Darcy Patterson Joins UBC Women’s Rugby Coaching Staff

VANCOUVER – A proud alumna of the UBC Women’s Rugby program is returning to her U SPORTS roots. UBC Women’s Rugby Head Coach Dean Murten announced today that Darcy Patterson (North Vancouver, BC) has been named an assistant coach for the two-time defending conference champs.

“I’m honored to return to UBC and contribute to the success of a program that means so much to me,” said Patterson, who has become the first full-time U SPORTS Women’s Rugby assistant coach in all of Canada. “To work alongside Dean Murtena coach who holds such high standards and has built such a great program, and to have daily involvement in developing great athletes and people is special for me.”

Patterson brings a wealth of playing, coaching and management experience to the T-Birds. As a player, she represented BC provincially and also suited up for Canada internationally on multiple occasions. Her coaching summary includes: Four years at Capilano RFC (Premier Women’s 15s), multiple national championship victories with BC rugby as the head coach of the Elite 7s and the age grade 15s. She also served as an assistant coach with Canada at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games and the FISU Tournament in Italy. As Canada’s current Women’s Rugby Sevens manager she donned the Maple Leaf at the most recent Summer Olympics (Tokyo 2020) and in September she’ll be heading to South Africa for the 2022 Women’s Rugby Sevens World Cup. Before heading overseas she’s off to Niagara later this month to coach in the inaugural Rugby Sevens event at the 2022 Canada Games. She also helped create the annual Kamloops 7s rugby tournament – ​​One of Canada’s largest annual rugby tournaments prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The former UBC Scrumhalf also acknowledged the meaningful legacy left by previous UBC rugby coaches Lesley McKenzie and Maria Gallo – both of whom helped lay the groundwork for Patterson to stay involved in the sport in a variety of capacities. Those invaluable experiences have resulted in this ‘full circle’ opportunity for Patterson to coach full-time at UBC after also assisting with the Women’s Rugby Sevens program for the past six years.

She explained, “Having experience in all aspects of the sport has opened my eyes and has taught me a lot about finding balance as a coach and then being able to promote that balance to players and how things need to fit together in order to succeed. ”

“We’re very excited to have Darcy return to the UBC Women’s Rugby Program,” added head coach Dean Murten, the reigning Canada West coach of the year. “As an alumna of the program and current Rugby 7s coach, Darcy understands the balance of education and sport. Darcy has a vast experience of the rugby pathway in BC and Canada. She has been involved in all levels of coaching, from club to country . She also brings a vast amount of planning and administration skills to the program, skills she executed on the HSBC 7s circuit, the Olympics, and Commonwealth Games. She will finish her current role at the Women’s Rugby World Cup 7s in South Africa. Having worked with Darcy in the past, I know we’re getting an extremely hard working, dedicated administrator and outstanding coach.”

Darcy Patterson

The addition of Darcy Patterson to the T-Birds coaching staff kickstarts an exciting month of August for the Women’s Rugby program who will soon be off to Bordeaux, France to begin a 12-day extended preseason training camp abroad. During their time across the pond, the 2022 Women’s rugby hopefuls will train daily while establishing the type of culture and identity that has become synonymous with success in recent seasons. The camp will also feature two inter-squad games: One solely featuring first and second-year players and the other game will display the more senior Varsity squad, along with some of the younger players who showed well during training and the previous game.

Upon their return from France, the UBC Women’s Rugby program will begin their local training camp on campus at UBC starting August 23rd. The 2022 regular season begins on Saturday, September 10th against the University of Victoria Vikes. Check out the complete schedule for the 2022 Women’s Rugby season here.

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