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Saturday, 2 of March of 2013

Executive Board and Coaches

Chairwoman - Kim Magrini - president [at] keystonerugby [dot] org
Treasurer - Frankie Male - treasurer [at] keystonerugby [dot] org
Secretary - Meghan Brill - secretary [at] keystonerugby [dot] org
Membership Director - Cara Smith - KRCMembership [at] gmail [dot] com
Fundraising - Maurie Smith - fundraising [at] keystonerugby [dot] org
Captain - Alison Worman - captain [at] keystonerugby [dot] org
Captain - Jessica Miron - captain2 [at] keystonerugby [dot] org

Coaching Staff:

  • Coach: Marty Sarkees
  • Assistant Coach: Chris ‘Pudge’ Ryan

Keystone’s Marty Sarkees began his rugby career at Drexel University in 1992.  Often confused for a prop, Marty played the majority of his career at inside and outside center. From ’94-’95 he was selected for the EPRU U-23 team. His Senior year at Drexel, they finished 9-1.

After graduating in 1995, Marty began playing with Media Men’s Cub for 2 years where they went to the MARFU D-II Championship and Nationals Sweet 16’s in 1996. He then moved to Brandywine in 1997, where they won their first MARFU D-II Championship in 2001, then falling to the eventual champion, Woodlands RFC out of Houston in the round of eight. In ’99 Marty played with the EPRU men’s club select. He has continued his involvement with Brandywine after hanging up his A-side boots in 2002.  Brandywine was the 2008 D-II Nationals Runner-up and 2009 and 2010 Nationals 5th place finisher.  After 8 years, he decided to come back to A-side rugby in 2010 against D-I Washington as a half-time injury replacement at 10 where he even fall his way in for a try.

Marty decided to try his hand at coaching in 2008 and took the Brandywine Women to MARFU D-II Champions, then on to a 4th place finish in the country. In 2009 Brandywine Women made it back to the MARFU D-II Championships but lost a close game in the semi-finals to eventual national champion Raleigh.

Keystone welcomes Marty, and is excited for the improvements he will bring to the club.

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Chris Ryan (aka Pudge) began his storied rugby carreer in the spring of 1980, when his older brother made him go to a practice after school.  He was instantly hooked, even thought the coaches did not see the same potential for him at wing as he did, they saw him as a prop/ hooker.  His player evaluation skills have improved greatly over the years.  He had no real honors as a player, except for being selected to play every position on the field at one time or another.  And a few stints playing for the Atlantis 7s US Invitational Side, of course he got his first invitation through a nickname mixup.  Who knew Pud and Pudge where so close.  That is until Marsh “Puddin’ Head” Pennington scored the winning try to put Philly Whitemarsh into the final four in 1989, and heard the coach scream way to go Pudge, Great Try.

Chris’ coaching career began at Bryn Mawr/Haverford Womens Rugby Club in the early 90s. and progressed thorough the years, mostly by being in the right place at the right time, to coaching at the highest levels for men’s and women’s rugby in the United States.  Chris has coached in front of 60,000 crazed rugby fans at the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Rugby Sevens and in front of 6 cold and wet parents at a Princeton University game.  Chris has been blessed to have been coached by and also coached with some of the best coaches the US has to offer in: Emil Signes, George Betzler, Al Caravelli, Julie McCoy, Peter Stienberg, Peter Bagetta, Andrew Rosato, Bitie Williams and many others (apologies to those not mentioned), he has truly been blessed in his coaching development by having been associated with all the great coaches of his career.

Chris is in his third stint with Keystone.  He has been the head coach and also the assistant forwards coach and the assistant backs coach.  He relishes the chance to work with Martin and get a chance to work with another fine coach, and further his development.


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