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Camp Staff

 

John Roberts -- Camp Director
 
Coach Roberts founded the Furman Rugby program in 1998, and has guided the team to three national Division III titles and five South Championships. His career coaching record is 156-58-1. Over the past four years, his teams, known for their well-drilled and passionate play, have compiled a remarkable 61-14 record. Roberts has served as coach of the Palmetto Collegiate All-Stars for three years.He currently serves as Commissioner of the Southern Rugby Conference, which includes 12 Div. II college teams.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Roberts was president of the Gamecocks rugby team and has played for men's teams in Augusta and Greenville.  He has been a lifelong ambassador for rugby and is very well regarded in rugby circles.  He is intensely competitive and a master motivator who believes that "perfect practice makes perfect." Four years ago, Roberts founded the Greer Spartans High School team with his son, Zach.  In 2010, the young team was winless, 0-8.  The team improved to 10-4-1 in 2011, 14-4 in 2012 and 10-2-1 in 2013.


Roberts has worked at Furman University for 16 years. He currently serves as Communications Director in the university's department of marketing and public relations. In 2009, the Furman University’s Board of Trustees voted to name the rugby pitch in his honor. Roberts is married to Brandis Timmons Roberts.  They have five children, Zach, 18, Maggie, 16, Alley, 15,  Julianna, 14 and Max, 12.  They live in Greenville, 15 minutes from campus. 


Darren Scott -- Coach

Coach Scott began playing rugby when he was four 4 and has recently moved into coaching after playing professional rugby in New Zealand, Australia, England and Canada. As a player, he competed mostly as fullback and outside centre.

Darren has coached both men and women in collegiate and club rugby. He is a level 2 IRB certified coach as well as an IRB certified referee. In 2009, he returned to New Zealand to gain his IRANZ (International Rugby Academy New Zealand) qualification Advanced Coaching Course Certification.

Darren has crossed trained with the Wellington Hurricanes and their scrum/forwards coach on 2008/09/10 Daniel Cron (Son of the All Blacks Scrum Coach). In 2009 he was asked to become the Attack/Backs coach for the Northeast Collegiate All Stars and again in 2010 but as the Defense/Forwards Coach.

Pat Reid - Coach

Chuck Wurl –  Coach

Coach Wurl has worked in higher education since 2003 and has been involved in rugby since 1998. He was introduced to the sport as an undergraduate at Elon and holds a level 300 USA Rugby coaching certification.  Wurl has worked as a coach, a conference administrator, and an academic monitor and advisor to rugby players.  At the University of Tennessee, he started the Academic Monitoring Program that became the Achieving Excellence program, or "ACE."  Wurl was awarded the Chancellor's Honors' Award at UT in 2007 for his work with Bearden High School Rugby team.  A history teacher at Rockingham Community College, Wurl has worked as a researcher, advisor, consultant, judicial and committee member. He serves as the head coach for UNC-Greensboro.









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