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Lindenwood Makes Coaching Staff Changes

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Lindenwood University's men's rugby program has announced some changes in its coaching staff.

Assistant coaches Nic Tyson and Trevor Locke are moving on. Tyson chose chose to head back to Wisconsin to be closer to family. A well-regarded coach he will undoubtedly be involved in the game back in the Badger State. Locke, meanwhile, has taken a position as an assistant with the Lindenwood women's team.

Meanwhile, recent USA performance analyst Jimmy Harrison, a former graduate assistant with the Lions, returns to St. Charles as an assistant. He will continue to work with the USA national team programs.

"As we tack towards the technical and on-field intelligence during this semester, Harrison will be an invaluable resource," Lindenwood Head Coach Josh Macy said of Harrison.

Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Mata'u was also working with the USA program, this time with the USA 7s team, returns to work at Lindenwood.

Aaron Browne returns for another year as scrum coach as the longest tenured staff member for men's rugby in his eighth season. 

Newcomer Stephen Duff, who developed his game in Ireland but coached soccer at Lindenwood and Fontbonne University. He played with the St. Louis Royals, and also played for Lindenwood. He will be the deep three and kicking coach. Steven Harris joins the coaching team as an intern from the United States Army. The former logistics officer is part of an individually coordinated program to assist veterans with transitioning into civilian careers. He played fullback for the University of Tennessee before joining the Army.

George O'Sullivan returns as a student coach, while Nic Taylor, who was the starting center for the 2019-20 squad, will intern as an administrative assistant focusing on operations and the coordination of technology as he finalizes his degree.

Volunteer  Jason Buschman returns for his second season. The former head coach of East Carolina recently moved to the area to continue his practice as a myofascial surgeon and uses his expertise to develop the hand-eye coordination of the team. Recent Lindenwood alums Corey Harmann and Jeremy Leber will be adding their efforts to the coaching ranks while they also work day jobs.

"I can't imagine a better group of coaches to partner with," he said. "Their enthusiasm and expertise are second to none. Our players are unbelievably fortunate to be working with them," said Macy. 

Macy begins his fifth season at the helm of the men's rugby program. Under his direction, the Lions have compiled an 83-16-2 record (.822 winning percentage) in XV's competition and a 53-5 record (.914 winning percentage) in sevens rugby.