The 2013 season marks Coach Dan Payne’s fourth year as Director of Life Rugby. Payne manages all four teams that make up LIFE’s prestigious rugby program: Undergrad Varsity, Junior Varsity, Men’s Club and Rugby Sevens.
After serving as an assistant coach for the US Men’s National Team for the three years building up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, new U.S. Head Coach Mike Tolkin recently named Payne to his current staff as the Forwards coach.
Coach Payne is looking forward to building on last year’s success, where the undergrad team won a national title in sevens and represented Life University on NBC television in June. Both the undergrad and Men’s 15’s teams lost in the semi finals of their respective national tournaments to the eventual champion. The program finished with a record of 62-5 amongst all matches in which they competed during the 2011-12 season.
“The work and energy put forth by our student-athletes inspires me daily. Looking forward to the coming year we can be proud of what we achieved on the left side of our W/L column recently. However, it’s reducing the number to the right and increasing that to the left that gets each and every member of our program out of bed with purpose every day! We strive for continuous improvement in all aspects each year. I am excited about the coming year and looking forward to working along side our student-athletes, our alumni, fans and family members. With the tremendous support we receive from our university we aim to reach even greater heights in 2013. We won’t shy away from our overall goal. We want to be the # 1 overall rugby program in the United States, in terms of developing players for elite level rugby.
To accomplish this we need to continue to compete at multiple levels, and grow and develop our talented student-athletes. It’s a combined effort by all involved…. university, alumni, students, family and fans. Together WE can and WILL achieve the goals set forth.”