Atavus Academy Women’s Summer Block

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Overview:

The Atavus Academy is a rugby training program designed to support, guide, and push aspiring athletes to play at their highest level possible through individualized programming delivered in a competitive environment.

Each session is focused towards speed, on-foot conditioning, or body combat programming combined with rugby-specific skills. Session delivery will be tailored to the group and driven by performance and athlete needs.

 

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If you have further questions and/or need more information, please contact Atavus Academy Lead Michaela Staniford.

Coaches

Our expert coaching staff have played at the highest levels of the game and now coach at the national level to impart their knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience to the next generation of aspiring players.

Photo of Emilie Bydwell Emilie Bydwell 2016 USA Olympic Team Leader

Highlights

  • 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

Affiliations

  • Atavus, Saracens, & Brown University

Current

  • 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

Beginnings

  • 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)

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

Highlights

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

Affiliations

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

Current

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

Beginnings

  • 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 Michaela Staniford Michaela Staniford Atavus High Performance Coach

Highlights

  • 2012 World Rugby Female Player of The Year

Affiliations

  • Atavus, England Rugby, GHSAA

Current

  • Atavus High Performance Coach
  • Seattle Atavus Academy Lead
  • Girls High School All-Americans Assistant Coach

Beginnings

  • London Wasps
  • 72 World Series Matches
  • 60 Senior England Caps
  • 2005 First England Cap

Strength & Conditioning

Train on the official Atavus Rugby Strength Training program.

To support on-field sessions, Atavus Academy athletes will get a Volt Athletics membership. Volt provides our Atavus Rugby Strength Training programming on their interactive app and online platform. Each workout is laid out and tells you exactly what to do in the weight room to train correctly and meet the demands of the game.

Delivery of the strength and conditioning programming will be tailored to both the individual and group needs depending on the period of the season we are in.

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