VANCOUVER, BC – The UBC Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce the hiring of Dave Brown as the Manager of Rugby. The newly funded position will be responsible for the overall management and coordination of both the UBC men’s and women’s programs, with the goal of establishing UBC rugby as the top university rugby program in North America.
Most recently Brown spent the past nine years as Development Director and BC Provincial Coach for the BC Rugby Union. He was responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of high performance programming for all rugby athletes and coaches in the province. He also has experience working with a number of national sport organizations, including the Canadian Sports Institute.
“The UBC program has developed enormously over the last three or four years, especially since Spence McTavish brought in a couple of young coaches in Rameses Langston and Curry Hitchborn”, said Brown. “I am excited to take on a leadership role in working to help UBC Rugby reach its goal of being the most outstanding University rugby program in North America.”
Brown holds his level 3 National Coaching Certification and is currently working towards his level 4 certification. He has a Bachelor of Physical Education from Loughborough University in England, a Master of Science in Physical Education from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a PhD in Physical Education from the University of Alberta.
“Our overall goals are focused on the continued growth of our players as individuals and scholars as well as performance enhancement as rugby players through the improvement of core technical skills, tactical game understanding and individual strength and conditioning,” said Brown. “As well we need to continue to engage with our alumni to help bring in more funding which is important to the continuation of the program.”
This new role will also focus on ways to develop the women’s program which currently plays in the CIS. He is no stranger to the women’s game having been head coach of the Canadian Women’s National Team, leading them to the first ever Women’s World Cup back in 1991.
“I’d like to expand the program,” said Brown. “If we are going to develop our women’s team we need to have them play together all year long. You can’t just train for six weeks, play a four-game regular season schedule, and then go away for eight months and expect to see improvement when they comeback the next season. We need to look seriously at finding ways of keeping our players together throughout the year, rather them having them disperse at Christmas.”
Brown played at Loughborough University alongside Sir Clive Woodward, who led England to the 2003 World Cup Championship.