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Friday, November 4, 2016

Canterbury Red River Interviews: TCU

Our partners Canterbury have conducted a set of interviews with the teams of the Red River Conference.

Tell us about your rugby program? Including  a Brief History

2016 marks the 20th year for TCU Rugby as a club here on Campus.  As a small Private University of @8,000 students we have worked tirelessly to find out place on campus.  Our goal is to be the most successful club on campus both on and off the playing field.  We are the longest tenured program at TCU and the only program that has maintained a full time head coach for the last 10 years.

On the field, our goal is to be the best rugby program in the Red River Conference!  We are not there yet but as we build each year, we will continue to keep our eye on the prize!

Tell us about  your rugby programs coaches? Background & time in the role

Head Coach – TeShay Flowers

Started playing Rugby at age 16 in Northern California at Bishop O’Dowd High School in 1991.  Moved to Texas for College and started playing Men’s Club Rugby in 1992. Continued playing for the next 20 years for various clubs in North Texas (Maverick Rugby and Ft Worth Rugby)

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Rugby Accomplishments/Accolades:
- Texas Select Collegiate Rugby
- Western Territory Collegiate Rugby
- Texas Select Men’s Rugby
- 2000 DII National Champions (Ft Worth)
- 2012 Maverick Rugby Hall Fame Inductee

Coaching Experience:
- XVs Assistant Coach, Ft Worth Rugby Club 2011-2013
- VIIs Head Coach, Ft Worth 2011-2015
- VIIs Head Coach, TCU 2012
- XVs and VII’s, Head Coach, TCU 2013-present

Karl Grassl Assistant coach for New Player development
- Began playing rugby in college in 1980 and played until 2008 in New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia and Texas.
- Member of Texas Rugby Referee Association since 2008.
- Assistant Coach at TCU since 2012

John Paul Rodriguez Assistant Coach Forwards Coach
- Played 10 years with Fort Worth Rugby Club
- Currently paying for Dallas Rugby Club  DI Men’s program
- Bonobo Rugby 7’s for 4 years
- Assistant coach at TCU for 3 years

What are your goals & expectations for the season?

We are in the middle of some major turnover, so this season will once again be about creating the right culture to be successful.  We graduated our best player and team leader and will need for some of our younger players to really step up. We lost a lot size compared to previous teams but we have definitely made up for it with fitness and heart.  2 things that have been lacking in the past.

Our goals/expectations for this coming season is to continue are progression towards the top of the table.  Last year we were able to take some steps in terms of level of competitiveness.  Now we need to kick the door down and be counted.  I fully expect us to be in the mix when the conference is decided!

Who are some key players in your program to keep an eye on?

We have quite a few talented players returning along with some very promising recruits. Our success this year will depend on some of these young players really stepping up and making a difference

The heart of our team is Senior Captain Zach Trigg.  From there we have a trio of very exciting players that I am anticipating having a huge impact.  Juniors Nick Larsen and Isidro Lopez along with a few exciting Fresmen, Liam Flanagan and Ryan Gochnour!

Who is your biggest rival and / or a must win game in your opinion?

We don’t like any of the teams in our conference!  Let’s make that clear.  But the top of the list is definitely Baylor.   This rivalry remains the same across all sports at TCU.  On the pitch it has been pretty one sided as Baylor has put us to the sword every year that I have been the coach.   Hopefully there is a different narrative this season!

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