ABOUT - OUR COACHES

Head Coach -Men's

Dave was the Grizzlies Backs Coach during the 2018/9 season and has now committed to the Head Coach position for 2019/20. 

Growing up in Australia, he has enjoyed stints in both rugby league and rugby union. 

As a rugby league player, he had a long career with Sydney University. His playing time at Sydney University resulted in representative honours with selection in the New South  Wales Universities (College) side. Strong showings against both Queensland Universities and Great Britain Universities resulted in selection in the Australian Tertiary team. 

His rugby playing career included three seasons with the Wanderers Rugby Club in the Newcastle & Hunter Rugby Union competition, where he established himself as a regular first grader. After a few years out of the game following injury, he was introduced to the Grizzlies in 2014 where he played one season as a player before retiring (again!). 

He is a USA Rugby Level 200 accredited coach. 

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Jon

D4 Player/Coach - Men's

As a player Jon Gillin has been a part of the Colorado Springs Grizzlies for the past six years. Jon began playing in college in Nashville and latter was Vice President of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Rugby Club. He has played with other clubs around the country and while living in Ireland played with the Douglas/Carrigaline Rugby club.

Jon has a passion for teaching, coaching and giving back to the community through his love for rugby. Jon began coaching his own sons with the North Colorado Springs Falcons Youth Rugby. In Ireland Jon coached youth rugby at Crosshaven rugby club. And in 2019 he was named as Forwards Coach for the Colorado College Women's Rugby Club.

Always eager to learn as a player and coach, he is excited about the opportunity work with the coaching staff of the Colorado Springs Grizzlies and assist in the development of the Division 4 side. His duties include film and statistical analysis as well as functioning as a player/coach.

Strength and Conditioning Coach – Cass Barrett

As the club’s strength and conditioning coach, Cass combines a long history in rugby with a strong background in the fitness industry. 

He is a former All Armed Forces 7s representative and has played at several clubs both in Colorado and internationally, including stints in Japan, San Diego Old Aztecs, Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, Glendale Raptors and the Grizzlies. 

Cass also has significant coaching experience dating back to 2006 with the San Diego Surfers WRFC and has since held coaching roles with Glendale Youth Rugby, the Denver Stampede and now the Grizzlies. 

Away from the pitch, Cass is the owner-operator of Colorado Springs business Core FIT. 

Cass is USA Rugby Level 200 accredited coach. 

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Head Coach (Pikes Peaks - women’s) – Joseph O’Keefe

Over the past thirty-five years, Joseph has played Rugby at a competitive level including division three collegiate, Division One Graduate School League, divisions one and three men’s club, and Russian League, St. Petersburg, Russia. 

He has also been involved with Kutztown University Rugby, assisting Dr. Greg Jones in building the club from division three to division one through coaching, fundraising and recruitment. Joseph has built a very successful life utilizing skills honed on the pitch – teamwork, dedication, leadership and initiative. He is thrilled to be able to assist the Pikes Peaks.

Player/Coach (Pikes Peaks - women’s) – Jes Troutwine

Jes has played rugby since fall 2012, beginning with game time at the University of Missouri. After one year she transferred and finished her college rugby career at the University of Central Missouri. In her final year she was appointed forwards captain. 

Jes then retired from rugby as a player but after moving to Colorado in the summer of 2018, she came out of retirement to play for the Pikes Peaks with the goal of learning how to coach. 

Due to a car accident in January 2019 she officially stepped away as a player and began working with Joe in coaching the Pikes Peaks. Currently as Player-Coach, Jes jumps into practices and games as needed but her main priority is to teach women how to play the great sport of rugby.

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