BC Rugby Appoints New Senior Manager for Rugby Growth and Development

Tony LaCarte has been selected to take over the role at the start of September, following the departure of his predecessor, Dean Murten.

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Tony LaCarte watching the BC U18 Boys' Sevens Team warming up ahead of their Championship Final against Ontario during this year's HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament
 BC Rugby is pleased to formally announce the appointment of Tony LaCarte to the role of Senior Manager, Rugby Growth & Development.  Tony will assume the position following the departure of his predecessor, Dean Murten, and will commence the role next week on the run-up to the beginning of the 2018/19 Fall season.

The role will see LaCarte involved in a wide array of development areas in the sport of Rugby, including spearheading the Premier Initiative, Provincial Representative Team Programs and High Performance Academy, supporting the Rugby Development Officers (RDOs) and Officials Development Officer in their work with rugby community in BC and working to provide better training opportunities for coaches across the Province to help grassroots rugby thrive.

Speaking with LaCarte last week, he laid out three key priorities as he takes over the role:

  • Building a strong Rep Team program for 2019
  • Working with regions to develop infrastructure and robust pathways for player development
  • Working with clubs across the Province to improve the quality of Senior and Junior Rugby, as well as ensuring RDO’s continue to strengthen working relationships.

“I’m excited to get started in the role,” said LaCarte, “getting out there and engaging with the people in our province who want to grow and develop the game of Rugby”.  Unfazed by the scope and scale of his undertaking, LaCarte enthusiastically talked about the opportunities the role represented.  He took a lot of time to reinforce the importance of developing coaching expertise at all levels of the game, ensuring that players are getting the best input possible to build their game.  Player development was also high on his agenda, across the age-range, reiterating the necessity to have a clear and supportive player pathway in place, in order to deliver top quality athletes into National Team Programs.  “I want our Provincial Programs, Junior and Senior, male and female, to be the strongest in the country.  Ultimately our goal in this department is to develop world-class players and I think we have real potential to take another step in our execution of this”.

Coaching was another topic that cropped up in conversation, with LaCarte keen to push the support available for those who guide, shape and mould the players on the field.  “We should be providing more resources to our coaches who want to get better.  If we do that, we can continue to raise the level of coaching throughout the rugby community, which benefits everyone.”

Reflecting on his time working with Dean Murten, who stepped down from the role this week, LaCarte was full of praise.  “It has been great working with Dean. He has shown real leadership of Provincial rugby and staff.  He was always there to provide a guiding hand, but gave the staff the autonomy to go out and get the job done. He was always pushing for more focus on rugby and I look forward to building on his good work.”

LaCarte’s appointment to this new role leaves behind a vacancy for his previous position of Rugby Development Officer for Vancouver Island and Head of Elite Youth Sevens Boys’ Program.  Job descriptions for these roles will be made available in the following weeks.  For anyone in the BC Rugby community keen on applying for either, keep checking the Careers page on the BC Rugby website or stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter channels.

Image: Tony LaCarte and Damian McGrath discussing future Rugby Sevens talent during a training weekend for the BC Elite Youth Sevens Program

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