Chicago Lions Men’s XVs Coach

Chicago Lions Men’s XVs Coach

The Lions Men’s XVs Rugby Head Coach will be responsible for leading the Men’s XVs Rugby program and coordinating with other Chicago Lions Rugby program leaders.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Active USA Rugby Level 200 Coaching Certificate or equivalent
  • Three years collegiate or senior rugby coaching experience
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and motivational skills.


  • Direct the Men’s 15s Rugby program and facilitate team-sponsored training events (March 2023 through November 2023).
  • The team shall be expected to train no less than twice per week (Tues & Thurs), weather permitting.
  • Match schedules are typically on Saturdays. Travel is required for away matches.
  • Develop and share training plans with assistant coaches, as necessary.
  • Communicate with the Executive Director, Senior Operating Committee and/or Board of Directors to ensure coverage or requirement of additional assistance.
  • Attend weekly coaching calls with other Lions coaches.
  • Finalize match rosters + provide match day itinerary 48 hours before matches.
  • Identify development opportunities for individual Lion’s players and offer individualized feedback for players to develop their rugby skills.


  • This is a 1099 position, paid for 9 months out of the year (March 2023-November 2023)
  • Salary range: $15,000 to $40,000 – depending on experience
  • Travel costs are covered by the club
  • Coaches will be provided with Chicago Lions Kit

Applicant Instructions:

Email Matt Lancor (ExecDir [at] Chicagolions [dot] com) with the subject ‘Men’s XVs Coach application’. Attached to your email, please include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position
  • Your rugby resume
  • 2-3 rugby references from prior roles

After reviewing the documents, the Chicago Lions Rugby Club coaching selection committee may reach out to schedule an in-person or video interview. The committee will review all applications received.

More about the Chicago Lions Rugby Club

The Lions are one of the only rugby clubs in the USA to have a fully-integrated rugby program starting with Rookie Rugby (ages 4-10), Middle School, High School, and Senior Rugby for both Men (Division 1 and 2) and Women (Division 1). The Lions also field competitive Sevens teams and run after-school rugby programs in Chicago. The Lions are a true community rugby club, with a large and engaged alumni group, a full social calendar, and deep involvement in our community.

There is a deep history for the Men’s 15s senior team, and our current players are a dedicated group of athletes who strive for excellence.

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Chicago Lions Merges with Chicago Wapiti

Chicago Lions Merges with Chicago Wapiti

Chicago Lions Rugby merges the Chicago Wapiti Rugby Football Club to expand its youth program

August 12, 2019, Chicago

The Chicago Lions Rugby organization, established in 1964, have joined forces to expand the Chicago Lions Youth Rugby Program to include middle school and rookie rugby. The merger is mutually beneficial, and a pooling of resources will allow a complete pathway for its players focused on development and growth.

For the Lions, this will kick start their competitive youth program that started with a High School Boys team in the spring. This will also allow their Lions Community Rugby players an opportunity to continue their rugby journeys and play contact rugby. Director of Youth Rugby Andy Rose says,

“This is great news for both organizations as Wapiti is a great and well-run organization. This merger has been the development of a long-standing relationship between the two organizations and means the Lions can now provide a pathway for players as young as 5 years old all the way through to men’s and women’s programs. This merger has allowed us to skip ahead several years as we are not starting from scratch. This is a very exciting time for the Lions and Chicago as a whole.”

For Wapiti, the players will have a permanent home at Lions for Hope Sports Complex, as well as access to world class coaches and international players.

The addition of the Wapiti program along with Men’s and Women’s 15’s and 7’s, and the recently started Chicago Lions Youth program will give the Lions a holistic organization to go along with the new facility that is being built with the first field ready in September. Chicago Lions President Jeff Simon stated,

“We have always admired what Chicago Wapiti RFC has done building a city youth program from scratch. Joining forces to advance youth rugby made sense as our first field is completed, and we continue our youth rugby outreach in the North Lawndale/East Garfield Park communities.”

In 2011, Chicago Wapiti became the First Youth Rugby Club in Chicago focused on Rookie Rugby, Wapiti now includes Middle School and High School level for both girls and boys to create an enjoyable environment centered on the developmental aspects of rugby focusing on the finest qualities of the game – integrity, physical fitness, responsibility, skill development and sportsmanship – while having fun. According to Dan Kirk,

“Partnering with the Lions and its fantastic Community Program dramatically expands the reach of rugby in Chicago and will make it accessible to all its diverse communities. We are thrilled to begin the next chapter in youth rugby in our city.”

Once completed, the Lions for Hope Sports Complex will be recognized as a safe place for the community to gather through rugby and other organized field sports. We will expand life opportunities for the area youth and increase their social capital. Visit to learn more.

Chicago Lions Rugby is part of the CLCA (Chicago Lions Charitable Association) which is a 501(c)3 organization and in 2015, The CLCA partnered with Chicago Hope Academy to build the Lions for Hope Sports Complex, a premier rugby centric facility, in the North Lawndale/East Garfield Park community. Chicago Hope Academy is an inner-city Christian school catering predominantly to minority youths, which was started in 2005 by Bob Muzikowski, a former Columbia University and Old Blue NY flanker.

The Chicago Lions were founding members of the Rugby Super League, current Midwest Men’s champion, have won numerous Midwest Championships, have participated in over 9 National Club Championships and were National Club 7’s Champions in 2010.The Lions Women’s 7’s made the national championships 6 out of the past 7 years. A Pride of Lions has gone on to represent the United States as Eagle National Side players. The Lions also had the good fortune of having Paul McNaughton (IRE) and Kitch Christie (RSA) coach of 1995 RWC Champion Springboks as members. Former Club Presidents Dick Smith and J. Tyke Nollman plus Bill Fraumann are members of the US Rugby Foundation Hall of Fame.

For more information, contact Jeff Simon at 847-921-0872 or email chicagolionsclca [at] gmail [dot] com. Interested players or coaches can email Coach Andy Rose at youth [at] chicagolions [dot] com.

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