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Santa Monica Looking for New Coach

Friday Aug 14, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Rugby Super League

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The Santa Monica Rugby Club is on a worldwide search for a new men’s coach to lead the club into the 2010 Rugby Super League (RSL) and beyond after club stalwart Stuart Krohn, head coach for the past 10 years, announced he will step aside in order to increase his dedication to the future of junior rugby in the USA.

With a commitment to the USA’s premier club rugby competition (RSL) and the highly competitive Southern California Rugby Football Union, the Santa Monica Dolphins are one of the nation’s best clubs and as such are expecting plenty of interest for the plum coaching position.

The Dolphins, who were formed in 1972, joined the RSL in 2007 and have been extremely competitive in their first three seasons. The club has a proud history of success with seven national Division I titles, including recently in 2005 and 2006. Twenty Santa Monica players have donned the USA Eagles jersey, three of them as captain.

Santa Monica also boasts a competitive women’s team and one of the best youth rugby programs in the USA.

With a solid core group of men’s players already on the books and an impressive crop of youngsters coming up through the ranks, the club expects big things in the future and is open to either a playing or non-playing coach.

“Any candidate would have to exhibit a sound knowledge of the game along with the willingness to perform many of the extra-curricular tasks necessary to operate an amateur club at a semi-professional level,” Dolphins General Manager Dominic Riebli says.

Krohn, who will continue to contribute to the club as a consultant, has moved aside to concentrate more thoroughly on his role as Director of Rugby with the Inner City Education Fund - Los Angeles (ICEF).

“I remain devoted to help steer the SMRC in the right direction as we face all challenges,” Krohn said. “We have only made it to this point of unprecedented growth and respect through a committed team of players, coaches, administrators, medical teams, supporters and Old Boys and Girls.  I have deep gratitude and respect for SMRC.”

Applicants interested in receiving consideration for the role of Head Coach for the Santa Monica Rugby Club, please contact General Manager Dominic Riebli at hero1240@hotmail.com .




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