“We are very excited to have Kathy take over the reins of the program,” said Kerri Heffernan, the former coach of the program. “Kathy is arguably the finest rugby coach in the country and brings with her an astonishing legacy of success. It’s a real testament to the program and the players that we can attract a coach of her caliber.”
Kathy brings years of national and international experience to Brown. She was the Head Coach of the US Women’s National team coach 2002 – 2010 as well as the head coach of the US Women’s World Cup in 2002, 2006, and 2010. Furthermore, she is the only woman ever to lead a World Cup team.
Currently, Kathy is the Head Coach of the Berkley All Blues, a women’s premier league team. She has coached the All Blues for 16 years during which time the team has won 15 national championships and 54 players have been named to US team.
In addition to her work with the All Blues Kathy coaches the San Francisco Fog, a Division II men’s team (2004-present). Recently in 2011, she took over the fledgling program at the University of San Francisco, a Division III women’s team. Under her leadership the team transformed from mediocre to spectacular, winning the Division III northern California
In 2000 the Women’s Sports Foundation honored Kathy as coach of the year and in 2003 the International Rugby Board named her as ‘personality of the year’; Kathy is the first woman to receive this distinguished award.
In addition to her vast experience as a coach, Kathy had a long and distinguished career as a player. She captained the US Women to the 1992 World Cup Championship and held numerous captainships for the US playing both #8 and scrumhalf.
While still classified as a club sport, Brown Women Rugby Football Club continues to make a powerful case to the administration requesting the elevation to varsity status. The Brown team is the favorite for the Ivy title this year and will likely make another run at the national championship with Kathy’s expertise and guidance. When Kathy takes the Brown field for the first time this September, she will have the full support of players, alumnae, parents, faculty and staff.