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
  • Gavin Hickie, USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans Coach


James Willocks, Head Coach

  • Head Coach, Dartmouth College, 2017 - Present
  • Head Coach, Penn State, 2017 (Varsity Cup Semi-Finals)
  • Assistant Coach, USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All-American Team
  • 4-year DRFC Assistant Coach
  • 4-year Big Green Football Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • 4x Ivy League XV Championship
  • From Balclutha, New Zealand
  • University of Otago (B.A. in Exercise & Sports Science and Exercise Prescription)
  • Worked with the Otago ITM Cup rugby team in New Zealand
  • Played Premier Level Rugby with the Alhambra Union Rugby Club
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Justin Goonan, Assistant Coach

  • Assistant Coach, Dartmouth College, 2017-Present
  • Owner, Universal Sports & Conditioning 2008-Present
  • USA U-20s Strength & Conditioning Coach 2010-Present
  • Head Coach, Spring Hill College, 2014-2017
  • MS, Strength & Conditioning, University of Greenwich 2014
  • BS, Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University 2005


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