Lauren Barber

Age: 29


Hails From:
Seattle, Washington


Job That Pays the Bills:
Director of Youth and Community Development for the Seattle Seawolves


Rugby Life:

  • Seattle Rugby Club (player)

  • Washington Athletic Club 7’s (player)

  • Indiana State Girls High School MVP (2009 & 2010)

  • Midwest Thunderbirds (player)

  • USAR U23 (player)

  • D1 National Champion, Penn State University (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

  • Seattle Rugby Club, 15s National Champion

  • Atavus Academy 7s National Champion


Leading Like a Boss:

  • USA National Team, Pacific Northwest (Scout)

  • Rugby Washington (Vice President)

  • Seattle Rugby Club (Recruitment Director)

  • Girls High School Loggers (Head Coach)

  • Seawolves Youth Team (Head Coach)

  • Regional youth ages 4-19 (Coach)

  • USAY and HSR Nominations Committee

  • Club 7s Committee

  • Club Eligibility Committee

  • Built and maintains Rugby Washington’s website, newsletter, and social media channels


Why We Love Lauren:

  • Has curated and executed rugby programming in over 50 schools and Boys and Girls Clubs in Washington, Las Vegas, and Bermuda

  • Hosts after-school rugby programs, summer camps, and MLR matchday events

  • Participates in rugby-focused community service, sending equipment and kit to teams in need

  • Delivered food to front line workers during the pandemic

  • Instrumental in creating the new representational-focused governance and competition structure for the state of Washington

  • Spearheaded women’s webinar events during the pandemic

  • “Always leads with a cool head and employs a grounded leadership style rarely seen in rugby groups.”

All photos provided by the award recipient

Photo Credits: Quinn Width and Caean Couto