2019 Volunteer Coaches
Mark is a logistics specialist with 30 years of experience, 30 years in the military, and is the proud father of a son, Jake. Mark's military experience of training and deploying Airmen gives him a unique view on coaching on development of our players. Mark has been coaching for the Wildcats for the past 3 years, and plays an integral role in the operations of the club.
Matthew started playing rugby aged 7 in the UK. He played for his school and for Edinburgh University. After college he played for and was club captain of Lightwater RFC in the UK. He came to the USA to do a masters at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and while there founded the grad school rugby club, as well as playing for the local Michigan club. Matthew has played rugby around the world, including games for the Hong Kong Police, as well as clubs in France and Spain. He is a level 100 certified Rugby Coach with USA Rugby. Off the pitch Matthew and his wife Anna are busy raising Olivia and Henry (who plays on the 1-2 team). Matthew runs the marketing department for Sears Home Services repair and warranty division.
Phil is a native Pacific Northwesterner and started playing rugby in 1990 and has played all positions in the backline. Phil has extensive coaching experience having coached for over 12 years including High School boys (Redmond), Senior Womens (Emerald City Mudhens) and Senior Mens (Eastside Axemen) XV and 7's. Phil led the Mudhens to 7's Nationals 3 out of 4 years. Rugby is certainly Phil’s favorite hobby but he also enjoys golf, snowboarding, camping, and traveling. Phil is married to Janey and father to two boys ages 16 & 13. Phil is Construction Executive for JTM construction.
Jason started playing rugby as a freshman at WWU in 1993. Despite his stature, he has spent most of his time playing on the wing or in the centers. He has played for men's clubs in Germany, England, Portland, Seattle, the NOBs, as well as for touring sides. Jason has been a club GM, Vice President, and player and has just begun his foray into coaching, having passed the level 100 coaching certification. Jason grew up in Walla Walla, with no access to rugby, but was always a city kid and moved to Seattle after returning from England in 1999. Jason is married to Marie and has 2 children, including Matyas, a new first grader on the Wildcats, as well as a Wiemraner named Zofie. In addition to family time and rugby, Jason is an avid snowboarder, and whitewater rafter. Jason works as an IT Business Analyst at BECU
Edna is the mother of 3 Rugby players; Sa'id, 3rd grade, and twin girls who play with the 5th grade team, Charlie and Lucy. Edna’s family relocated from Texas to Seattle in 2015 and loves the PNW, especially the outdoors. She teaches 1st grade at Fairmount Park Elementary, and helps the families and coaches of the West Seattle Wildcats.
Tom picked up rugby aged 8 in the UK. He played representative youth rugby in England for Berkshire and South West England before playing international rugby for Scotland under 18. He also played for Newbury R.F.C and Swansea University. In the US he played for New York Rugby Club and White Plains R.F.C. He is a level 100 certified Rugby Coach with USA Rugby. Off the pitch Tom’s an avid skier and lives in West Seattle with his Canadian wife Julie, their daughter Florence and Westie, Hastings. He is a consultant for a New York based apparel company called Knot Standard.
Bruce came to Seattle to attend the UW in Engineering, originally from Spokane. Bruce played rugby for the University of Washington at wing, center, scrum half, and flanker. Bruce eventually settled in at prop and played for Seattle OPSB, several rep sides, and briefly for the USA national team. Bruce has coached the UW and Seattle OPSB forwards for a couple years each.Semi-retired and doing part time computer consulting, Bruce is married to Becky and has 3 kids and 7 grandchildren from 16 to 3 years old.
Pete is a professional rugby player for the Seattle Seawolves in the newly formed Major League Rugby competition. Having grown up in Australia, Pete moved overseas to pursue rugby, playing for AR Milano in Italy, the Ospreys in the UK, and the Coca-Cola West Red Sparks and Kubota Spears in the Japanese Top League, before landing in the USA to play college football for the University of Central Missouri. Pete has coached rugby for over a decade and currently resides in West Seattle, where he spends his time working on a tech startup while away from the rugby pitch.