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University of Kentucky Rugby Names New Head Coach

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University of Kentucky Rugby Names New Head Coach

Sam Enari is now the new Kentucky Rugby Head Coach.

The University of Kentucky has named Sam Enari as its new Head Coach.

Outgoing Head Coach Gary Anderson remains involved with the program but has had to take a step back because of day-job and personal commitments. 

Enari played at Indiana from 2007 to 2012 and earned his BS in Education while there. He worked as an Worked as an elementary school teacher in Indianapolis, Houston, and Denver until 2017 before taking a position with a Cultural Exchange and Educational travel company.

As a rugby coach he coached the backline at Indiana for both the men's and women's teams, coached the Bloomington HS team, and later on he coached the University of Houston team from 2014-2016. After moving to the Denver area Enari was an assistant for the Glendale women's 7s team and a founding coach for the Rocky Mountain Magic, while also playing for the Glendale men's team.

He also spent a year in New Zealand playing for Suburbs Rugby Club in Auckland and a year in Australia playing for the West Harbour Pirates in Sydney. Most recently Enari was on the coaching staff at American International College, working with the women's team that won NIRA's D2 championship and the men's team as well.

"I am excited to announce our new head coach Sam Enari," Anderson said in an announcement. "I have had the opportunity to coach with Sam on multiple occasions and have always found him to be one of the best in the college landscape, he has been my first choice since day one and will without a doubt grow the program we have all built over the last decade.  I will continue to work with UK Rugby from more of a General Manager optic allowing me time to climb some new mountains while still fueling my passion as a coach and mentor."

“I am excited and humbled to be part of the Kentucky Rugby family," added Enari. "I hope and plan to honor the history of UK rugby and continue the winning reputation UK rugby has on and off the pitch. I am excited to start with boys and push for a successful 2022 fall campaign.”

Kentucky is set for a fall 15s season in the SCRC at the DIAA level.