Founded in 2017, Baton Rouge area youth rugby introduces youth in Kindergarten through High School to the game of Rugby. Our goal is to shape our Warriors into leaders on and off the field through communication and teamwork. On the pitch youth will learn the basic skills of ball handling, agility, and the rules to play rugby. They will be instructed by certified coaches who have experience first-hand playing rugby.
We always welcome new players; GIRLS and BOYS!
Meet our Coaches
Originally from the heartland, Coach Teresa played and coached many sports from soccer to basketball.
She began playing rugby her senior year of high school for the Lincoln City Women's Rugby Club as hooker and wing, then she played three years for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as scrumhalf and wing. After graduating in 2006 with a B.A. in International Studies and minors in Political Science, English and Asian Studies, she moved to Louisiana and obtained a M.S. in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management from the University of New Orleans. She became the Director of the Baton Rouge area Youth Rugby and Louisiana Rugby Association Youth Development Officer (Baton Rouge area) in 2018. She works part-time in the Experiential Marketing Field and is a fulltime mom to 2 daughters and 2 sons, all under the age of 8.
Her passion is to empower youth through rugby; in leadership, communication, and teamwork.
Coach Johnny has been coaching in youth sports for 15 years. His thoughts on the game of rugby really say it all.
Why do I love rugby? I believe it is the best experience, not just sport, to build self confidence, communication and a sense of belonging. When I retired from the military I was looking for the same type of team that I had experienced on submarines. I found that in the game of rugby. In rugby, you cannot survive on your talent alone, it takes the entire team.
Why should you and your child learn the game of rugby? First, it's a sport that has a place for everyone. Other sports require that you are skilled or gifted in an area to excel. Rugby depends on support of your teammates. Second, it is non-stop and everyone get to touch to ball, be involved in the play. This increases the "fun factor" and gets kids moving. Lastly, the confidence built in the children is undeniable. The reason for it is a combination of the reasons listed above. You don't have to be the fastest, strongest or tallest to help your team win. We see so many shy kids come out and shine at rugby.
Dr. Chris Riedel
Coach Chris first started playing rugby in Upstate New York at Geneseo University.
While in New York he also played for the Western New York U19 All-Star Team "The Angry Beavers". After graduating with a Psychology degree he moved to Houston to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. During his time in Houston, he played for the Bay Area Rugby Club and the South Texas Select Prickly Pears. After finishing Chiropractic School and attaining his Masters in Exercise Science he moved to Baton Rouge to start his practice. His favorite position is Outside Center, but his teams always made him play Fly-Half. Unable to stay away from the sport he loves, he started coaching with Baton Rouge Youth Rugby in 2018. Coach Chris has a thorough knowledge of Sports Injuries as well as a level 200 USA Rugby coaching certification helping him coach the Middle School and High School players.
Andre’ “Ponch” Brock
Coach Ponch insisted we list him like he was still on the active roster.
With a decade of experience as a player Coach Ponch has joined the Baton Rouge Youth Rugby Club as a coach for the 2020 season. He is a father of three and committed to growing the game or rugby in Louisiana.
- 6'1" 200 lbs.
- LSU RFC 1996-2000; littlest lock
- BR RFC 2001-2005; flanker
Coach Young is new to the sport of rugby, but not to coaching.
His prior experience in coaching includes both real world coaching in youth sports and graduate coursework in athletic coaching while at University of Florida.
Rugby provides more than just the opportunity to undertake vigorous exercise; it is a sport with values that develop players within a social and moral context.