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Cabrera Moves into Women’s Head Coaching Role at ARPTC

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., American Rugby Pro Training Center announced today that Laura Cabrera, longtime coach and former national team athlete in both sevens and 15s, will be moving into the Women’s Head Coaching role at the Little Rock training center. Cabrera has been with the program since it’s inception, serving as
Assistant Coach during the program’s 2015 USA Rugby National 7s Club Championship win, as well as Staff Coach and physiotherapist in previous seasons.

Cabrera competed as a USA Rugby Eagle from 1996-2006. She was also a wing for the National Champion Berkeley All Blues, led by former USA Rugby National 15s team coach, Kathy Flores. From 2006-2013 Cabrera served as head coach of the Berkeley All Blues Club sevens side—three-time winner of the USA Rugby National Women's Club Sevens Championship.

"I am so grateful to be asked to coach elite rugby players in such a supportive atmosphere, “ said Cabrera. "ARPTC develops players, not only making them better passers, tacklers, and runners, but better decision makers on the field. I am honored to be a part of that."

With the change, Coach Jules McCoy will be transitioning into the Director of Rugby role for all ARPTC Programs. McCoy will be focusing on coaching and developing staff as well as continuing to serve as head coach of the men’s program.

“I will take on a supportive role, assist with culture and programmatic ideas, and be an advocate for our coaching staff,” said McCoy. “I plan to share my head coaching experience, both my successes and failures, with our coaches to help them manage their teams on and off the field".

The women’s program at ARPTC has found consistent success as the first rugby academy created for women only. As Head Coach, McCoy led the team to a National Championship title in 2015. Coach Ellie Karvoski stepped into the role in 2016 and the team finished third at the tournament. With Coach Cabrera’s long history of results, McCoy is confident she will carry on a tradition of success for the program.

"Coach Cabrera will do whatever it takes to help get our players results as a team,” said McCoy. “She has been a player and a coach on many winning teams, and knows how to create a culture for player development, and results."

ARPTC staff are currently accepting applications for an upcoming High Performance camp which will determine tryouts for the National Championship caliber sevens team to compete during summer 2017. Interested athletes should email Jules.mccoy@americanrugbypro.com for more information.

About American Rugby Pro Training Center

The American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC) is an official USA Rugby National Development Academy located in Little Rock, Arkansas.  ARPTC's goal is to progress the sport of rugby sevens by developing top performing male and female athletes through unique player-centric seminars, camps and residency programs. The organization is focused on preparing athletes to consistently perform at a high level by providing the means, support, and advocacy necessary to advance them to the international stage. 

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