BELL GRIFFINS RUGBY CLUB
Washington DC Youth Rugby is proud to sponsor Bell Multicultural School in Columbia Heights with boys and girls high school rugby teams. The boys team is was founded in 2013 by Alex Olivas with a few 7s and 10s matches. This year, they competed in the Division II championships in a hard fought match against Landon. Bell also has a girls program founded in 2014. This year, the girls program is having success on and off the field. We are so proud of everyone for their hard work and commitment.
The program is helping more kids in DC learn valuable team and leadership skills, exposing them to other cultures, and providing a safe, FUN after-school activity. In addition to games and practice, we ensure students are attending classes, doing their school work and achieving their academic goals.
ABOUT COACH HENSLEY
Dale Hensley started playing rugby in the late 1980’s with St. Mary’s College of Maryland while he was stationed at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station with the Navy. He later co-founded, played and served as the first President for the Pax River Rugby Club in 1990. The team still thrives today as a competitive Division 3 men’s club of the Potomac Rugby Union (PRU). Dale later transferred to the Washington, DC area and played for the Bethesda-based Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences (aka Fighting Docs Rugby) where he played in the National Military Championships in Ft. Benning Georgia. Dale is a certified C1 USA Rugby Referee and an active member of the Potomac Society of Rugby Football Referees. He has refereed numerous high-level matches in the PRU. Dale has been selected to participate in a rugby referee exchange program in the East Midlands, England in late 2013. Dale is a USA Rugby Level 200 certified coach and started coaching rugby for St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC in 2008. St. John’s is part of the Metro Area Varsity Rugby Conference (MAVRC). He led the team to four MAVRC Playoffs and one MAVRC Championship match. He is currently the President of the MAVRC. Dale is the father of two sons that play competitive college rugby. Tyler Hensley plays Division 2 rugby for the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. (aka Mother’s Rugby). They recently played in the Virginia Cardinals League playoffs. Trent Hensley plays for the nationally ranked Division 1A Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. Trent made the Kutztown 7’s squad that competed at the College Rugby Championship (CRC) aired nationally on NBC.
ABOUT COACH PRUETT
A Washington, DC native, Lance Pruett began his rugby career as a founding member of the Marshall University Rugby Club, in Huntington, WV. After graduating, he went on to play, referee, and eventually coach. After returning to the Washington DC area, his first real coaching opportunity came UMBC, in Catonsville, MD. Since that time, Coach Pruett has coached at several area colleges and clubs, helping lead teams to various national and regional play-off appearances. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University, he was selected in the initial cohort of the USA Rugby Women’s National Team Elite Coach Development Program, which led to his selection as a team manager for women’s national team events including manager the Junior Collegiate All-American Can-Am series in 2015. Coach Pruett has achieved his Level 300 certification from USA Rugby and is a certified referee. His step-son attends the University of Oregon and his wife plays rugby for a local women’s club.
ANACOSTIA INDIANS RUGBY CLUB
Lead by rugby supporters Kristen Clardy and Ryan Caldwell, we are excited to partner with Anacostia High School to bring rugby to SE DC. More information about the program is coming soon.