Monday, August 18, 2014

HARC names Brett Mills as Men's Head Coach

Houston Athletic Rugby Club Press Release

Houston, TX - HARC is proud to announce Mr. Brett Mills as the new Men's Head Coach for the upcoming 2014 - 2015 Competitive 15's Season. Mills will succeed Head Coach Jason van Wyk.

Coach Brett Mills - Brett Mills comes to Houston Athletic Rugby Club with 31 years of experience as a player and coach.  He began his career in 1984 as a prop with the University of Montana and after a number of stops finished his playing days with the Woodlands in 1996.  He has coached at every level, both as an assistant and head coach.  Mills had head coaching tenures with the University of St. Thomas, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University and has served as the Assistant Head Coach at St. Thomas High School since 2002.  He is the former Director of Rugby for the Rugby Texas High Performance Development Group as well as the Director of Rugby for the Houston Stormers Rugby Academy.  Mills was a manager/coach from 2006-2008 with the United States Rugby U-18 and U-17 National teams and manager/coach with the Texas Collegiate Select Side.  Among his honors, Mills was named Texas High School Coach of the Year (2011) and United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year (2010).  He is also a member of the St. Thomas Rugby Hall of Fame (2009).

Coach Mills describes his thoughts on the new position and the 2014 - 2015 Competitive 15's Season
I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the Houston Athletic Rugby Club.  The club has a proud tradition of which I hope to build on while here.  HARC will focus on skills, hard-physical play, and wide-open, expansive rugby.  My job is to instill a sustainable model of winning rugby.  We will do this by taking good care of our current players, expanding our recruiting efforts (both within and out of Houston), and providing a fun and winning environment in which all players can grow and reach their full potential as athletes and men.  While the competition within our division is extremely competitive, we are determined through hard-work, mental and physical preparation to put a highly-skilled, physical, and exciting team on the pitch and fight for a championship during the 2015 season.  I firmly believe we have the talent and experience to give our competitors a very exciting contest whenever we meet on the pitch.  I look forward to the season with a great deal of excitement and anticipation!”

About Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC) - Coach Mills comes to HARC at an exciting time for the Club. The HARC Women's side continues to develop, recently qualifying and participating in the 2013-2014 Division 2 Round of 8. Coach Martin Chalmers will continue to lead the Women further into playoffs next year. Both Men's sides saw continued growth and had competitive seasons as well. The Division 2 Men's side started the season with a 5 game win streak, while the Division 1 side proved to be a tough opponent in the division and came away with an upset victory over the very strong New Orleans Rugby Club (2013-2014 Division 1 National Finalist).

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