2020 WRCRA CONFERENCE
PANEL - WE MAKE THE ROAD WHILE WALKING:
BUILDING AND SUSTAINING RACIALLY DIVERSE TEAMS
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MODERATOR: ROSALIND CHOU
Ros Chou began her coaching career as an assistant backs coach at Georgia Tech in 2012 and became Head Coach of 7’s in 2013. During that time, the team made their first appearances in USA Rugby 15s playoffs in the Division 1 Round of 16 and debuted at both USA Rugby College 7s National Championship and the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC). Ros was named Head Coach of Life University Women’s Rugby, a perennial powerhouse, in January 2014 and Assistant Coach for the WPL Atlanta Harlequins in 2018. In January of 2017, she was honored at the USA Rugby National Development Summit as the 2016 Female Coach of the Year. Ros served on the 2018 Collegiate All-American staff and has been the WPL East All-Star coach in 2018 and 2019. She has a BS from Florida State University, and a MS and Ph.D from Texas A&M, currently serving as an Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University.
Farrah Douglas is the head coach of Mount St. Mary's University, an NCAA varsity program. She also coaches the USA Girl's High School All-American Team (USA U-18) and is an assistant coach with the USA Women's National Team. Previously, she coached the Gonzaga College High School team in Washington, D.C. and was the technical director and skills coach at The Rugby Academy in Potomac, Md. Farrah was a member of the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Women's National Teams, registering 26 international caps. She served as an international female athlete representative to USA Rugby's Congress from 2009-2013. Farrah has a BA from Bowdoin College.
KOMA GANDY FISCHBEIN
Koma Gandy Fischbein is the Head Coach of the Village Lions Men’s and Women’s 7s programs, the All-Navy Men’s 7s squad and the Combined Services 7s team. She has previously served as an assistant coach at Columbia University, the Head Coach for the Combined Services 7s, the Assistant Coach for the New York Rugby Club 15s, and coach for the Armed Forces Women’s 7s. Koma played for Radcliffe Women’s Rugby, the Southern California Griffins 7s/15s, Mid Atlantic 7s, Atlantis VII’s and was in the USWNT Player Pool from 2003-2005. Koma has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. After graduating from Harvard, Koma was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, serving as a Surface Warfare Officer for 15 years on active duty and in the reserves. She was also part of the early group of female officers in the Navy to serve on combatant ships after the Navy lifted the moratorium in 1993 that had excluded women from those roles. She is currently the Director of Content Production for Codecademy and an innovator in the educational technology industry.
Phaidra Knight played in three World Cups and was selected as the top player in the world in her position in 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was named the USA Rugby Player of the Decade and in 2017 was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Phaidra earned at BA from Alabama State University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin. Phaidra founded PeaK Unleashed, a non-profit organization devoted to cultivating youth leadership and development through rugby with an initial emphasis on incarcerated and sexually exploited populations. She has worked as a rugby analyst for NBC Sports, ESPN, and FloRugby, and serves on the USA Rugby Board of Directors and the Women's Sports Foundation Board of Trustees. Phaidra is an avid CrossFit competitor and in 2013, was a member of the United States Developmental Bobsled Team. She has served as an assistant coach at Princeton University.
Alycia has been a U.S. National Team player since 2015. She represented the US in both 15’s and 7’s including multiple World Cup and Super Series appearances. Alycia has a BS in Psychology from UCONN and MS in Sport Management from Ohio State. She is currently an assistant coach at Yale.