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Notre Dame College has expanded the role of Jason Fox, Director of Men’s Rugby to include overseeing the transition of coaching for the women’s team. Luke Markovich, who has played an active role in the men’s 7s success in recent years has been appointed the Women’s head 15s coach.
Since Fox took over several years ago, the Falcons have steadily made progress as a program. As perennial playoff contenders in DII and DIAA, NDC has been building. The Falcons barely missed out on a place in the Penn Mutual CRC last year and were runner’s up in DIAA. This year, however, the Falcons took home the DIAA fall championship and will move to DIA in the Rugby East Conference.
While the women’s program has enjoyed a lot of success recently, the university tabbed Fox with the additional responsibilities to align the men’s and women’s programs.
"We want to develop the same culture that we have with the men’s team of personal responsibility of being at every practice or you don’t play, respect, and discipline,” said Fox.
Markovich will continue to work with the men's sevens team but will also be tasked with overseeing the women’s program. Although he was originally hired as the interim coach, the tag was removed today, making him the next full-time NDC coach.
“I think he is going to do a brilliant job. He has done a great job with the men. I think he is going to do an awesome job developing the culture with the women,” Fox said of Markovich.
Markovich, who played under Fox at St. Edward High Sschool, said his focus is to build on the success they have already had, but at the same time putting an emphasis on the culture of the program.
“The girls will be held to a high standard of discipline in the classroom and on the field,” Markovich told Rugby Today. “I am very excited to take this challenge and instill a legacy of pride and success with the women’s program at NDC.”
Markovich assumed the duties already and will be navigate the Falcons through the women’s DI playoffs in the coming weeks.