Anna Gildea

Age: 30


Hails From:

Union County, New Jersey


Job That Pays the Bills:

Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, assigned to the Gangs and Organized Crime Bureau


Rugby Life:

  • Fordham University (player, Captain)

  • Village Lions (player)

  • Union County Mudturtles Women’s Rugby (player)

  • Empire GU Select Side (player)

  • Referee

  • Union County High School (U18 girls and boys Assistant Coach)


Leading Like a Boss:

  • Union County Mudturtles Women’s Rugby (Founder, President, Head Coach)

  • Play Rugby USA (Coach and Youth Development Mentor)

  • Montclair State University (Hand Coach)

  • Tri-State NSCRO Champions (Head Coach)

  • Empire GU (New Club Liaison - her work focuses on building new teams to allow girls and womxn the geographic and financial access to rugby)

  • Actively engages teams in community service initiatives.


Why We Love Anna:

  • Enjoys coaching and strategizing with her husband, Ryan “Tree” Murphy (Co-Founder of the Montclair State University women’s program, Head Coach of the Union County HS boys team and President of the Union County RFC)

  • Sends a big ‘thank you’ to her mom and dad for shuttling her to and from the train station so she could commute to NYC 3x a week to play rugby

  • “So many people credit her for the reason they are involved with rugby and stick around. I play hard to make her proud.”

All photos provided by the award recipient

Photo Credits: Tiffany Chin and Sean Hale