ABU to begin men’s, women’s rugby programs

Submitted photo Laura Miller will be the coach of the newly formed men’s and women’s rugby teams at Alderson Broaddus University.

PHILIPPI –Athletic Director Dennis Creehan has announced the hiring of Laura Miller to be the head coach of the newly formed men’s and women’s rugby teams at Alderson Broaddus University.

“We are very pleased to have Laura as our first ever rugby coach,” said Creehan. “Her time on the U.S. National team and her experience as a coach at Life University will be key to the beginning of our new programs here at AB. Rugby as a sport is growing rather quickly and we are excited to be part of that growth. Laura did a great job on her interview and had overwhelming support from those she met while visiting AB.”

A 2011 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Miller comes to AB from Life University where she has served as the assistant coach since 2016.

Miller has also served as head coach for the Southern Independent Rugby All-Conference teams.

This summer, Miller will earn a master of science in coaching psychology from the Life University Department of Positive Psychology.

“We are so excited to see Coach Laura graduate with her MA in positive psychology from Life and to be at the helm of an up and coming National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) program,” said Rosalind Chou, the head coach of the Life University women’s rugby team. “She has been a great asset to our team and our women have become better student-athletes with her as their coach. We want to thank her for her services the past two years and are confident in her abilities to lead Alderson Broaddus to success in the future.”

During her playing days, Miller played for the U.S. Women’s National team from 2011 through 2016 and earned five international caps.

In 2010 and 2011, Miller was a collegiate All-American and then was a champion twice in the Women’s Premier League for the Glendale Raptors.

“I am thrilled that AB has chosen to bring rugby into its tight knit community,” said Miller. “Rugby is the perfect fit for this school which is focused on creating a positive and rigorous student experience. My role as head coach will be to build a program which fosters excellence in competition as well as excitement on campus for AB’s newest sport.”

Both teams will compete in NSCRO and will get underway in 2018-2019 but plans to go full for the 2019-2020 school year.