President & Coach: Brian Mihelic
Brian Mihelic started playing rugby while attending West Virginia University. He joined the local men’s club, The Pittsburgh Harlequins upon graduating from WVU and moving back to Pittsburgh. In 1997 he moved to the Washington DC Area and joined The Washington Rugby Club. Brian held several offices on the Washington RFC’s executive committee including Fundraising Chair, Treasurer and Recruiting Director. While serving as a club officer, Brian wanted to get the club more involved with the community. In 2004, with the support of the Washington Rugby Club, Brian Mihelic, Roger Evans and David Cohen founded Washington DC Youth Rugby with the goal of reaching out to underserved areas in Washington DC. The summer youth program began with seven kids and has now grown to approximately 100 players. Washington DC Youth Rugby also established an under-19 club team and founded a high school rugby team at Calvin Coolidge High School. Currently, three former players are playing rugby at their respective universities. The organization’s mission is to “reach out to underserved children in Washington, DC to promote health and physical fitness and teach valuable life skills through the sport of rugby.”
Secretary & Coach: Marcus Wood
Marcus Wood is a native Washingtonian who first picked up the sport in high school. As an undersized and underdeveloped football player at Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast Washington DC, Marcus had an itch for something else to complete his High School sports career and rugby turned out to be the remedy. Immediately after the first match his love affair with the game of rugby began. Marcus attended James Madison University and played for the University’s club team were the love affair continued to blossom. Once Marcus returned home to Washington DC, he joined Washington RFC in 2000 allowing him to play at a high level. He even scored a TRY against the Chilean National Team in a 7’s tournament, the highlight of his adult playing career. In 2006, Marcus teamed up with Brian Mihelic and Roger Evans to help expand the youth program. It was a perfect match. Even at the age of 18, Marcus envisioned children in Washington DC would be able to enjoy the game as he did. The best part about it, the children would be learning the game at a far younger age. To this day, Marcus continues to coach youth rugby and inspiring young African-American children to experience a different sport outside of Football and Basketball. Marcus is actively engaging athletic directors and recreation center directors about the benefits of rugby for boys and girls in that one day, rugby will be played in every quadrant of the city.
Vice President & Coach: Roger Evans
Roger Evans is originally from Worcester England where he began playing rugby in middle school. He came to the US in the early 1990’s and played rugby in Worcester, MA, Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ. Because of an injury, he began his coaching career in Tampa, FL. After that experience, he landed in DC in 1995 and has been playing, refereeing and coaching rugby ever since. He joined Washington Rugby Football Club in 1996 and was the match secretary and served on the executive committee from 1997 – 2010. Roger was an original coach when Washington DC Youth Rugby was founded in 2004. He has seen the program grow over the years from the 7 players that fielded the first team to 100 children participating in the program in the DC area. In 2009, Roger and Coach Marcus Wood were finalists for USA Today Weekend Magazine’s Most Caring Coach Award. Although they did not win the final prize, they finished in the top 10. Professionally, Roger works in the Property Section at the Embassy of Australia primarily focusing on the transport needs for diplomats. The Embassy has been a strong supporter of the Washington DC Youth Rugby Program with the Ambassador being the first patron of the program.
Our mailing address is:
703 8th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002