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University of Tennessee Men's Rugby Appoint New Director of Rugby and Program Manager

The Vols are expanding their program with leadership promotions

Source: Vols Wires

With change comes growth. In July, the University of Tennessee men's rugby program announced new leadership appointments among its search for a new head coach.

Marty Bradley, former head coach from 2011-2022, was promoted to being Director of Rugby. Bradley helped build the Vols to a strong team that won the national championship in 2021. A few players from that team are in talks with Major League Rugby (MLR) teams to be drafted in 2022. These recent accomplishments are just a few of many that Bradley has brought to Tennessee in his 26 years with the team.

"I'm not drifting away or anything," Bradley told Vols Wire. "This program has grown to the point to where it needs the attention of someone that can give it a little more than I am able. We are really adding instead of replacing, because I am still going to be involved with most things I am today, but that person that is going to lead training and lead us on the sideline is going to be different. There is so much we could do that we are not doing."

Alongside Bradley’s appointment, Steven Harris, a local alumni and former director of Tennessee Rugby Academy (now Knoxville Youth Rugby), has been promoted to the Vols’ Program Manager. Harris has a strong rugby resume that includes playing for the University of Tennessee during their D1-AA Final Four run in 2012, an internship with Lindenwood University’s nationally-ranked rugby program, and playing for the Knoxville Possums RFC men’s club in 2016.

In their new roles, Bradley and Harris will continue to establish the Vols as a premier national rugby program. Part of that includes a new restructured leadership pipeline, with the first contracted college employed head coach in program history. The new head coach will be working side-by-side with Harris as Program Manager and a Media & Communications Coordinator. These three positions will be under Director Bradley.

Source: Volunteer Rugby

The new head coach is expected to be announced later this month to start training with the team. The Vols will host their first opponent, Ohio State, on September 10 at Tennessee Rugby Park.

With the new promotions and structure, the University of Tennessee has a bright future in rugby ahead of it.


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