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Meet the Conestoga Rugby Club Coaches

High School Boys Head Coach

Alex Johnson


Playing Experience: North Penn High School - 1996-2000, Penn State University - 2000-2004, U-19 Eagles Santiago, Chile World Cup Team 2001, Philly Whitemarsh RFC 

Experience: Physical Education teacher, Football Coach Valley Forge Middle School, Football Coach Freshman team Conestoga High School, Conestoga Rugby Assistant Coach 6 years, Conestoga Rugby Head Coach 7 years

Best Part of Coaching: Watching student athletes develop a passion for the game of rugby and see them unite as a family on and off the field.

Best thing about Rugby: The entire culture of rugby, from the hard work as individuals to the teamwork displayed on the field, it encompasses everything that these young gentlemen will need to succeed in life.


High School Boys Forwards Coach

Keith McLean


Playing Experience: West Virginia University, Seacoast RFC, Boston RFC, Philadelphia RFC, represented East Penn MARFU, ERU. Played for USA Atlantis 7s A-side and Classic Eagles 15s.

Experience: 10 years coaching experience - Assistant Coach to US All-American 7s A-side team. Philly Whitemarsh RFC Forwards Assistant Coach. Conestoga High School.

Best Part of Coaching: Inspiring players to have a passion for the game of rugby and the culture of sportsmanship by which the game is played.

Best thing about Rugby: Is that you put yourself through so much physical combat, that winning is everything!


High School Boys Backs Coach

Marsh Pennington

Playing Experience: University of Delaware - 1977-1981, Philly Whitemarsh RFC 1981 - Present and Hall of Fame member, Atlantis Sevens, Team America, EPRU and ERU Allstars, Cardinals Rugby (old boys allstar team)

Coaching Experience: Valley Forge/Phoenixville U-19 for 12 years, West Chester University Assistant Coach 2009 to present, Conestoga High School 2015 to present


High School Girls Head Coach

Jenna Ponto

Playing Experience: 3 years at Unionville High School, 1 year at West Chester University, 3 years at Brandywine Women's RFC as well as playing 15's and 7's.  Brandywine 7's Team Captain for 3 years.

Coaching Experience: First year as a coach. 

Best Part of Coaching: As a first-year coach, I’m thrilled to gain the experience and watch the athletes develop a passion for the game the same way I did when I started playing.

Best thing about Rugby: I’ve been playing rugby for about 10 years. I was exposed to rugby when I was 9 years old by watching  both of my brothers play through their high school years. Being the youngest of three children, and the only girl, I always played the same sports they did, so naturally I picked up a rugby ball and developed a passion for the game! 

The culture of rugby, the camaraderie, the discipline shown as an individual and a team, are some of the many great aspects of this sport.


Juniors Head Coach

Pat Humbert

Playing Experience: University of Hartford

Coaching Experience: Conestoga High School Juniors Head Coach 2011 - Present

Best Part of Coaching: watching all the boys I coach at the junior level grow up and accomplish great things at the High School level

Best thing about Rugby: The community and camaraderie with my teammates every time we step on the pitch.


Juniors Assistant Coach

Sam Pearce


Playing Experience: 2014-2015 Brandywine RFC, 2015-Present Philadelphia-Whitemarsh RFC, 2014-Present Philadelphia Fight RLFC (2016 USARL National Champion).

Coaching Experience: First year coaching.

Best thing about coaching: I am looking forward to sharing my passion and love for the game on to the next generation of players.

Best thing about rugby: playing for the guy next to you.

 


Youth Head Coach

Grant Musker

Playing Experience: Extensive playing experience in both Rugby Union and Rugby League in New Zealand. 

Coaching Experience: Youth Head Coach for Conestoga HSRFC. 

Best Part of Coaching: Watching the players grow and teaching rugby fundamentals.

 

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