurance coverage.

Trinity sees this transition from a single school format to a community-based team as a progressive step that will enable the newly formed team to become a stronger and more durable rugby program. Players and parents will benefit from such a program. Former Trinity Assistant Rugby Coach Kelsey Harris agreed to transition over to the new community-based rugby team as one of the lead coaches.

As such, Kelsey and others have formed the Louisville Crash Rugby Football Club, a new community-based boys high school rugby team. Joining Coach Harris, will be assistant coaches Bob Rueff, Kamron McCarthy, and Nick Mackin. The newly formed community team will be seeking players from metro Louisville area high schools for the 2020 Spring 15’s season. Although formal practices will not begin until late January – early February, informational player and parent meetings will begin this coming November.

High school boys who join the team will be coached by certified USA Rugby coaches with combined playing and coaching experience spanning 40 years. Players will also have exposure to collegiate recruiting and development camps. No prior rugby experience is required to play, only a willingness to learn and the determination to try something new.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to Coach Kelsey Harris at kvharris5@gmail.com or (270) 617-2694.

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