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Holly Abrams

Age: 29

Hails From: The great state of New Jersey

Job that Pays the Bills: Assistant rugby coach, Princeton University Women’s Rugby; Graduate Student at University of Delaware 

Rugby Life: 

  • Player and club president, East Carolina University (2012-2016)

  • Player, Hangzhou Harlequins (2016)

  • Player, University of Delaware (2017-2019)

  • Player, Scion Rugby Academy (2018)

  • Player, Chesapeake Women's Rugby Club (2021-2022)

  • Coach, Chesapeake Stingers Women’s Rugby Club (2022-2023)

  • Coach, Capital Rugby Union Selects (2021- current)

  • Assistant Coach, Princeton Women's Rugby Team (NIRA, NCAA D1)

Leading Like a Boss:

  • Coordinator, Wilmington Rugby 7’s

  • Vice President, Chesapeake Stingers Women's Rugby Club

  • Premier Rugby Sevens, Manager of Pittsburgh Steeltoes and the Rocky Mountain Experts (2022-2023)

  • LA Sevens, Liaison officer to Ireland Men's National Team

  • USAR Senior Club Council DEI chair

  • WRCRA Pioneer

Why We Love Holly:

Holly is absolutely committed to growing rugby. As a graduate student and researcher, she explores identities, feelings of mattering, belonging, and significance among players in women's rugby. As a coach, Holly strives to create positive and safe environments for athletes to develop not only their rugby but their overall well-being and self-worth. 

Outside of rugby, Holly enjoys her pets, reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Starting her rugby journey in North Carolina, she is thrilled to be returning to New Jersey, joining the coaching staff of Princeton Women's Rugby. None of the accomplishments mentioned would have been possible if Holly did not have her family, friends, and wonderful rugby community in her corner. 

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