Coach’s Corner




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2018 Belmont High School Rugby Club Coaching Staff

“It’s more than being a team, it’s being part of a family.” – Coach Rufo

Greg Bruce: Boy’s Head [Varsity] Coach – backs coach, halfbacks & centers specialist; Trendsetter  
Coach Bruce has been a teacher at Belmont High School since 2006 and is a Level 200 World Rugby Certified Coach. He began his rugby experience at Southern Connecticut University. He was introduced to the game and quickly developed a passion for the sport. Once in Boston, Coach Bruce began playing with the Boston Irish Wolfhounds and was a member of their 2003 and 2004 National Championship winning teams and represented the Northeast Rugby Union at the National Select-Side tournament on several occasions. He has traveled to numerous countries to play and coach the game. Coach Bruce was the head backs coach & head 7′s coach for Northeastern University from 2012-2014, guiding the club to the Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2013 with a 13th place finish & in 2014 with a 9th place finish. He coached the MYRO U17 Select Side from 2011-2013, which won the New England Challenge Cup each year, & is the head coach of the Boston Irish Wolfhonuds U17 & U19 7′s Program. He has been a member of the coaching staff at Belmont High School since the club’s inception in 2007.
Derek Tommy: Assistant [JV] Coach – backs coach & back three specialist; Cultural Attache 
Coach Tommy is a Belmont parent and rugby enthusiast. Born in Tokoroa, Waikato, New Zealand, Coach Tommy began his rugby career after “gentle” encouragement by his father. In the 1980’s he made several appearances with the University of Auckland Wombats. Once stateside, Coach Tommy continued following the game’s development in this country and is an active member of the Boston Irish Greyhounds. Coach Tommy has also coached the women’s rugby team at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston Women’s Rugby Club, and the NERFU Women’s Collegiate Select Side in 2013 and assisted with the MYRO U19 Select Sides from 2011-2013. He is a Level 200 World Rugby Certified Coach. He joined the Belmont Coaching Staff is 2007 and brings his Kiwi zeal and rugby acumen to the Club.
Tim Berens: Assistant Coach – Developmental Coach; Kicking specialist; Dude
Coach Berens is a 2009 graduate of Belmont High School and a former member of the Belmont Rugby Football Club. He began his rugby career his senior year and fell in love with the sport. While attending Skidmore College Coach Berens spent his time playing with the Saratoga Stampede men’s team. He was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2010, Player of the Year in 2011, and Best Mustache (every year) and was a part of the 2012 NERFU DIII Championship team. He is currently an active member of the Boston Irish Wolfhounds Club. An active coach since 2015, Coach Berens is leading the next generation of Belmont Rugby Players and passing on the traditions that he helped create with BRFC.
Kate McCabe: Girl’s Head [Varsity]Coach – Forwards Specialist, Set Piece and Ruck Enthusiast; Trendsetter
Coach McCabe is a social studies teacher at Belmont High School and a Level 200 World Rugby Certified coach. She began her rugby career at Boston University where she played in the front row for 4 years and served as team president and captain during her time. After college, Coach McCabe began teaching at BHS and joined the Boston Women’s Rugby Club where she had the distinct pleasure of playing every position in the pack, but excelled at flanker and 8-Man. With Boston Women’s she competed in the Women’s Division I National playoffs 3 times, including a 4th place  finish during the 2013-2014 season. While playing  she was elected forward’s captain for 8 seasons and served as president of the club in 2013.  In 2011 she returned to Boston University as an assistant coach and continues to work with BUWRFC as a forwards coach and contact specialist. McCabe has been the head coach of the Belmont Girls Team since it’s creation in 2015.
Deanna NashAssistant [JV] Coach – Backs Coach & Kicking Sensei; 7s Superstar 
Coach Dee is entering her second spring of helping out with girl’s rugby at Belmont High School and is a Level 200 World Rugby Certified coach. She began playing rugby at Boston University and played primarily flyhalf (but she was also lucky enough to have played every other position except front row) and served as vice president and captain. During summers Coach Dee played competitive 7s rugby with a number of clubs but with the Boston Falcons Coach Dee competed at Club 7s Nationals in 2012. Upon graduation, Coach Dee began playing with Boston Women’s Rugby Club with whom she went to Club 7s Nationals with in 2015. In June of 2015, Coach Dee was selected to be a member of the Northeast Olympic Development Academy and has since then travelled to Elite City 7s, Tobago 7s, the Las Vegas 7s Invitational, and Atlanta 7s Festival. As an Athletic Trainer, Coach Dee also provides support to the boy’s team. Coach Dee is excited to become a part of the Belmont rugby family and the girls first competitive season!
Julie AthanasiadisAssistant Coach – Loose Forwards Specialist; 7s Enthusiast
Coach Athanasiadis joined the Belmont Girls Rugby coaching staff in 2016. She began her career at Boston University where she played inside center, flanker and prop and served as V.P. and Captain during her time there, leading her team to the final four of the Division II NRU Championships in 2010. Throughout her rugby career, Coach A has enjoyed competing on several 15s and 7s teams, including BU, Boston Falcons, Boston Belles, and her current team, Boston Women’s Rugby Club. With Boston Women’s she competed in the Women’s Division I National Playoffs, with a 4th place finish during the 2013-2014 season, and in the Club 7s National Tournament in 2015. After college, Coach Athanasiadis coached Rookie Rugby in the Citizens Schools Apprenticeship program in Boston for 3 semesters and is a Level 100 World Rugby and Rookie Rugby certified coach. Belmont Rugby Football Club is excited to welcome Coach A to the club!

Pre-season workouts

Please pay attention to each level. Do not use the advance level if you are inexperienced in the gym. If you’re unsure of how to perform an exercise, please see the coaches or a trainer. DO NOT use too much weight.

Take care of your bodies while training.

Before your workout:
You should eat easily digestive carbs & proteins before a workout – whole wheat toast with peanut butter; a banana; almonds; a fruit & nut bar. Don’t eat too much, but never work out on an empty stomach. And always plenty of water!

During your workout:
Take breaks with small sips of water.

After your workout:
The worst thing you can do after a workout is NOT eat. Have a healthy meal within 45 minutes of a workout. Rice & chicken; a protein smoothie or shake; eggs, fruit & toast; chocolate milk; Greek yogurt with berries & almonds; tuna fish sandwich. Lots of water!

What you put in your body is as important as your workout.

Download the workouts & your tracking charts below:

Beginners – if you’re an underclassmen or are new to the weight room, recovering from an injury, or are unsure of how best to begin, start here with this 3 day / week program.
Pre-season workout BEGINNER level

Intermediate – this series is probably best for most returners and those that have some experience in the weight room. It’s a solid 4 days per week. If you can’t commit to 4 days, start with the beginner workout and adjust as needed.
Pre-season workout INTERMEDIATE level

Advanced - this program is 6 days a week and requires a large commitment. It’s for mostly upperclassmen who have plenty of experience and comfort in the weight room and with fitness.
Pre-season workout ADVANCED level


Belmont Rugby Association Board of Directors:
Janet Goldberg - President & Fundraising Chair
Kathy Ryan – Treasurer

Coaching Staff
Greg Bruce
Derek Tommy
Tim Berens
Kate McCabe
Dee Nash

2018 Captain