Coaches

Head Coach

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Gary Anderson

Coach Anderson is originally from Montana. He moved to Lexington in 1998 to attend the University of Kentucky where he picked up the sport of rugby. During his time playing rugby for UK he was a two time captain leading the Wildcats to back to back winning seasons. Upon graduating in 2002 with a  B.A. in finance he began playing for the Lexington Blackstones where he helped lead them to a national ranking in 2009, falling just short of a National Championship. In 2011 Coach Anderson accepted a coaching position with the University of Kentucky, with a primary role of coaching the pack and heading up recruiting. In 2016 he was named head coach at the University, he quickly followed that up with and SEC Championship and a top 3 National Ranking in 2017.  The success of the program has lead to him being awarded back to back SEC Coach of the Year Honors in 2016 and 2017.  In addition to coaching UK, Coach Anderson is on the coaching staff for the U19 USA South Panthers and assists with the High School All American and EIRA Rugby Programs. Gary is also a Level 300 Certified Coach.

7’s Coach

Vince Gross

Coach Gross Vince began playing rugby for the University of Kentucky in 2000 after spending two years wrestling and playing collegiate soccer.  After college he continued his rugby career with the Lexington Blackstones, who he captioned and represented on several local Union and Territorial select sides, playing both fifteens and sevens.  Coach Gross’s heads up the 7’s program with the assistance of Jan Debeer and Scott Tungay.

Assistant Coach

Scott Tungay.

Coach Tungay honed his skills in South Africa. He attended the Shark’s Satellite academy in Pietermaritzburg (Midlands Rugby Academy) where he played fly half, while there he received his Level 2 IRB coaching certification. Upon receiving his coaching certification he began coaching at Maritzburg College and running a private rugby academy. He specializes in the back-line, but with his background he can run any program in the country.

Assistant Coach

Erik Nason

Coach Nason cut his teeth as a US Marine where he served 4 years in the 2nd Marine Airwing. After proudly serving in the US Marines, Erik attended the University of Kentucky and began playing for the UK Rugby Program. During his time at UK he was a dominate flanker a team leader and an MVP. Upon graduating he played several years for the Lexington Blackstones before hanging up the spikes. He is presently a member of the Lexington Fire Department.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Taylor Johnson

Coach Johnson is a Lexington native who has been involved in the world of Strength & Conditioning since 2007. He began his career with the HIT (High Intensity Training) of Lexington in 2007 and has worked with high school, collegiate, and semi-professional athletes of all sports. Over the last 10 years Taylor has worked with collegiate club teams, high school track teams, athletes training for professional combines, Olympic lifting athletes, Power lifting athletes and competitive CrossFit athletes. October of 2012 Taylor opened up Man O’ War CrossFit (also The University of Kentucky Rugby Training Center) where he continues to work with athletes on their off season strength and conditioning. Taylor has been working alongside the University of Kentucky Rugby since the winter of 2013, programming their off season strength and conditioning program.

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2018 Schedule

August

UK 38  - Blackstones 12

September

UK 41 - Louisville 3
UK 50 - Univ. Cincinnati 10
UK 36 Tennessee 32

October

UK 51  Mississippi State 3
UK 5 Lindenwood-Bellville 33
UK 59 MTSU 5

SEC Semi Finals
UK 38  South Carolina 31

SEC Championship
UK 36 Alabama 31

Home games are played at UK Rugby Field (view google map) next to the UK Soccer/Softball Complex on Alumni Drive.