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Julie McCoy

  • Co-Founder and Head Coach, American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC) - the first pro training center to focus on girls and women’s high performance rugby

  • 7’s Development and Crossover Recruiting Coach, USA Rugby (2010-2012)

  • Board Member, Representative to USAR Congress (2010-2013), Member of the Medical and Safety Committee, USA Rugby

  • Head Coach, US Women’s National Team 7’s (2005-2009, 2015-2016)

  • Assistant Coach, US Women’s National Team 15’s (2002 -2004), US Women’s National Team 7’s (2005)

  • Head Coach, South Men's 7’s (2010-2012)

  • Head Coach, Little Rock Men's 15’s (2010), Men's 7’s (2009-2017)

  • Head Coach, Little Rock Women’s 7’s (2005-2009, 2015-2016)

  • Head Coach, West 15’s and 7’s (1999-2001)

  • US Women’s National Team Player 7s (1998)

  • Captain, Atlantis 7’s (1999)

Julie McCoy’s sustained passion for rugby over her entire adult life is unsurpassed. For decades, she has devoted her time and financial resources to giving women and men the opportunity to play rugby at the highest levels. Julie is an entrepreneur and innovator without peer in the women’s game: she conceived of, founded and ran the ARPTC (American Rugby Professional Training Center) in Little Rock, Arkansas, which helped countless women and girls focus on playing rugby without distraction, and thus raised the level of the game in this country. Julie is famous for her sense of humor, which helped her overcome many of the obstacles she faced as Head Coach of the National Women’s 7s Team and Board Member of USA Rugby. She brought her famous “Hooty Hoot” cheer to post-march celebrations, and Julie deserves a monstrous “Hooty Hoot” from all of us for her lifetime of achievements and contributions to rugby, and I have no doubt Kathy Flores is up there “Hooty Hooting” in agreement. (Sue Parker)

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