Olivia Benzan-Daniel

Age: 28


Hails From: Lynn, Massachusetts; is a lifelong New Englander


Job That Pays the Bills: IT Service Desk/Student Engagement Manager for Harvard Medical School



Rugby Life:

  • Brandeis University Women’s Rugby (Head Coach)

  • St. Mary’s High School Girls team (Head Coach)

  • Free Jacks Academy (Assistant Coach)

  • WPL Team, Beantown Rugby (Player - Prop)

  • WPL All-Star, selected for Fall 2019 Premiership Scholarship Trip (Coach)


Leading Like a Boss:

  • President, College Rugby Association of America Women’s Division

  • Secretary, American College Rugby Association (ACRA)

  • Commissioner, Northeast D1

  • Vice Commissioner, Rugby Northeast

  • Clinics Coordinator, 7s Program Director, Tournament Coordinator for Beantown

  • AR Club Council Training & Development CommitteeMember, US


Why We Love Olivia:

  • Organizes volunteer coaches for co-ed youth rugby clinics and works with MYRO for middle school girls’ programs like the Winter Bubble Rookie Rugby and the All Girls Sports Festival

  • Coordinates with senior club teams to contribute to the Annual High School Girls Rugby Jamboree

  • Hobbies include axe-throwing and family game nights


Learn More on The Rugby Breakdown (TRB): Rugby & Race, a Reckoning

All photos provided by the award recipient

Credit to GJETERHUND Photography, Melissa Barker, and Scott Green