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The annual Girls Rugby Camp, sponsored and hosted by Fullerton Rugby Foundation has been a traditional event for all female rugby players from 13 - 17 years of age. The purpose of the camp is to improve rugby skills and join in the camaraderie of girls rugby, before the start of the official league season. Griffin Girls coaches also use this opportunity to spot talent and update the eligibility list of the SoCal Griffin Girls All Star team.
Billy Nicholas has been the Lindenwood women’s rugby Head Coach since September 2014. Billy comes from Buffalo, NY where he was a former football and lacrosse player he attended SUNY Cortland and earned Honors, Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education as well as Honors in Master of Science in Health Education in 2009.
Billy spent several years teaching in the South Bronx and serving as an athletic director. During his teaching experience he was the head coach of boys and girls high school programs winning three NYC PSAL 7s championships consecutively with over 63 consecutive victories, coached the Empire Select U19 team to a 2nd place All-Star finish and Play Rugby USA girls to a New York State 2014 15s championship. During this period Nicholas was a member of Old Blue RFC and played 15s and 7s in New York City for two years where he attributes the majority of his rugby experience and learning.
Nicholas was a coach with the 2014 inaugural Old Blue Women’s RFC 7s team which finished first in the Northeast Region and finished 2nd in the Nation for Women’s Club 7s. Nicholas has been a coach with one of the Elite 7s programs in the history of rugby, Atlantis, and coaches with APEX Academy based out of Summit, CO. Nicholas has led Atlantis U19 and Women’s teams to top finishes in NYC 7s, Vegas 7s and Tobago 7s tournaments. Nicholas has spent professional development time working alongside the USA Women’s 7s Eagles at the Olympic Training Center and at the American Rugby Pro Training Center ODA in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Nicholas was named one of the 2014 USA Rugby Coaches of the Year at the National Development Summit in Philadelphia. In his first season at Lindenwood University he led the program to their first Elite 8 appearance in 15s and a 2nd place in the Nation finish in Spring 7s at the Collegiate Rugby Championships.