Indiana Appoints New Director of Rugby and Fifteens Head Coach

D1A Rugby: Indiana Appoints New  Director of Rugby  and Fifteens Head Coach
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Indiana University (IU) has announced David Fee and Justin Goonan as the new director of rugby and men’s head coach for fifteens, respectively. Both men have extensive experience in rugby, with Fee being a capped Eagle and representing the United States in both a fifteens (2003) and sevens (2005) World Cup. Lately, Fee has been keeping himself busy i working as a 7s coach for Indiana, the Chicago Lions and has assisted with the U.S Youth Olympic Team.

Goonan has worked across college, professional and national team levels. Beginning with internships with the London Scottish RFC and the Durban Sharks academy in South Africa. More recently he has been working with Dartmouth College where he had been working with their Strength and Conditioning department. Earlier this year Goonan had been assisting the USA Rugby Men’s Fifteens program in a similar capacity.

“IU has a strong rugby tradition, heavily involved alumni and parents, and a hot-bed of HS and youth talent surrounding them.” Fee noted, “The opportunity, the program, the timing, the ability to have a Two-Headed Monster with Justin, all just came together for a great fit and am excited to be a part of it.”

Gonnan also appreciated the potential that lies within the program, “I firmly believe IU (men & women) can join the elite programs in the country, and the Big 10 Brand is something we look to build and grow.” 

Indiana has a strong program and has enjoyed success in recent years. Their successes include winning the Big 10 in 2017, and after reaching as high as 6th in the rankings they finished  the 2017/18 season ranked thirteenth in the country.  Plenty of promise lies within the team, and the new duo will hope they are able to take them to new heights.