MaryBeth Mathews, Bowdoin College Head Coach, Varsity Women’s Rugby
Coach Mathews finished her 21st year coaching rugby at Bowdoin College with an undefeated season, conference championship and trip to the National Final Four. In addition to the nationally ranked Polar Bears, she’s coached the All Maine U-23 and New England U-23 Select Sides and is a USA Rugby certified coach and referee. The former Eastern representative on USA Rugby’s College Management Council, she continues to volunteer for USA Rugby and is President of the American Collegiate Rugby Association.
Bowdoin Women’s Rugby consistently graduates top leaders in their academic field and turns out winning seasons on the pitch, including five New England Championships and bids to the regional (2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and national championships (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014). Bowdoin College has produced numerous high school and college coaches, four All-Americans and two USA National team members. The team tours internationally every four years and most recently visited Spain and France in March 2013.
Meet Some of the Staff
- Farrah Douglas – USA National player and Scrum Coach, Penn State & Gonzaga H.S Coach (pictured above)
- Jonathan ‘Griff’ Griffin – Head Coach of PBRC; Richmond (London) Coach; former Stanford University Head Coach and Director of Rugby, MSc Ex Phys, ASCC, CSCS, FMS, CES, USAW
- Peter Baggetta – USA Rugby Coach Educator, USAR Defensive Coach; Penn State Asst. Coach; Head Coach Gonzaga H.S. 2014 National Champions
- Karen “K.O.” Onufry – Middlebury College Head Coach, former USA National player
- Anthony Purpura – member, USA Eagles, Coach, Boston College
- Richard Lopacki, Princeton
- Laurie Bourdon, former USA Eagles, Beantown WRFC, Algonquin H.S.coach
- Kerri Heffernan – Brown University
- Gary Devoe – USA Rugby Referee and Referee Trainer/Evaluator