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Rugby Ontario – (WHITBY, ON) – Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of the Ontario Blues Under-20 Women’s Coaching Staff for the 2018 championship season.

The 2018 “Blues” will be led by Chris McKee. Chris steps in to the Head Coach’s role after serving as assistant coach to Pete Hurcus with the U20’s over the last two seasons. Presently the Head Coach with the new Durham College Women’s Rugby program, Chris has been a fixture in Ontario Rugby at numerous levels for over 25 years.

At the club level, Chris has been Director of Rugby with the Oshawa Vikings for 12 years. During this time period, Oshawa developed one of the top junior programs in the province, with Chris coaching numerous Viking age grade teams to no fewer than nine Ontario Club Championships.

At the high school level, Chris has developed the Uxbridge Tigers Women’s program into one of the top school programs in the Province in both 15’s and 7’s.

Joining Chris this year in the Under-20 program are some of the top coaches in the country.

Dan Valley (Head Coach, Queen’s University Women’s Rugby/Head Coach, Rugby Canada U18 Women’s 15’s), Campbell MacNeill (Head Coach, University of Toronto Women’s Rugby/Senior Women’s Head Coach and Director of Junior Rugby, Toronto Nomads) and Blake Wilson (Assistant Coach, Queen’s University Women’s Rugby/Former U20 Provincial Coach) round out the staff.

“Pete has done an outstanding job with the Ontario Women’s Provincial program and it has been a pleasure to work with him,” stated Chris when asked about this year’s program. “With the coaching staff that we have put together, I look forward to continuing to learn and develop as a coach, while providing a platform for our Ontario U20 athletes to maximize their potential.”

Rugby Ontario congratulates our new Under-20 staff and look forward to watching some outstanding rugby in the months to come.

The Under-20 team is set to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the Canadian Rugby Championship on July 17-22, 2018.

 

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Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to establish a stronger identity for rugby in Ontario by promoting the sport’s core values and by fostering a culture of inclusiveness and excellence on and off the field of play.

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For more information

Kevin Baxter
Communications Coordinator – Rugby Ontario
647-560-4790 x 1006
kbaxter@rugbyontario.com