Coach mcwilliams on usa national team  duty, summer 2018

Coach mcwilliams on usa national team  duty, summer 2018

Greg McWilliams - Director of Rugby / Men's Head Coach: greg.mcwilliams@yale.edu / +1 203.909.2458.          

From the province of Leinster in Ireland, Greg was educated at St Michael's College, UCD, PCD & Trinity College Dublin, holding a head coach's (stage 4) accreditation from the I.R.F.U and a Level 300 badge by USA Rugby. Before joining Yale Rugby in August 2014, Greg was a business and geography teacher for 13 years. As a player, Greg represented Ireland at Collegiate level and was a club captain in the All Ireland Mens league as a 19 year old in 1998.

Greg coached the Irish Women's National side at the Women's Rugby World Cup in London 2010 and France 2014 (The team defeated New Zealand on their way to their highest ranked finish). In 2013 the Irish Women's Side won the 6 Nations Championship for the 1st in the countries history, winning the Grand Slam.  Coach of the Leinster Under 19's Men's squad from 2010-2014, USA Men's Collegiate All Americans coach May 2015-2017. In October of 2017, Greg was appointed USA Men's National Team attack and backs coach. In his time with the team they have won the America Rugby Championship Grand Slam and completed a Summer Series clean sweep, defeating Scotland in the process. This was USA's first win v a tier one Nation in 94 years. 

Greg has also spent time with the Chiefs in New Zealand (2011 & 2015) and toured with the Barbarians in 2017.

  Coach wilson prepping the yale players before a session

Coach wilson prepping the yale players before a session

Craig Wilson - Men's Defense coach / Women's Head coach:  craig.r.wilson@yale.edu

Craig started playing rugby as a 5 year old at his local team, Oakham rugby club in England. As he progressed through the age groups, Craig represented Leicester Tigers Academy, Northampton Saints Academy and Scottish Exiles. In the senior ranks, he represented Heriots rugby club in Edinburgh Scotland.

In his early twenties, Craig traveled to Hong Kong where he worked for the Hong Kong Rugby Union. His roles included Head Coach of Hong Kong Scottish and roles within the national age-grade set-up. Craig has been part of two u20 World Rugby Trophies as a backs coach. Craig has been capped for Hong Kong and has coached India XV in the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifiers and India 7s in the Rio 2016 qualifiers. 

Craig assists with the USA Women's pathway as a performance analyst and is regarded as one of the best up and coming coaches in the country.

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  Teofe ziemnicki leads a session in the varsity gym

Teofe ziemnicki leads a session in the varsity gym

Teofe Ziemnicki - Strength and Conditioning: teofe.ziemnicki@yale.edu

Teofe took helm of the Yale Rugby sports performance program in the Fall of 2017. Teofe started at Yale as an intern with the Football and National Championship winning Lacrosse team. He brings many of the same styles used with those teams to the rugby program and repurposes them to fit the play of the team.

Originally from Windsor Locks, CT, Teofe returned to Connecticut after studying for his masters in exercise science at Eastern Kentucky University. He received his Bachelor of Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 David Kovacevic LEft continues to add massive value to our program

David Kovacevic LEft continues to add massive value to our program

David Kovacevic   Team Doctor: david.kovacevic@yale.edu

David Kovacevic, MD, joined Yale Orthopaedics in 2015 after completing his clinical fellowship at Columbia University and the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine. As an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale School of Medicine and an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital, he educates residents and fellows to be caring and diligent surgeons. He and his team place a priority of putting the patient first.

Dr. Kovacevic specializes in complex primary and revision shoulder and elbow repair, reconstruction, and replacement utilizing all-arthroscopic, arthroscopic-assisted, and open surgical techniques to relieve patients of their pain, restore their function, and improve quality of life. His personal mission is simple—he strives to provide compassionate, quality, world class care to adults, adolescents, and athletes at all levels who sustain injuries of the shoulder girdle, shoulder, and elbow. During his clinical fellowship, he was assistant team physician for the Rockland Boulders Professional Baseball Club and Columbia University athletics, and cared for athletes on the New York Yankees and New York City Football Club.