Fall 2017 Team Roster

Coaches of the UCONN Rugby Team

Coach Robert Merola

Coach Merola began his rugby playing career at the University of Connecticut and now returns full circle as Head Coach. After graduating from UConn he joined the Hartford Wanderers Men’s Club where he held various team positions such President/Treasure/Captain and Coach until through the mid-90s. As player he was also selected to New England Rugby Union (NERFU) and NERFU Northeast All Stars teams.

Coach Merola started his collegiate coaching career at Trinity College Hartford (1995-2015) during which he organized and coordinated three international tours to England/Wales (1998) and Ireland (2001, 2005).

Coach is a USA Rugby Certified Level 200 Coach which includes safety and health training (concussion recognition/treatment), practice and game skills planning. He is also CPR certified and member New England Rugby Referee Society.

Additional Coaching duties include Head Rugby Coach for Connecticut High School U-19 All Star Team (2010-2013) and Assistant CT U19 Coach (2015-2016).

Mark ColebrookWorcester RFC 1979-1981 Charter Member.  I played Flanker.

Hartford Wanderers RFC 1981-2000  I played Flanker & #8.

HWRFC President 1997-1999

New England Rugby Referees Society 2000-Present, Attained B3 Grade

I’m currently a member of the Worcester Old Boys and the Wanderers and play as time and body permits.

As far as coaching goes, this is my first experience coaching rugby.  I have coached Basketball and Lacrosse at the youth level.  I feel honored to be working with Coach Merola and the student athletes at UConn.  I’m currently working on my level 1 coaching certification and should have that in hand in the next couple weeks.

Coach Mike KosillaPlayed lock for Southern CT State University, New Haven Old Black and the Connecticut Grey RFC from 1981-2005.  Toured in Scotland, Ireland, Barbados.

20170912_180557Rob began his rugby career in 1987 at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and it was during his undergraduate studies that he participated in an internship in Perth, Western Australia, where he worked for both the Golden Oldies Rugby Festival Organizing Committee and the West Australian Rugby Union (now RugbyWA).

On the field, Rob played at UConn and then the Hartford Wanderers RFC, with brief stints at Cottesloe RFC while living in Perth, and at OMBAC in San Diego. Rob represented the Northeast Rugby Union at the USA All-Star 7’s Tournament, and was invited to the USA Eagles 7’s Selection Camp in 1999.

In 2007-08, Rob was appointed Manager of the USA U-19 team, managing all aspects of administration and logistics. In 2015, Rob assisted with video analysis for the USA Eagles 7s, doing opposition analysis, and in 2016 assisted with opposition analysis of pool opponents in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is also is on the staff at the Northeast Academy, a National Development Academy, where he has held multiple roles in video analysis, team management, operations, and marketing/communications.

Rob has served as backs coach for the Hartford Wanderers, and has served as a backs coach and 7s coach for UConn over several periods since 2004. He also coaches the Wethersfield Youth Rugby side.

20170912_175203Coach Joe Nollet played for Beacon Hill Rugby Club from 1979 – 87 mixed with years away at grad school playing for University of Florida and Princeton Athletic Club. Played for Hartford Wanderers 1988-91.  With BHRFC selected to NERFU All Stars and played on international tours to England/Wales and New Zealand/Australia. Coach previously was an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; he now is pastor of a church on the UConn campus.

Coach Bob Huscher began his rugby playing career at Southern Connecticut State University.  After graduating he played with the New Haven Old Black Men’s Club from 1989-2004, winning a National Championship in 2002.   As player, he was also selected to New England Rugby Union (NERFU) and NERFU Northeast All Stars team playing against the Canadian National Development side and the Bermuda National Team.

Coach Huscher started his collegiate coaching career at SCSU in 2002 and the New Haven Men’s Rugby Club (2013-2015) and is a USA Rugby Certified Level 200 Coach.

Additional Rugby duties include Coach- Cheshire Rugby U-14’s, and New Haven Rugby and Cheshire Rugby Board of Directors.

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Elite Mental Skills Coach

Katrina has worked with the United States Military for 5 years, teaching Soldiers resilience & performance enhancement techniques. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University, and her Master’s in Movement Science with a specialization in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Barry University. She is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and currently teaches Counseling for Enhanced Performance at Springfield College. Katrina has consulted with youth sports, college level athletes, and adults.  She has experience teaching mental toughness to the following sports: golf, rugby, squash, baseball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, mixed martial arts, track & field, wrestling, lacrosse, basketball, swimming, CrossFit, and Jiu-Jitsu.  Additionally, she has mentally trained Army Combatives, Snipers, and Rangers.

Fall 2017 Roster

PlayerPositionYEARHometownHigh School
A.J. LorenzettiLockSRBristol, CTSt. Paul Catholic High School
20170921_181011Adam AngelucciHookerSRTrumbull, CTTrumbull High School
20170912_174248Adam HorneFlanker, PropSRLa Canada, CALa Canada High School
20170921_181027Alex NanaiEight, Flanker, Hooker, PropSOGreenwich, CTGreenwich High School
20170916_105725Alper Sahin-Groton, CTFitch High School
20170912_174211Ari WeintraubLock, PropJRCalabasas, CAViewpoint School
20170914_175414Auggie CollFly-Half, Fullback, WingSRNeedham, MANeedham High School
20170916_110355Austin TobackFlanker, HookerSREast Lyme, CTEast Lyme High School
20170916_110021Avery BlaszkoEight, FlankerJREast Hampton, CTXavier High School
20170923_130146Carter CookeCenterJRChesapeake, VAKillingly High School
20170916_105907Charles PennyFlanker, PropFRBabylon, NYBabylon High School
20170914_175228Charles SampsonForwardJR--
20170912_174259Chris MaoCenter, Fly-HalfEXSydney, AustraliaSydney Boys High School
20170914_175440Connor ElliotPropSREast Lyme, CTEast Lyme High School
20170912_174739Connor GladitschFly-Half, WingSOMelville, NYSt. Anthony's
20170912_174312Dan MacLeanLockSRNorwich, CTNorwich Free Academy
20170916_105549Derek LittyCenter, FlankerSREllington, CTEllington High School
Doron FellerPropSOStamford, CTStamford High School
20170914_175508(0)Elijah TateishiFly-Half, WingJRGreenwich, CTGreenwich High School
20170914_175454Ethan FinnCenter, WingSRFarmington, CTFarmington High School
20170912_175843 (2)Ethan OpsahlScrum-HalfSREast Lyme, CTEast Lyme High School
Ferris El-tayyebLockJRGreenwich, CTGreenwich High School
20170921_181053Jackson CollinsLock, PropSRHebron, CTRHAM High School
20170912_180617Jacques PrevostEight, FlankerSRHebron, CTRHAM High School
20170921_181217James CourtneyForwardSR--
20170916_105804(0)Jared WhittierJRWallingford, CTLyman Hall High School
20170912_175830Jason SpandowLockJRLondon, EnglandTASIS England
20170921_181115Joe PhillipsCenter, Fly-HalfSRCardiff, WalesCheshire High School
Jonathan ForsythFlankerSRTrumbull, CTTrumbull High School
20170912_174156Jonathan Spencer WalkerCenter, Fly-Half, Fullback, WingSRMadison, CTDaniel Hand High School
20180422_115104Josh HallaLock, PropJRWethersfield, CTWethersfield High School
20170912_175855(0)Josh KangScrum-HalfJRLongmeadow, MALongmeadow High School
Joshua GibsonPropSOEllington, CTEllington High School
20170916_110042Kenneth FossFlanker, HookerSOBethel, CTBethel High School
20170916_105928Keondre LucasWingJREast Hartford, CTMilton Hershey School
20170912_175925Kevin CarrCenter---
20170912_174142Kevin NgLockSRFajardo, PRPalmas Academy
20170912_174236Kurt MossFullback, WingJRSutton, MASt John's of Shrewsbury
20170912_175043Marley CadiganCenter, WingJRGreenwich, CTGreenwich High School
20170916_105832Matthew DennisForward, WingSOBaltimore, MDChesapeake High School
20170912_180047Matthew TernulloScrum-Half, WingJRBillerica, MABillerica Memorial High School
20170912_174500Mike KerrWingJRBloomfield, CTBloomfield High School
20170912_174059Miles RichardsFlanker, Hooker, PropJRStratford, CTBunnell High School
20180422_115113Nicholas KerrCenter, Fullback, WingSOBloomfield, CTBloomfield High School
20170912_175359Nick WehrleLockJRHopkinton, MASt John's of Shrewsbury
20170912_175811Nicolas LaBrancheEightSRSingaporeSingapore American School
20170916_105632Nishanth SodeJRAvon, CTAvon High School
20170916_110407Noel SosnoskiWingSRWestport, CTStaples High School
20170921_181019Oliver BoganWingJRFairfield, CTFairfield Warde High School
20170916_105749Wojtek KajzerLockSRBerlin, CTBerlin High School
20170912_174344Xavier AmosWingJRFarmington, CTFarmington High School
Zack SperanzaWing---