qualifications: NCCP level 3; Rugby Canada learning facilitator Introduction to Competition
Sandy is known as one of the most qualified rugby coaches in the independent school system. Recent coaching honours include Senior Boys’ Rugby championships in 2003 and 2007 and a CISAA gold win in Curling in 2009. Mr. Townsend coached the McGill University Rugby team and the Quebec team at the 1992 Canadian Junior championships in Calgary as well as the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon. His experience extends to Head Coach of the Toronto Rugby Union U18 Team, Head Coach of the Ontario Rugby Union U21 team, and for the past decade has coached the Aurora Barbarians RFC u18 team.
Ryan has been actively involved in elite athletic development for many years both as an athlete, coach and program administrator. Ryan brings the club the goal of assisting in the rapid skill development and vertical integration of junior players into the senior men's program. Ryan's most recent work saw him acting as the athletic director at PEAC School For Elite Athletes in Toronto. He taught and coached at the school from 2006-2013 where he had the unique opportunity to work with some of the top aspiring student athletes from around world, in a variety of sports. A couple of his favourite previous students include local hockey superstars, Connor MacDavid and Daniel Catenacci.
Rugby Playing Experience:
Canada East vs. Canada West - Senior Men - 2006
Ontario Senior Men's XV - 1998-2007
McCormick Cup Champions - Brantford Harlequins -2003
Canada Summer Games - Ontario U19 Rugby - 1997
McCormick Cup Finalists - Aurora Barbarians -2007
Ontario Rugby Union Marshall Division All Star -2005
Niagara Thunder and Ottawa Harlequins - Rugby Canada Super League - 2001-2007
"The Academy" Rugby Canada Elite Athlete Development Program, Queens University -2001-2003
Brantford Collegiate Institute (BCI) High School Rugby 1992-1997