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Friday prepping his team ahead of Hong Kong. Martin Seras Lima photo

Added to the docket for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship weekend this year is a collegiate rugby seminar titled, “Program Building & Growing Stakeholders”. Held 1 p.m. ET Friday, May 29 at the tournament hotel, it’s free for all college coaches and administrators, and all who sign up receive a free two-day pass to the CRC.

The seminar is split into four distinct modules, with some of the best coaches and administrators in the country participating. United World Sports Executive Vice President and former Eagle and Premiership pro Dan Lyle, along with presenting sponsor Penn Mutual’s Tom Harris, will deliver the opening remarks.

“We have a great sponsor in Penn Mutual that this first year kind of inspired us to not only put on a great event but educate and do some things we wouldn’t normally do,” said Lyle.

“I’ve been personally on this crusade for a long time and created the first college coaches association back when I was at USA Rugby in 2004, putting on a similar conference. I believe wholeheartedly in the stakeholders coming together and communicating and collaborating and creating a best practice strategy.”

Clemson head coach Justin Hickey, Quinnipiac women’s head coach Becky Carlson, BYU head coach David Smyth and UCLA head coach Scott Stewart will talk about program building and the different paths and challenges for different sorts of college programs – start-ups, varsity and hybrid.

Life University coach and former U20s head man Scott Lawrence, former overseas pro and current Dartmouth and All American coach Gavin Hickie, and American International College director of rugby Josh Macy will discuss balancing technical improvements with navigating the needs of an evolving program.

USA 7s head coach Mike Friday, his assistant Phil Greening and current Cal coach and former USA 15s and 7s head coach Tom Billups will present on team culture and its role in building a successful program.

Talking about how rugby does and doesn’t fit into the intercollegiate athletic landscape are UCLA head of club sports Brian Smith, Navy assistant athletic director Rob Dunn, Life athletic director Dan Payne, Arkansas State director of student affairs Matt Huckaby, and Texas A&M professor Craig Coates.

“We tried to get an NCAA women’s perspective, a club perspective that’s never going to change, a varsity perspective, not just female but male and why and how does that exist,” Lyle said on the varied dais. “It’s about the variety of the programs and having a lot of different voices, and also it’s about guys that have had success at those levels.