Head Coach: Hugh Ferridge
Hugh’s 3rd year coaching with MD Exiles girls , is a registered coach and referee in the UK and the US , past experience, head coach for Barnes RFC in SW London responsible for 350 kids from age 5 to 15 (co-ed) , playing career peaked playing for the Royal Air Force as openside flanker (beat the Army), played for too many clubs to mention. Currently coaching Gonzaga High School JV boys as well as MDXiles girls.
Assistant Coach: Karl Heineman
Karl Heineman has been involved with rugby, both as a player and as a coach, since 1980. He began his rugby career playing in high school at Seneca Valley and played in college for Army West Point. He played for various clubs around the world during his 22-year Army career, earning a spot on the All-Army select side for 10 of those years. Karl joined the Exiles as assistant coach in 2016. Karl is qualified by USA Rugby as a level 200 coach.
MD Exiles Girls Rugby Club, Inc.
We are a 501 (c) (3) organization. Donors can deduct contributions made to MD Exiles Girls Rugby Club, Inc. under IRC Section 170. A copy of our IRS letter of recognition as a public charity/private foundation can be viewed here.
Maryland Exiles Girls Rugby Club is compliant with the Maryland State Charitable Solicitations Act.
Karl Heineman, President
Hugh Ferridge, Vice President
Anna Heineman, Treasurer
Matt Herringa, Secretary
Jay Danner-McDonald – Website
Lauren Hendricks – Merchandise
Jim Cox, Weather/Field Status Advisor
Tracey Ferridge, Parent Lead
FAQs answered by current players
1. I have never played rugby before, does that matter?
Not at all! We have players with varied experiences on the rugby pitch and with other sports, but we can help you learn how to play (and love) the game!
2. Are there tryouts?
No, there are not. Come to practice consistently and you’re on the team!
3. Is rugby dangerous?
Rugby is a contact sport and, like any other contact sport, it has risks. Although this is true, our coach and the drills we do during practice instill safety into our habits.
4. Is this team coed?
Fortunately and unfortunately, no
Still not sure if Rugby is the right sport for your daughter? Just ask our parents!
“My daughter was introduced to rugby 3 years ago. She instantly fell in love with the spirit, vigor and camaraderie of the game. I’ve never seen a women’s sport like it — the teamwork required, the physicality, the mutual respect, and the post-game bonding between teams. Because there are no pads, players have to be smart and skilled in their contact — I have seen very few injuries. Rugby has been an incredible experience for my daughter – she plans to continue playing in college and afterwards.”
“MD Exiles U19 Rugby Club provided a great oulet for my kids to learn not just rugby, but sportsmanship, commitment and discipline. My girls have been injury free since playing rugby, unlike other sports they have joined. This is mainly because of the great coaching and direction from Coach Valerie and Dewey. Even though our daughters have different skill levels and experience, they were able to compete successfully and enjoy the season together. “
Hiring potential for rugby players:
By Eileen C. McDonnell, Penn Mutual’s Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer | 02.19.15 : “At the same time, rugby’s status as a non-NCAA sanctioned sport may very well make rugby players even more desirable as potential employees than, say, a blue chip, Division I recruit. No doubt, they work just as hard as their classmates with scholarships. But they may come without the sense of entitlement that comes with those who have been pursued and praised for much of their lives.” – See more at: http://www.rugbytoday.com/college/penn-mutual-bets-big-rugby#sthash.3R9dHPdM.dpuf