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Mike Coughlin to start a new U19 program in Dublin

By Rugby Ohio, 01/14/15, 12:30PM EST

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Coach Coughlin (Top Left) after winning the 2012 Rugby Sevens State Championship

Coach Coughlin (Top Left) after winning the 2012 Rugby Sevens State Championship

Rugby Ohio would like to announce the formation of a new community based U19 high school boys rugby team in Dublin, Ohio. This team will be formed with student athletes from all three local Dublin high schools and will compete in a state-wide competition that will begin play in March of 2015. With Dublin's historical track record with top level high school athletics, and this being an emerging Olympic sport that will debut in the 2016 Olympic games, we feel that this program will have a very successful first year and future.  

Heading up this new program will be Michael Coughlin who has been involved with rugby in Ohio for 14 years now. Coach Coughlin started playing rugby at St Edward High School in Cleveland before continuing his playing career at Miami University and as a member of the All-Ohio U23 team. Michael started coaching as an assistant with Hilliard (then known as Tri-Village) in 2009 and helped that team to a 2nd place finish as an assistant coach in the D2 State Championship. He would then head up an Upper Arlington team in 2012 and lead them to a Rugby Sevens State Championship before joining the Ohio State staff as an assistant backs coach the following year. Coughlin looks to join the Dublin community as a head coach who emphasizes the true spirit of "student-athlete" -- academics first. He looks to begin a high-performance program that teaches the players the value of a strong work ethic and sense of commitment, a goal-oriented mentality, and the importance of teamwork.

Dublin is also looking at starting a middle school rugby team this year as well and is currently looking for coaches for the spring season. Once we have more information on that team we will update this post.

If you are interested in joining the team please contact Coach Coughlin at DublinRugby@rugbyohio.com