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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

UNT names Head coach

Press Release - UNT Rugby

Denton, TX - The men of North Texas Rugby would like to welcome Michael Engelbrecht as the new Head Coach. Yes, that Michael Engelbrecht, the long time Dallas Harlequin Head Coach, USA Rugby High School All American Assistant Coach, and USA Rugby Men’s Junior All American (U20) Assistant Coach. This should be a smooth transition as Coach Engelbrecht has been working with the club in a mentor/advisory/coaching role for several years now. Most recently, Michael worked with closely with UNT when the club traveled to the College 7s National Championships.

Long time coach, Art Anderson, cited scheduling conflicts as his reason for stepping down after coaching the Mean Green - his alma mater - for many years. Art parts the club stating: “It has been an honor to coach the many young men that have come through this program. Thank you all for putting up with me all these years! My current schedule will not allow me to put in the time required to coach this program to the greatness that is coming. I couldn’t be happier to have a coach of Michael’s caliber to take this club to the next level!”

Incoming Head Coach Michael Engelbrecht added, ”While working with UNT Rugby the last few years, I’ve enjoyed the positive team culture and vibe that Coach Art Anderson has established. I plan to build on that and use other constructive school and rugby traditions to further promote the game of rugby at UNT and the development of its student athletes. Art has been a fixture here as Head Coach of UNT Rugby for many years with the programs successes being attributed to his commitment to the players… big shoes to fill indeed! I’m looking forward to the challenge of taking an already strong program further forward and into consistent national prominence.”

The coaching staff will be filled out with UNT Rugby alumni Andrew Marshall and Michael Brdecka. Mean Green Rugby enjoys the return of a host of starters as well as some quality, experienced, new recruits. Couple that with the quality instruction the players will be receiving and UNT Rugby plans to be a force on the national scene in both 7s and XVs.

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