Atavus Rugby Camp

Atavus Rugby Camp

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Emmitsburg, MD

Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
May 27 - May 28, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Male | Female
AGES: 14 +



*Group Rates Available

This two-day USA Rugby Academy Training Camp will establish a strong technical foundation for game understanding, accelerated skill acquisition, and encourage athletes to apply their technique under increased pressure, and act instinctively in both attack and defense. Available for male and female athletes ages 14+ (players are segmented by age and ability).

Our Coaching Philosophy
  • Develop instinctive athletes
  • Maximize player potential
  • Prepare athletes to achieve their goals
  • Train skills necessary for the modern game
At Atavus, we train an Attacking mindset by creating an environment where athletes see opportunity and are encouraged to experiment. We want every athlete to leave an Atavus program feeling inspired and wanting the ball in their hands. We focus on developing the critical the critical skills necessary for the modern game with an emphasis on getting behind the defensive line using vision, awareness, and creativity. Our process is player centered and outcome-oriented, driven from the why. Skills are trained through a combination of technical execution, pressure, and context, using variable & deliberate arctic to accelerate skills development and fortify transfer from the training put to game day.

Developing Modern Rugby Athletes
  • Get behind the line: Step off both feet, and accelerate into space through contact.
  • Maintain and preserve space: Pass off both hands at the right time, with the correct weight & manage their alignment, foot-speed & running lines to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Create and manipulate space: Read the micro & macro cues of the defense.
  • Give life to the ball: Keep the ball alive through offloading, inject energy with effective support lines, create fast ball.
  • Manage defensive situations confidently, regardless of space and mismatches: Track & tackle effectively off both shoulders, and understand how to manage space to their advantage.
  • Slow down opponent's attacking ball to regain advantage: Effective & deliberate actions post contact.
Atavus employs USA Rugby National Team coaches and athletes who stand for our philosophy and work together to develop our programming & curriculum.
Photo of Chris Ash Chris Ash Rutgers Head Football Coach

  • Current Head Coach | Rutgers
  • Former Defense Coordinator | Ohio State University
  • Former Defensive Coordinator & Secondary Coach | University of Arkansas
  • Former Defensive Coordinator & Secondary Coach | University of Wisconsin
  • Former Defensive Backs Coach | Iowa State University

Photo of Richard Ashfield Richard Ashfield Skills Coach at USA Rugby

Photo of Jenna Blackstock Jenna Blackstock Sports Psychologist

  • AASP certified sport consultant
  • Master's degree in sport and health psychology from Adler University
  • She works with a wide range of athletes from Team USA triathletes to high school volleyball teams
  • Her methods equip athletes with the mental tools necessary to help them perform at the peak of their ability

Simon Broughton

Photo of Chris Brown Chris Brown Mens USA 7’s Assistant Coach

Photo of Jamie Burke Jamie Burke USA Eagles


  • Women’s Eagles debut in 2004
  • Captained the national team at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010
  • 2014 World Cup in France marked Burke’s third appearance in the pinnacle event of women’s rugby


  • Undertaking Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire
  • Plays in the USA Rugby Women’s Premier League for the Glendale Raptors


  • Began playing rugby at the University of Virginia
  • After graduating, she played with D.C. Furies, Berkeley All Blues, Beantown, and Raleigh Venom

Photo of Emilie Bydwell Emilie Bydwell 2016 USA Olympic Team Leader


  • 2014 USA 15s Women’s World Cup Team
  • 2013 USA 7s Women’s World Cup Team
  • 2012 USA 7s National Champion Winner and Tournament MVP - San Diego Surfers


  • Atavus, Saracens, & Brown University


  • Atavus Rugby Program Developer with USA Rugby Academy
  • US Nationals 15s & 7s teams since 2007
  • IRB 15s World Cup in 2010
  • 2012: MVP National 7s Club Championship
  • Current Club: Saracens Rugby - England


  • Hometown: Montreal, Canada
  • Playing rugby since 2000
  • Brown University -Ice hockey and rugby while in school -Coached Brown women's rugby backs -2007: Collegiate Player of the Year -3 time All-American
  • Directed Beantown Rugby Tournament
  • Cofounded Boston Belles -(one of the 1st women's rugby 7s team in USA)

Joey Carbery

Photo of Colton Cariaga Colton Cariaga USA U-20’s Assistant Coach

  • USA U-20's Assistant Coach
  • Life University Assistant Coach - 2016 National Champions
  • Blackrock College Assistant Coach - 2014 Provincial Cup Champions
  • Former captain at Life University and 2x Collegiate All-American

Photo of Jeff Choate Jeff Choate Montana State Head Coach

  • Current UW Defensive Line Coach & Special Teams Coordinator | UW
  • Former Linebackers Coach & Special Teams Coordinator | University of Florida
  • Former Linebackers Coach | Washington State University
  • Former Assistant | Boise State

Photo of Martha Daines Martha Daines USA Women’s Coach

• Daines coached the U of M until 2007• Minnesota Valkyries until 2011• USA Rugby WCAA until 2014Current.• Assistant Coach of the Women’s National Team 15s

Photo of Kate Daley Kate Daley Penn State’s Women’s Rugby Head Coach

Tama Deane

Robbie Deans

Photo of Mel Denham Mel Denham Central Washington University Women’s Rugby Head Coach

Photo of Tony Diprose Tony Diprose Harlequins Academy Director & Defense Coach

  • Former British Lion (1997)
  • Former England Player (10 caps)

Photo of Farrah Douglas Farrah Douglas USA Girls High School All American Rugby Coach

Photo of Katie Dowty Katie Dowty Dartmouth Women’s Head Coach

Photo of Lauren Doyle Lauren Doyle USA Rugby Eagle

  • USA Olympian 2016
  • 2015 Pan American Games, silver
  • 2015 NACRA Sevens Championship, 1st
  • 2015-16 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series, 6th
  • 2014-15 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series, 5th

Photo of Justin Edralin Justin Edralin Data Analyst


  • Six years of collegiate football for the University of Regina
  • Captain the University of Regina - Rams
  • University of Regina Cougars 7s Roster 2009 - 2014
  • MVP University of Regina Cougars 7s 2014
  • Team Canada Camp 2015


  • ATAVUS Analyst
  • Member of ATAVUS All-Stars


  • Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Team Saskatchewan 15s Canada Summer Games 2009
  • Team Saskatchewan 7s Western Canada Summer Games 2007
  • Father coached in the Canadian Football League, the World League of American Football, and the NCAA.

Photo of Alex Ellig Alex Ellig S&C coach at MM7

Photo of Eugene Eloff Eugene Eloff Head Coach, Austin Huns

  • Former South African U19 Springboks Head Coach
  • Won two Junior World Cups as U19 Springboks Head Coach
  • Former Lions Coach (Super Rugby, Currie Cup)

Photo of James English James English Collegiate All-American Womens Attack coach

  • NYRC Women’s Head Coach

Photo of Nick Evans Nick Evans Atavus High Performance Coach & Regional Account Manager


  • 2014: National Champion Seattle Saracens
  • 2013: WP Club Rugby Super League - Maties
  • 2013: Northeast ODA
  • 2012: Collegiate All-Americans
  • 2008: Tennessee HS State Champion -Tournament MVP


  • Atavus, Seattle Saracens, University of Tennessee, & USA Rugby All-Americans


  • Seattle Saracens
  • Atavus - Coach
  • Atavus Regional Account Manager
  • Atavus All Stars


  • Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Has played rugby since 2007
  • Played Little League baseball for Italian national team
  • Played Football, Soccer and Rugby in high school -All-Conference in Soccer -State Champion/MVP in Rugby
  • University of Tennessee -BA in Supply Chain Management / Marketing -Vice President of UTRFC -Nationally ranked in 15s and 7s -Final Four appearance in 2012 -Collegiate All American (Ireland Tour)

Photo of Damien Fatongia Damien Fatongia Associate Director of Admissions

Photo of Aaron Fry Aaron Fry Regional Account Manager Midwest
Photo of Justin Goonan Justin Goonan USA U-20’s Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • USA U-20's Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Head Coach - Spring Hill College Men's & Women's Rugby
  • Head Coach - Spring Hill College Strength & Conditioning

Photo of Kellen Gordon Kellen Gordon Atavus Football Programming Coach


  • 2013-14 Club 7s National Champion
  • 2013-15 LVI 7s Champions
  • 2014 Elite City 7s Champion


  • Atavus, Seattle Saracens, Central Washington University, & Kent Crusaders


  • Seattle Saracens
  • Atavus Rugby - Youth Program Developer
  • Atavus Rugby Coach


  • Football Player
  • Red Cross Instructor
  • Boy Scout Camp Counselor
  • Kids Camp Councilor at CWU
  • High School Rugby
  • Central Washington University -BA in Philosophy/Religious Studies -Nationally ranked 15s team -2011: 7s team took 1st in The Las Vegas CRC Qualifier -4th as the only Division II team in the College Rugby Championships in Philadelphia -Played in New Zealand Canterbury Crusaders Academy
  • 2009-11: Pacific Coast Regional All-Star Team

Photo of Kelly Griffin Kelly Griffin USA 7s


  • USA 7s

Photo of Damon Huard Damon Huard UW Director of External Relations

  • Current Director of External Relations | University of Washington
  • 12 Year NFL Veteran | Bengals, Dolphins, Patriots, Chiefs & 49ers
  • 2x Super Bowl Champion | Patriots
  • 3 Year Starting QB | University of Washington

Photo of Tom Ingles Tom Ingles Football Coach

  • Current District Safety Coach | Kent School District
  • Member of the Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • 38 years as a high school coach | Puyallup & Kentwood
  • 3x State Championships

Photo of Alev Kelter Alev Kelter USA Olympic Team

  • 2015 Pan American Games, silver
  • 2015-16 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series, 6th
  • 2014-15 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series, 5th
  • 2015 NACRA Sevens Championship, 1st
Other Career Highlights
  • USA Women’s Ice hockey team
  • NCAA, D1 ice hockey and lacrosse

Photo of Ben Landry Ben Landry


  • 2013: USA Collegiate All-American New Zealand Tour
  • 2014: USA Collegiate All-American Domestic Tour
  • 2014: USA Men’s Americas’ Rugby Championship
  • 2015: Serevi Selects LVI Elite Bracket Championship


  • ATAVUS, USA Rugby, Seattle Saracens & Milwaukee Barbarians


  • Seattle Saracens
  • ATAVUS All Stars
  • ATAVUS – Coach
  • ATAVUS Regional Account Manager


  • Hometown- Pewaukee, Wisconsin
  • Has played rugby for 12 years
  • University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  • All-American Rugby Player
  • Milwaukee Barbarians Men’s Club DI

Scott Laurence

Photo of Carly Mackinnon Carly Mackinnon Atavus Social Media Manager & Youth Coach


  • 2014 WCAA West Camp Attendee
  • 2013 Women’s D II Collegiate National Champion
  • 2012 Women’s Club 7s Runner Up


  • Atavus, Seattle Saracens, Washington State University, & Kent Crusaders


  • Atavus -Social Media Manager
  • Atavus Youth Rugby Coach
  • Seattle Saracens


  • Hometown: Issaquah, Washington
  • Liberty High School - Washington -Kent Crusaders -(Nationally renowned team with 14 State Championships)
  • Washington State University - Sports Management
  • Played rugby for WSU from 2010-2013
  • DII Women's Collegiate National Champions in 2013
  • 3rd in the nation in 2012

Photo of Josh Macy Josh Macy Head Coach of AIC

Photo of Alex Magleby Alex Magleby USA Rugby Director of Performance

Photo of Greg McWilliams Greg McWilliams Atavus Curriculum Developer


  • Beating New Zealand as a coach at the Rugby World Cup in France 2014


  • Atavus, USA Rugby, Yale Rugby, & IRFU


  • Atavus Curriculum Developer
  • Yale Rugby
  • Men’s Collegiate All-Americans


  • From Leinster, Ireland
  • St. Michaels College
  • UCD
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • 2014 | Attack, Backs, & Skills Coach to the Irish Women’s National Team
  • 2010-14 | Leinster U19 Coach

Photo of Rex Norris Jr. Rex Norris Jr. Atavus Head of Football


  • Grew up in & around football with a father who coached in NFL and under Barry Switzer at Oklahoma
  • Helped build Kentwood High School Football into a perennial WA state powerhouse
  • Helped found & run Kent Crusaders Rugby Program for 23 years
  • Strong relationships throughout Football and Rugby at all levels

Photo of Tony Pacheco Tony Pacheco Director of Rugby, Men’s Head Coach, Men’s Collegiate All-American 7s Coach

Photo of Shawn Pittman Shawn Pittman Atavus High Performance Coach & Regional Account Manager


  • First Rugby cap against Uruguay 2008
  • Rugby World Cup 2011
  • Professional at London Welsh RFC


  • Atavus, Seattle Saracens, London Welsh RFC, & USA Rugby Eagles


  • Education Coordinator at Atavus
  • Assistant Forwards Coach Seattle Saracens
  • WA Logger Assistant Coach


  • From Bellingham WA
  • Chuckanut Bay U19 and Men's
  • USA U19, U20
  • Golden Gate, Bayside Sharks
  • NA4 West Team 2008
  • Debut for USA, November-2008
  • London Welsh RFC 2010-2012
  • Trinity College Dublin

Photo of William Rasileka William Rasileka Atavus High Performance Coach & Warehouse Manager


  • 2015 Division 1 Canadian League Cup Winner
  • 2013-15: National 7s Championship Winners
  • 2013-15: LVI 7’s Champions
  • 2013: Elite Cup Division 1 Final
  • Super League 15s Final 2012 & Semi-Final 2011
  • Atavus, Seattle Saracens, Fiji Rugby, & USA Rugby


  • Seattle Saracens - Player / Coach
  • Atavus - Youth Coach & High Performance Coach
  • Atavus - Warehouse Manager
  • Seattle University - Technical Coach
  • USA Rugby Academy - High Performance Coach
  • Central Washington University - Technical Coach
  • Bermuda Rugby Union Men’s National Team - Technical 7s Coach
  • Eastside Lions Varsity - Technical Coach


  • Captain of Digicel Fiji Barbarians -Played at Uruguay 7s -Team won in Brisbane Bula 7s Invitational in 2008
  • Redrock Rugby Club 7s
  • 2010: Malaysia - World XV vs Classic All Blacks
  • 2010: NS Wanders RC Super League 15s Champions
  • Maximuscle Rebles 7s Team Singapore 3x Champs
  • 2009: Fiji World Cup 7s
  • 2008 - 2009: Fiji National Team 7s -Wellington 7s, San Diego 7s,
  • 2008: Barbarians (Brisbane 7s) - Adelaide 7s
  • 2008: Suva (Digicel Cup Semi-finalist)
  • 2008: Dubai Men’s 7s (Drifters Team)
  • 2008-10: Lomaiviti (Escot Schield Semi-finalist)
  • 2008: Digicel Fiji Barbarians 7s
  • 2007: Marist (Suva RU Club games)
  • 2006: Fiji U21

Photo of Naima Reddick Naima Reddick

Photo of Dean Riddle Dean Riddle Seattle Seahawks Sports Scientist

Photo of Christy Ringgenberg Christy Ringgenberg USA 7s Eagle

Photo of Kittery Ruiz Kittery Ruiz USA Eagle & Glendale Raptors Women’s Head Coach

Wagner represented Glendale Raptors during the 2013 USA Rugby Women’s Premier League season. She is currently a Mathematics Content Specialist in Jefferson County Public Schools. Wagner was a member of the Women’s Eagles 2010 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Photo of Waisale Serevi Waisale Serevi King of 7s | World Rugby Hall of Fame


  • Fiji National Team 7s and 15s Player and 7s Coach
  • Inducted into Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee’s Hall of Fame
  • Lead Fiji to two Rugby 7s World Cup Championships


  • King of 7s
  • ATAVUS - Coach and Company Development


  • 1977: Started playing rugby at 10 years old
  • 1988: 1st International for Fiji
  • 1990-1992: 3 Melrose Cups at Hong Kong 7s
  • 1993-2005: 4 IRB World Cup 7s Tournaments
  • 1991-2003: 3 World Cup 15s Tournaments
  • Played for clubs in England, France, and Japan
  • Retired from international play in 2009
  • Co-founding Serevi Rugby ®
  • Rugby ambassador, coach, and community builder
  • Consults with top-tier collegiate programs, Seattle Saracens, Serevi coaching camps and Seattle Seahawks

Photo of Wil Snape Wil Snape USA Rugby Women’s All-American Head Coach

Photo of Brandon Sparks Brandon Sparks Head Coach, University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan head coach
  • Director of Rugby at Legacy Rugby Academy
  • Former Women's Collegiate All-American 7s head coach

Photo of Les Spellman Les Spellman USA Rugby Men’s 7s Speed Coach


  • NFL Combine Speed Specialist, USA Rugby speed coach, youth mentor/coach

Photo of Pete Steinberg Pete Steinberg USA 15s Head Coach

Photo of Andrew Suniula Andrew Suniula USA 15s Eagle

  • San Diego Breakers
  • CSM București
  • London Wasps (2013-2014)

Photo of Shalom Suniula Shalom Suniula USA 7s & 15s Eagle


  • USA Rugby Eagle - Rugby World Cup 2015
  • Representing USA Men’s 15s in the summer tests
  • Representing USA 7s RWC 2009 & 2013
  • 1st 15‘s Cap against Uruguay 2014


  • ATAVUS, Seattle Saracens, Souths Logan Magpies, & USA Rugby Eagles


  • Seattle Saracens
  • ATAVUS - Coach
  • ATAVUS Regional Account Manager
  • Plays Halfback for US National 7s & 15s Rugby


  • Hometown: Auckland, NZ
  • Kelson Boys’ High School
  • 2004: New Zealand Junior Kiwis Rugby League
  • South Logan Magpies in QLD Cup
  • 2011-12: IRB 7s World Series - Captain of Team

Photo of Kevin Swiryn Kevin Swiryn ATAVUS High Performance Coach


  • Football Scholarship to Saint Mary's '03.
  • 3x All-American at Saint Mary's
  • USA Eagle's 7s captain, USA 15s in the 2011 Rugby World Cup
  • Played for French Top 14 Pro team, Agen 2010-2012


  • Head Coach of UW Rugby and plays for the Seattle Saracens

Photo of Phillip Thiel Phillip Thiel USA Eagles


  • Won the 2008 Men’s Division I National Championship
  • Won first cap in 2009 versus Uruguay


  • Played one year of football at Saginaw Valley State University
  • Played football, wrestled and ran track in high school2
  • Played one year club rugby for the Traverse Bay Blues RFC

Photo of Matt Trouville Matt Trouville USA Eagles Rugby World Cup 2015


  • USA Eagles - Rugby World Cup 2015
  • Seattle Saracens


  • Atavus, USA Rugby, Seattle Saracens, & Australian Barbarians


  • Seattle Saracens
  • Atavus Rugby - Program Development
  • Atavus Regional Sales Manager


  • Hometown: Cronulla, Sydney AUS
  • Has played rugby since 1992
  • Enjoys surfing and the outdoors
  • 2013 USA National Falcon Squad (player)
  • Australian Barbarians
  • Southern District Rugby Club
  • NSW Waratahs Academy
  • ACT Brumbies Academy
  • Australian College of Physical Education

Photo of Kittery Wagner Kittery Wagner USA Rugby Eagle

Photo of Richie Walker Richie Walker USA Women’s 7s Head Coach


  • Former USA Men's 7s assistant coach
  • Former USA Women’s 7s assistant coach


  • USA Women's 15s skills coach
  • USA Women's 7s head coach

Photo of Dave Williams Dave Williams Denver Pro Rugby Backs Coach

  • Denver Pro Rugby Backs Coach
  • Former USA Rugby Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Group Rates

  • 5 athletes = 10% Discount

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