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Girls Stars & Stripes Coaches Named

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Girls Stars & Stripes Coaches Named

BOULDER, Colo. – The Girls coach staffs for the USA Rugby Stars and Stripes Camp have been named, USA Rugby has announced.

More than 100 coaches applied for the 12 available staff positions. The coaches were selected through an online application, identification by current national team coaches, and the USA Rugby Coach Development Program in order to build the pool of high performance coaches to ensure the future development of USA Rugby.

Along with developing more than 90 young athletes during the week, the 12 selected coaches will also undergo coach development training with USA Rugby Coach Development staff, USA Rugby AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans Head Coach Danielle Miller, and Girls High School All-American Head Coach Mollie McCarthy.

Kelly Seary, an assistant coach at Harvard Women’s Rugby and the AIG Women’s Junior All-Americans, has been selected to coach the Girls Stars with Dowty and State College High School Girls Rugby Head Coach Bernard Cantorna as assistants. Dowty is an assistant coach at Central Washington University under teammate Denham.

Anna Kunkel moves to the head-coaching role with the Girls Stripes after serving as an assistant coach with the Girls Stars last year. The former head coach at the University of Texas currently holds coaching positions with three rugby clubs, including the Kansas City Jazz Women’s Rugby Team and the Northland Men’s Rugby Team. Kunkel also coaches the Heartland Youth Rugby co-ed and boys (flag and contact) middle school teams. Recently-named Central Washington University Women’s Rugby Head Coach Denham and Marquette University Women’s Head Coach Shannon Bustillos.

The Stars and Stripes Camp begins Sunday, July 13 in Greeley, Colo., and culminates with two matches between the respective teams Wednesday, July 16.

USA Rugby Stars and Stripes Camp | Coaching Staff
Girls Stars 
Head Coach - Kelly Seary 
Assistant Coach - Katie Dowty 
Assistant Coach - Bernard Cantorna
Girls Stripes 
Head Coach - Anna Kunkel 
Assistant Coach - Mel Denham 
Assistant Coach - Shannon Bustillos