2021 WRCRA CONFERENCE

PANEL - BUILDING A HEALTHY, EFFECTIVE COACHING STAFF:

CREATING A CULTURE IN WHICH COACHES WANT TO STAY

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STACEY BRIDGES

Stacey is an assistant coach with the Dartmouth women's rugby team. She is currently a member of USA Rugby’s Women’s National Team and played in the 2010 World Cup. A 2010 graduate of Texas A&M, Bridges was not only a member of the Aggies during her time in College Station, but also a member of the US U20 National Team from 2006-09. She earned a masters degree in kinesiology from UTEP in 2015. Stacey was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota (2014-15) the US Naval Academy (2016) and a 7s coach for Totino-Grace High School (2013) in Fridley, Minnesota.

KATIE DOWTY

Katy is the head coach of the Dartmouth women's rugby program and Head Coach of the Women's Collegiate All-Americans. She began coaching as a volunteer with Harvard in 2009, after finishing a successful tenure with the national team she took a position with American International College as an assistant coach. She was an assistant coach at Central Washington University where she and her fellow coaches established the first high-performance varsity women’s rugby program on the West Coast.  Katy She was member of the USA Rugby national team from 2010 to 2014, she played with both the 7s and 15s in her four years and made 12 tours as part of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series. In 2011 she was named 7s Player of the Year. Katy is a 2006 graduate of Harvard where she was a standout player and captain.

SUNNY MYERS

Sunny is the Youth Director for Raleigh Rugby Football Club, Capital GU DEI Chair & USAR Sr. Club DEI Committee Member. She is also the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Sr. Leader for Amazon and mama bear to three kiddos + foster loves. As an Indigenous engineer, Sunny is passionate about engaging underrepresented students in STEM, advocating for social justices in the BIPOC community, & creating equitable opportunities for youth rugby players.

RICARDO RAMIREZ

Ricardo is the Head Coach for the University of Notre Dame Women’s Rugby team (2010-Present). He’s also the Head Coach of the  USA women’s U20 , an Assistant Coach for USA Rugby Girl’s High School All-American Team (2015 – 2018), and National All-Star Competition Coach (WNT Pathway). Ricardo was a former Assistant Coach with the U18 program, and former Assistant Coach with the senior Women’s National team (2015-2018) and coached with Atavus. He is currently a member of USA Rugby Emerging Coaches Development Group (Project Soar). Ricardo has a BFA in Literature from Wabash College.

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KITT WAGNER

Kitt was the head coach of the Atlanta Harlequins and an Assistant Coach at Life University. She is a lead coach for Atavus and a College Advisor for The Rugger’s Edge. Kitt was previously Assistant Coach for the USA U-20 Women’s National Team and Head Coach of the Glendale Raptors and West Select Side 7s. She spent eight years on the US Women’s National 15s Team and played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cup. She also played for two seasons on the USA Women’s National 7s Team and was selected to the 2009 World Cup training squad. Kitt played for Beantown RFC (2001-11) and Glendale (2011-14). She is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam (BA) and Boston University (MA).