Kelsie McDowell

Age: 30


Hails From: Born and raised in Iowa; currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa


Job That Pays the Bills: Project Manager HEDIS at Aetna


Rugby Life:

  • Iowa State Women’s Rugby team (Head Coach)

  • LAU U23 Collegiate Select Side (Forwards Coach)

  • 2012-2016 Southeast Polk High School (Head Coach)

  • 2014-2018 Iowa Hawkettes (Iowa’s High School Select Side team-Head Coach)

  • 2017-2019 Prairie State’s Select Side 7’s (Assistant Coach)

  • 2014-2019 Simpson College Women’s Rugby team (Head Coach)

  • University of Northern Iowa (Player)

  • Iowa Collegiate Select Side (Player - 4 years)


Leading Like a Boss:

  • 2014-2017 Development Director for Iowa Youth Rugby

  • Director of Iowa High School Girls Development

  • Commissioner for the Iowa Hall of Fame

  • Iowa Union Compliance Officer

  • Iowa High School Girls High Performance Director and Coach


Why We Love Kelsie:

  • While Director of Iowa High School Girls Development she tripled the size of the girls league

  • Hopes to inspire a new generation of committed passionate women administrators, players, coaches, and referees


Learn More on The Rugby Breakdown (TRB): Hawkettes Repeat in MN & WI (2018); Hawkettes Triumph, Iowa 7s Grows (2017)

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