Ottawa Irish Rugby Club seek Men’s Head Coach

Ottawa Irish Rugby Club seek Men’s Head Coach

The Ottawa Irish Rugby Club (OIRC) was founded in 1963 and plays, develops and promotes the sport of rugby in the Ottawa area. Last season the club ran 2 men’s teams, 2 women’s teams, 4 juniors teams and a mini program. In 2015 we plan to carry those teams forward and add the return of the men’s third team.

Under the guidance of Marco Piacentini, the Ottawa Irish Men’s teams returned to the FRQ Superleague last season. After a successful return the league the Ottawa Irish wish to build on that success and make a significant impact in the league this year. To help achieve that goal we are seek a new Head Coach for the the men’s premiere and development teams.

In the last three years the Ottawa Irish have worked hard to design an executive structure which will allow the coaches to worry only about the on field performances. With Marco and Rob Turk ready to start planning the 2015 season we are looking for the right person to lead the team and the coaching staff.

We have a strong excited executive in place ready to support the coaches in the roles. Please submit an expression of interest and a brief rugby resume to by Feb. 27, 2015. The Ottawa Irish do reserve the tight to select the new coach prior to the closing date should the appropriate candidate present themselves.

Coaches Roles and Responsibilities:

Player and Team Development

  • Ensure coaching sessions are organized to include technical, tactical and mental aspects
  • Ensure coaching sessions facilitates individual player, sub unit and team development
  • Where appropriate use specialist coaches to aid player and sub unit development In conjunction
  • Develop a coaching environment that is conducive to developing performance behaviors and encourages player interaction and ownership within the program
  • Ensure all players receive performance feedback both written and verbally periodically throughout the season


  • Develop a season plan to include club & league commitments, prior to the commencement of the season
  • Ensure that Assistant coaches are communicated with prior to each training session and provide session plans prior to each session
  • Ensure that Assistant coaches are fully aware of their roles and responsibilities within the program and are supported in executing these roles and responsibilities
  • Liaise with Club AT with regard to individual players taking into account player health and welfare at all times
  • Ensure all individual performance plans are reviewed with the players during the season


NCCP Competition Intro Certified Level 1 with the goal of progressing to Level 2

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience of working with senior rugby teams
  • Track record of identifying players with potential
  • Successful track record developing players
  • Knowledge and understanding of Rugby Union and the development of team and individual performance
  • Track record of success in previous relevant coaching roles
  • Experience of being involved in a successful performance team
  • Knowledge of Long Term Player Development principles

Additional Requirements:

Satisfactory VSS and background check