MaryBeth Mathews, Director, Bowdoin College Head Coach, Varsity Women’s Rugby
Coach Mathews is in her 28th year coaching rugby at Bowdoin College winning the inaugural Fall 2019 NCAA (NIRA) Div III National Championship and repeating again in Fall’21. In 2016, Bowdoin took 1st place in NIRA’s Tier 2 and placed 2nd in ’17 and ’18. Following her career playing competitive club and select-side rugby and winning two national championships (1978 Portland, ME; 1991 Beantown) and in addition to coaching the nationally ranked Polar Bears, Mathews coached the Maine U-23 and New England U-23 Select Sides and is a USA Rugby certified coach and referee. Contributions to the game include 5 yrs as East Regional Representative on USAR College Management Council, 3 years on Women’s Strategic Committee, NESCAC Conference Commissioner, American Collegiate Rugby Association President, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s collegiate rugby, and current member of WRCRA, Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association.
Bowdoin’s Varsity Rugby program consistently graduates top leaders in their academic fields and turns out winning seasons on the pitch, including five New England Championships and bids to regional (2006, 2007, 2011 through 2017) and national championships (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019). Bowdoin Women’s Rugby has produced numerous high school and college coaches, referees, 14 Collegiate All-Americans, hundreds of All-Academics, and two USA National team members. The team tours internationally every four years; they toured and played in Spain and France in 2017, and are planning a tour to Portugal or Italy in 2022.
Staff, current & former
- Farrah Douglas – Mount St. Mary’s Varsity Head Coach, former USA Scrum Coach, USAR HSAA Coach and USA Eagle, (pictured to the left)
- Jonathan ‘Griff’ Griffin – Fulham, Richmond RFC Tyrrells Women’s Rugby Premiership Head Coach (UK); Wooden Spoon Invitational Women’s 7s Head Coach; 3-time DI Collegiate Women Nat’l Champion Stanford Rugby & 2-time Nat’l Championship Pacific Coast “Grizzlies” Collegiate Men’s All Star Head Coach; PhD, CSCS
- Russell Earnshaw – former RFU player, RFU U18 coach, RFU Level 4 Coach, Pathway Coach Developer and High Performance Coach for England
- Karen “K.O.” Onufry – Middlebury College Head Coach, former USA National player
- Kathy Flores – Brown University Head Coach, former USA Eagle & WNT Coach
- Lance Connolly – Mt. Saint Mary’s asst coach, former USAR U-20 and Penn State Coach
- Kelley Sullivan – Assistant Coach, Dartmouth College
- Allana Mitchell – Head Coach, Elon College, N.C.
- Craig Wilson – Yale Women’s RFC Head Coach, Australia
- Laurie Bourdon – former USA Eagles, Beantown WRFC, Algonquin H.S. and MYRO All-Star coach