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OUR COACHES

Our Coaches and Support Team

Coach Riel du Toit

CEO - NCOS Falcons

Head Coach (High School)

Riel loves the sport of rugby and the impact it has on young lives. He coaches because he wants to teach kids and students to love the sport. He is dedicated to grow the sport in the USA so that the Eagles can become a major impact in world rugby. He founded the Falcons as the first youth club in Northern Colorado Springs in 2008, and have coaching experience at every level from 6-year olds through college teams. He is a level 200 certified coach.

 

Accomplishments:  

 

  • 5 TRY youth rugby seasons with average 92% win rate

  • 2017 JV 7s Champions

 

  • 2018 Varsity 7s 3rd place

 

  • 2018 High School Varsity Div 2 State Champions

 

  • 3 Playoff appearances for College NSCRO division

 

  • Colorado All-state Junior Varsity coach in 2017

 

  • Colorado All-state Varsity coach in 2018

 
 

Coach P J Trujillo

Rucks Coach & 7s Strategist

(High School)

Patrick (PJ) Trujillo has been coaching rugby since 1997 and a player since 1991. His vast coaching experience spans from youth to men's sides. He enjoys coaching and having the opportunity to share his knowledge of the game. His goal is to give back to the rugby community and to instill in those he coaches a great appreciation for this amazing sport. His hope is to not only help his players to be better on the field, but also to build skills to help them succeed in all facets of life. He has unique coaching style that allows his players to participate in their development at the game.

Accomplishments

 

  • Collegiate player 1991-96

  • New Mexico Highlands University assistant coach 96-99

  • Men's side player 1996-present

  • D-3 men's coach 2006-2012

  • New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Head coach 2012-2015 NSCRO 

  • Northern Colorado Springs Falcons youth 2014- present

  • UCCS assistant/forwards coach 2016

  • Colorado Springs Grizzly D3 mens coach 2016-2017

  • Northern Colorado Springs Falcons High School 2015-present 

  • 1992-1995 Rio Grande Rugby Union College Select all star

  • 1994 Western Rugby Union collegate All Star Select

  • 2014 NSCRO 7s 2nd pace head coach

  • 2015 NSCRO 7S National Champion head  coach

  • 2018 Colorado High School State Champion asst coach

  • 1991- present lots of kids/men playin rugby throughtout the United States and world

  • Level 200 USA rugby certified

Coach Jamie Twigg 

Line-out Coach (High School)

Jamie Twigg played semi-pro rugby for Luton RFC in England for 22 years. He came to the United States in 2002 and coached Queen City RFC in Denver for 2 years. In 2008 he started to coach youth rugby in Colorado Springs. Then in 2017 he became the Forwards coach of the NCOS Falcons high school team. He's main objective is to teach young players in America to enjoy the game he loves so much, teaching them skills, integrity, loyalty, discipline, fitness and success through rugby.

 

Accomplishments

  • County high school under 15, under 16

  • Under 21 captain for Luton

  • Under 21 County and East Midlands player

  • 2 years first team captain for Luton

  • Senior Bedfordshire player

  • Head Coach of Queen City RFC in Denver

  • Eastern Rockies Champions in 2003/04

  • Western Champions in 2003/04

  • 5th in the nation in 2003/04

  • Breckenridge 7s Champions 2004

  • State Championship with the NCOS Falcons in 2018

 
 

Coach Joe Cox

Backline coach (High School)

Youth/Try Coaching Staff

  • Joe Cox, Falcons Director for TRY

  • PJ Trujillo, 7s Strategist and TRY Coach

  • Vic Tise, TRY Coach

  • Gus Byleveld, TRY Coach

  • Scharl du Toit, TRY Coach

  • Connor Twigg, TRY Coach

Operations and Support Staff

 

Gus Byleveld

Falcons Rugby Operations

Mike Taylor 

Colorado Rugby Referee

  • USA Rugby Referee & Falcons Referee representative

  • Falcons Disciplinary committee member 

  • Level 1 Officiating certification with USA Rugby

  • TRY Referee & High School (15s & 7s) Assistant Referee since 2018

 

Mike Taylor 

Colorado Rugby Referee

  • USA Rugby Referee & Falcons Referee representative

  • Falcons Disciplinary committee member 

  • Level 1 Officiating certification with USA Rugby

  • TRY Referee & High School (15s & 7s) Assistant Referee since 2018

Nicole Brashears

Athletic Trainer

Nicole founded Sideline Sports Medicine in Colorado, in 2018. She recognized a need in the community for medical care for various sporting events and athletes. Nicole earned her Master of Sciences in Sports Medicine from The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Nicole has worked as an Athletic Trainer in the sport of rugby for five years. She has been the primary medical provider for high school and collegiate level teams, as well as working as one of the many athletic trainers for Rugby Colorado since 2016. Full time, Nicole works as the Head Athletic Trainer at Johnson and Wales University in Denver, CO.

Nicole’s goal is to be an advocate for her patients’ best interest while providing compassionate and quality healthcare. She specializes in injury evaluations, concussion management, prevention and rehabilitative services.

Accomplishments:

  • Master’s degree in Sports Medicine

  • Head Athletic Trainer at a DIII University: 2018-present

  • NCOS Falcons Athletic Trainer 2018-present

  • UCCS Club Sports Athletic Trainer: 2016-2018

  • Fountain Valley High School Head Athletic Trainer: 2015-2016

  • US Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Volunteer

  • Athletic Trainer for various Organizations

  • The DOD: Warrior Games

  • USA Wrestling

  • USA Volleyball

  • USA Roller Sports

  • USA Golf Association

  • USA Boxing

  • NHL: Anaheim Ducks Athletic

  • Adrenaline Lacrosse

  • Sandstorm Lacrosse

  • American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Instructor

  • Alpine Patroller for The National Ski Patrol

 

Albert Kleynhans 

Falcons Operations: Marketing & Sponsors