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Jacksonville Youth Rugby Club: Respect, Integrity, Fair Play and Community through Rugby

Developing Youth through Rugby

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Meet Our Staff

We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth Rugby experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.

Aaron Carter

Director 
 

Aaron was introduced to Rugby several years ago but didn't get involved until his nephew asked about playing. With the closest youth club a few hours away, Aaron realized that by creating a local club it would give more kids the option to play. Aaron recently obtained his Level 200 Coaching certificate and is excited to see the club grow! 

Tracey O'Brien 

Club Administrator
 

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Jen Joyce

Girl's Rugby Recruitment and Development
 

 Jennifer Joyce, originally hailing from the great state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, began playing rugby her senior year at Florida Gulf Coast University. As a founding member of the team, she served as the teams first President for two seasons. Jenn began playing prop and hooker, and currently plays for Jacksonville Women's Rugby Club. Jenn's favorite rugby memory is playing an exhibition game during the 2012 USA Rugby Women's Championship and watching Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016. Jenn is excited to grow the game of rugby and work with Jacksonville youth rugby, especially the youngest players, who she affectionally calls "nuggets." Jenn currently works on recruiting youth girl players, and believes everyone should try rugby at least once. 

Bob Knoepfel

Contact Rugby Development
 

Bob grew up in Jacksonville, playing tennis, running cross country and racing bicycles; it wasn’t until his junior year at Auburn University that he began playing rugby.  With an endurance sport background, it was a tough transition into a contact sport, but with a solid set of teammates and hrs in the gym, success came slowly.  After Auburn University, Bob moved to San Diego on a whim and played 3 seasons for Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) before he made his way back to Jacksonville and played his last 8 years for the Jacksonville Rugby Club.  Along the way, Bob was selected to play for the All-Florida team, as well as the South and Southern Cal all-star teams.  In 2006, Bob was played for the Jacksonville Axemen in their inaugural year, and over the next 5 seasons, won a national championship and played for the US national team twice.  More recently, Bob has obtained his level 200 coaching certification and taken on the role of our contact skills program development. Bob has been an integral part of rugby at all levels in Jacksonville and says he looks forward to helping the game grow in Jacksonville.

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