Donna Thomas, Rugby Coach: Donna took the Little Rock Men’s Rugby team to the top 32 in 2013, the D2 final four in 2014 and continue to grow the club and working toward a D2 Championship for 2015.
Originally a college basketball player, the transition to rugby was an easy one. Selected, but did not play, for the USA U23 team in 2000. Made the USA 7’s squad (San Diego) 2008. Earned a nod to the top 20 pool for World Cup 2009, but withdrew due to injury. Thomas continued to play rugby until moving onto coaching in 2013.
Lisa Rosen, Technical Analyst and Coach: Lisa Rosen brings an array of coaching, education, and technical expertise to the ARPTC team. Lisa was the Head Coach of the 2010 USA Rugby Collegiate All American Women, and served as an Assistant Coach to the USA U19, U23, USA-A, and Combined Armed Services Women's programs.
Lisa has served as head coach with great success for Temple University, the Mid-Atlantic Under 23 All Stars, the Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club, the Glendale Raptors, the West Women's All Stars, and the United States Air Force Academy. Rosen served several years as a technical analyst for the USA Rugby Women's National 15s team, and has provided Technical and Game Analysis services to the USA Olympic Women's 7s team as well. Lisa currently works with USA Rugby and the International Rugby Board as a Coach Educator, Reviewer, and Trainer, delivering a variety of coach development programs nationwide.
Laura Cabrera PT, COMT - Licensed Physical Therapist and Ex-International Rugby Player. Laura specializes in training individuals in performance enhancement, injury prevention and restoring functional ability. As a physical therapist, she rehabilitates people at all levels of function from world cup athletes to chronic pain sufferers. As an ex-international athlete, she coaches rugby with a focus on injury prevention and proper body mechanics in running, cutting, and tackling. Her knowledge of biomechanics and injury prevention has led to 6 National Championships.
Laura never stops learning and can frequently be found studying from the masters of Biomechanics, Movement Science and Manual Therapy. She feels that the majority of injuries are preventable and that pain is a product of poor movement techniques and/or poor tissue quality. She believes that with the proper education, biomechanical training, and hands-on treatment that anyone can, not only enhance their athletic performance, but also return to their pre-injured state and continue to enjoy an athletic career for years to come.
Sean Ross, Strength and Conditioning Coach: Sean has written and lectured both nationally and internationally in the field of strength and conditioning. Owner of Ross Strength and Speed in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sean has coached thousands of athletes in all areas of sports including the USA Women's 7s (National Team), UFC, and college and high school individuals and teams.
Education and Certifications
Christian Brothers High School, University of Central Arkansas BS, Licensed Occupational Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Certified Coach, Precision Nutrition Certified, Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Certified, completed mentorships with Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, EXOS (formerly Athlete's Performance), and Functional Training Ireland.
Ellie Karvoski, Associate Strength and Conditioning and Staff Coach: Ellie brings experience to the ARPTC as a former USA player and as a coach. Ellie competed as a key member of the U.S. National Rugby Team for 15s and 7s (2002-09). She played on the 2002 (Barcelona), 2006 (Canada), 2009 (Dubai) U.S. Women’s Rugby World Cup Teams and various other international tournaments. She was named to the 2006 All-World Women’s Rugby Team and was a Northeast Regional All-Star Rugby Most Valuable Player in 2002 and 2005.
Ellie also brings a unique perspective to the ARPTC as she was a cross-over athlete where she was previously a member of the USA National Field Hockey Team and a standout defender at Northwestern University. Ellie has had various coaching experiences with rugby along with a coaching career as an Assistant Field Hockey Coach at a D1 College, Hofstra University, and as the inaugural Head Field Hockey Coach of Hendrix College where she also took on the role of a strength and conditioning coach for her team.
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Women’s Select Side, 1998-2002 Head Coach West 7s, 2002-2006 Head Coach U23 15s, 1999-2001 (started program) USA National 15s Assistant Coach (Defense Specialist),2002-2004 (Head, Kathy Flores) USA National 7s Assistant Coach, 2005 (Head, Emil Signes) USA National 7s Head Coach, 2006-2009 Little Rock Men’s Club 7s Head Coach, 2009-present Little Rock Men’s Club 15s Coach, 2010 South Men’s 7s Regional Select Side Coach, 2010-present Olympic Development Coach/Recruiter, USA 7s Women, 2013-present Tiger Rugby 7s Staff Coach Atlantis Rugby Staff Coach Footwork Camp Specialty Clinics, Head Coach Coaching Accomplishments: Dubai 7s Champions, 2006 USA 7s Champions, 2006, 2008, 2009 Hong Kong 7s Champions, 2008 World Cup 2009, 4th place finish TOLA Men’s 7s Champion, 2010 NACRA Bowl Champion, 2011, South Men’s 7s Cape Fear Champions, 2012, South Men’s 7s
Mattison Grey M. Ed. MCC (IAC): Mattison Grey M. Ed. MCC (IAC) is a business and leadership coach and consultant, professional speaker and author of The Motivation Myth. In 2004 Mattison established a high performance coaching and consulting business where she has worked with entrepreneurs, athletes, paramilitary organizations and all size companies to improve individual and team performance. Mattison is fascinated by the gap between high performers and low performers and what it takes to go from mediocre to masterful in a chosen endeavor. Her simple yet powerful tools and innovative approach to performance improvement have made her a valuable resource for high performers and high performers who aren’t performing highly in both business and athletics.
Her clients enjoy her contrarian views and her courage to be provocative in a way that challenges the status quo. Mattison began her career in the strength and
conditioning arena, that phase of her career culminating in six years as the Physical Fitness and Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Houston Police Academy. While at the police academy Mattison honed her coaching skills in high performing environments.
She is a Certified Professional Business Coach, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Rugby Level One Certified Coach and a Level One Crossfit Certified Coach. Mattison is a former NCAA Division I athlete and attended the University of Iowa on a swimming scholarship. After college Mattison was looking for a new competitive outlet and found Women’s Rugby. She quickly rose through the ranks landing one step away from the USA National Team before retiring to raise a family. In 2006 Mattison took up the sport of Touch Rugby, where she has competed in numerous national championships and was selected to the USA Touch World Cup Squad in 2008.
Dr. Julia (Jules) McCoy, Head Coach Dr. Julia McCoy, MD , the ARPTC Founder and Director of Rugby has a stories career as a player and coach. Dr. McCoy has developed a unique player centric program which will provide a platform for players of all levels to make progress in achieving their rugby goals.
Here are the highlights of her playing and coaching achievements:1996-1998 USA 7s National Team, 1998 Rugby- Coach Experience Club side Player/Coach, Little Rock Women, 15s and 7s, 1994-2004 Assistant 15s Coach West Women’s Select Side, 1997 Head Coach 15's, West
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