The Vols have added a new head coach to the team
Source: Volunteer Rugby
After winning a National Championship last fall, the University of Tennessee Men's Rugby program got stronger with the addition of their new head coach, Scott Tungay.
According to Tennesseerugby.com's press release, Tungay joins the Volunteers after serving 6 years (2016-2021) as a coach with the University of Kentucky, where he was instrumental in leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships (2017 and 2018).
Tungay is native of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he played in the Midlands Rugby Academy system and served time as a high school coach with Maritzburg College while completing his World Rugby Level 2 Coaching Certification.
“We are extremely excited to have Scott join our program as the Head Coach. He brings proven success in recruiting and coaching collegiate rugby and we can’t wait to get him on campus,” former head coach, Marty Bradley, told Tennesseerugby.com. Bradley was promoted to the program's Director of Rugby role to expand recruiting and organization capabilities in July.
"Marty's built a great program," Tungay told MLR Tennessee. "I am looking to grow the brand of the game since [rugby] is such a character-building tool for these young men. I am excited to carry on the culture that Marty and Butch Robertson created to set up a good life for these boys."
Source: University of Tennessee Rugby
Coach Tungay has major plans to grow rugby in East Tennessee. He wants to build pathways for players and elevate the high school game so that talent in the area grows. "I want to help the talented high school players we have in Tennessee to carry on with rugby after high school," Tungay said. "This will require giving them more access to training, conditioning, and other programs that will improve their game."
The Vols play their first match of the season on Saturday, September 10 against Ohio State. We look forward to seeing Coach Tungay's leadership carry the squad to more national success.
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