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Carolyn Roach



Hails from: 

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Job that Pays the Bills: 

Student Engagement Manager for buildOn (a non-profit that educates high school students on social justice and leadership through service learning)

Rugby Life:

  • ROOTS Rugby Club 2019-Present

  • USA National Women’s Rugby League 2022-Present (Played in the inaugural match against Canada Ravens)

  • New Haven Old Blacks Rugby Club, 2022

  • North Star Rugby Club 2021-Present

  • Jamaica LadyCrocs 7’s 2020-2022

  • New York Rugby Club WPL and D1

  • Worcester Shamrocks Rugby Club

  • The Legionnaires Rugby Club

  • Springfield College Women’s Rugby Club (Captain and Assisted Coach)

Leading Like a Boss:

  • Associate Head Coach, Aspetuck Valley High School Girls, Redding, CT (2022- Present)

  • Social Media Sub-Committee Chair, Women's Committee, USARL, 2022-Present

  • NEWCRC Women’s Competition Coordinator 2020-Present

  • Smith College Women’s Rugby Club, Northampton, MA (2019 Assistant Coach)

  • UMass Women’s Rugby, Amherst, MA (Head Coach, 2017-2018)

  • Youth Development Officer, Mass. Youth Rugby (2017-2018)

  • Lincoln Sudbury Regional Girls’ High School Rugby, Sudbury, MA (Assistant Coach, 2017)

  • Mount Holyoke Women’s Rugby, South Hadley, (Assistant Coach, 2016)

Why We Love Carolyn:

Carolyn is committed to growing women’s rugby and holding space for Black and brown youth to have pathways to experience rugby as well as opportunities for leadership, friendship, and the personal and community development that rugby creates.

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