The New England Free Jacks have announced initial coaching and management appointments for the Major League Rugby (MLR) outfit.
Headed by Free Jacks Head Coach, Scott Mathie, and newly appointed General Manager, Tom Kindley, the Free Jacks prepare for MLR 2023 with key appointments across the high-performance spectrum, and establish a world-class management team to take on the season ahead.
The Free Jacks coaching team will be led by returning MLR coach of the year, Scott Mathie, and growth-minded practitioner, Mike Rogers. This dynamic and complementary coaching duo will continue to develop the young and diverse talent assembled in Quincy, MA, and further extend the pathways to the professional game in New England with coaching opportunities at the Junior Jacks and Independents levels.
Mathie and Rogers will look to build on their inaugural success in MLR, having achieved the most wins in an MLR season (13), the most consecutive wins in the competition (10), and a league topping 13/3 regular season finish.
Known as the ‘giant killer’, Mathie joined the Free Jacks ahead of the 2022 campaign having enjoyed a successful tenure with the Griquas in South Africa’s Currie Cup and SuperSport Rugby Challenge. A development focused coach at the cutting edge of the modern game, Mathie brings an understanding of the qualities of successful high-performance environments to the role from his experience as a top-level scrumhalf across South Africa and the English Premiership. Mathie will look forward to returning with his wife Leigh and son Jackson as they embark on a second season in Quincy, MA, and build on the successes of 2022.