Coaching Legacy

International, professional coaches have been calling Hanover home for many generations.

The DRFC was one of the first colleges to raise coaching standards beginning in the late 70s: 

  • Geoff Mould, “Invincible Australia Schoolboys of 77-78”
  • Rudy Smith, Moseley Coach, UK
  • Guy Smith, Ponsonby Coach, NZ
  • Nigel Topping, Cambridge, UK
  • Dale Atkins, NZ Black Ferns, NZ Maori, Canterbury
  • Mark and Gary Williams, Wales / USA Eagles
  • Brian Hightower, USA Eagles
  • Stu Krohn, Hong Kong 
  • Brian Calder, NZ Club
  • Wayne Young ’72, Hawaii
  • Alex Magleby '00, USA Sevens National Team Head Coach, USA Rugby General Manager - Rugby, USA Sevens Eagle Captain
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Gavin Hickie, Head Coach

  • Head Coach, Dartmouth College, 2012 - Present
  • Forwards Coach, Collegiate All-Americans, 2014-
  • Founder, LineoutCoach.Com, 2011 - Present
  • Forwards Coach, Junior All-Americans, 2012-2013
  • Forwards Coach, USA Selects National A Team, 2012
  • 3x Ivy League Rugby Champions
  • IRB Junior World Trophy Champions, 2012
  • Assistant Coach, Belmont Shore, 2011-2012
  • Forwards Coach, Leicester Tigers Academy, 2008
  • Representative playing honors Ireland u19s, 21s, As and 7s
  • Former Captain, Ireland u19s & Ireland 7s
  • Former professional player Leinster, London Irish, Worcester, Leicester Tigers
  • BA, Economics & History, University College Dublin
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Ben Schuler, Athletic Trainer

  • Head Athletic Trainer for Dartmouth College Men’s and Women’s Rugby programs 2011-Present
  • Dartmouth College Baseball Athletic Trainer 2011-2012
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Troy University 2009-2011
  • MS, Sports and Fitness Management, Troy University, 2011
  • BS, Health Sciences-Athletic Training, University of Central Florida, 2009