WHO WE ARE
Established in 2015, the Institute of Rugby was created by a group of sports-driven individuals who decided to accept the challenge of providing a top-notch platform for young, aspiring athletes to thrive in.
Since our journey began, our team has adopted the mentality of continuously growing and evolving to provide state of the art coaching, resources and facility access for all who walk through our doors.
We are a dynamic, multi faceted organization that provides opportunities for athletes at a variety of ages and abilities, catering to the development level of all. Our coaches have built our programming on the principle of developing the total-athelte which includes components that stretch beyond the field. Explore the Total-Athlete Development System and Long-Term Athlete Development Pathway which are the foundations in which our programming is built upon.
Our goal is to provide you, the athlete, the optimal enviornment for you to achieve the aspirations you have set before yourself.
Founder - Director of Coaching
As a player, Matt started his career in the United States playing for OMBAC rugby club and was part of the Super League Championship side in 2006. He also represented the SoCal Griffins Men’s team at the Territorial Championship in 2007 and played in the North America 4 Championships in 2008.
Matt then went on to play for the USA 7’s side and Captained the team for a number of years and represented the United States at 2 7’s Rugby World Cups in 2009 & 2013. Matt has represented the Eagles 15s team and was capped in 2010 during the Churchill Cup and is a former USAR Board member and held a position on the Rugby Committee. Matt first started coaching when he was 18 and has always had a passion for it.
Matt has coached the full spectrum, from Youth U8 players all the way through College and to the highest accolade as National team Head Coach. Matt steered Belmont Shore to three 7s National Championship Finals in 2009,2010 & 2011 and won two of those Championships. In Matt’s first year as the San Diego State Head Coach he took the team to the D1AA 15s National Championship Final in 2012. In 2012 Matt also coached the first AZTEC 7s team and helped them Qualify for the US National Championships in their inaugural year. 2012 also presented Matt with the opportunity to lead the All Marine Rugby team to their first Armed Forces 7s Championship title and for the 2013/2014 7’s World Series, Matt was the Olympic 7s program Head Coach.
In 2015 Matt was part of a group that brought PRO Rugby to San Diego and will fulfilled a General Manager role and Assistant Coach role for the San Diego based side in PRO Rugby’s inaugural year. Matt in 2016 took the lead as the SoCal Griffins Head Coach.
Matt has spent a lot of his time dedicated to the San Diego Rugby community and has dedicated many hours to the Youth and High School programs, helping to develop the next generation of Eagles from the San Diego County area, but more importantly providing a platform and a conduit for the players he works with to have direct interaction with College Rugby programs to help identify the next step in their academic and rugby career with rugby serving as the launchpad to attain those goals.
Founder - Director of Operations
As a player, Hannah started her rugby career in 2007 and was part of the Rugby Oregon All-stars for all three years of her high school career. Once graduated, Hannah continued her playing career at Oregon State University where she captained the team all four years. During her time at Oregon State, she earned caps for the Junior and Collegiate All-American programs touring internationally to both the Bahamas and Paris, France. Once completing her time at Oregon State, Hannah continued her rugby career with the USA Women’s 7s program training at the Olympic Training Center for two years and earning her first international cap for the Eagles.
Throughout her years playing, Hannah has held multiple coaching roles including Head Coach for the San Diego Regional All-Star Team, Technical Coach for the SoCal Griffins and Assistant Coach for the San Diego Surfers 7s team. Hannah has spent her time over the past few years investing in the local SoCal community and spending time growing and fostering athletes who participate in all age grades. Hannah has a special passion for growing and developing girls rugby and recently has launched the San Diego Girls Rugby program, a non-contact girls only league designed to get more girls in the game.
From activating youth programs to coaching high performing athletes, Hannah has a deep passion for elevating the game of rugby in the local SoCal community.
Rugby Development Officer & Youth Coach
Alev Kelter found rugby in 2014, two short years before being chosen as one of the original 12 female rugby athletes to represent Team USA for the first time on the Olympic stage in Rio De Janeiro.
Kelter brings to the table years of national and international experience and has been involved with Olympic Development Programs since she was 14. She was a dual Division I athlete in ice hockey and soccer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Kelter was chosen again to represent Team USA alongside 27 talented athletes for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup this past summer in Ireland. She continues to train at the Elite Athlete training Center in Chula Vista, CA with the Sevens national team, as they prepare for the World Rugby Sevens Series, and the Sevens World Cup taking place next summer in San Francisco.
Ryan Matyas, USA 7s and 15s Eagle, started playing U19 rugby in 2002. Matyas attended University of Arizona and also competed for Tondu RFC Bridgend, Wales U.K, New York Old Blue, San Diego PRO Rugby and North Harbour 7s Auckland, NZ.
Currently Matyas is training within the USA 7s and USA 15s Rugby pool with an eye set to make the Rugby World Cup 2018 7s squad.
Matyas has an extensive coaching background including working for ATAVUS (formerly Serevi Rugby), Play Rugby USA, Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, USA Rugby High School All Americans and the New Zealand Rugby Union.
High Performance Coach, Director of Tackle Ready
Rob’s playing career started at London Irish in 1999, spending 5 seasons with the club and winning the Powergen Cup in 2002. In 2004 Hoadley moved away from London Irish to join rivals London Wasps. During his time at London Wasps the club won the 2004-05 Zurich Premiership, 2005–06 Anglo-Welsh Cup, 2006-07 Heineken Cup, 2007–08 Guinness Premiership.
After retiring from playing, Rob joined the coaching staff at London Wasps in 2009 as Defence Coach. He was also appointed Defence Coach for the Wales under-20 team in 2009, going to two world cups in Japan and Argentina. For the 2012 season, Rob moved to Tokyo to coach Ricoh Black Rams in the Japanese Top League. Following Japan, he came to America and took on the role of backs coach for the United States national team in February 2016. This coincided with duties as assistant coach for the San Diego Breakers in the American PRO League.
High Performance Coach
Zack started playing rugby at age 13 and quickly was identified and entered the USA Rugby pathway, earning caps in U15-U20 divisions. Zack played in the 2007 and 2008 Junior World Cup and debuted for the USA 7s team in 2008. Zack has be selected 8 times for Dream team selection on the World Rugby 7s Circuit and in 2014/15 Zack made the all series, Dream Team.
Zack also competed in the 2013 7s World Cup, 2015 15s World Cup, and was one of the final 12 selected to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. During his rugby career, Zack scored 143 tries and had 64 appearances.
In 2017 Zack took on the coaching roll as head backs and defensive Coach for the Maccabiah Gold Medal team and has recently been appointed as head coach for the San Diego State University 7s Rugby program.
Ben Pinkleman, Team USA Rugby Olympian and current USA 7s athlete played rugby at Colorado State University when he was first identified into the USA Rugby pathway. During his time at Colorado State University, Pinkleman was selected for the USA U20s to play in Hong Kong for the junior world trophy where we placed third.
After his time as an athlete at CSU, Pinkleman returned to Colorado State University to be an assistant coach while still training and being in the USA 7s athlete pool. Over the past few seasons, Pinkelman has earned 13 sevens caps as well as an appearance in the Olympics in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro.
Pinkleman most recently has become certified as a level 300 coach.
Hank is the EXOS Performance Coach for the Institute of Rugby athletes. Hank handles all of the Institute of Rugby’s physical performance testing, performance programming and executing leads all on-field speed and agility training and in the gym strength and conditioning.
CSCS, USATF, USAW, XPS; Performance Manager
Roy Holmes joined EXOS (Formerly know as Athletes’ Performance) in 2011 as an Elite and Amateur Performance Specialist.
Roy began his career as a Physical Therapy Aide with the Center for Athletic Performance in Scottsdale, Arizona. Throughout Roy’s career he has had the opportunity to work with several NFL, CFL and Arena football athletes, such as Grey Cup winner Airabin Justin and Super Bowl champion Keith O’Neil. During the 2012 combine season Roy was able to work with the number one over draft pick in the NFL Andrew Luck (Stanford) and offensive lineman Ben Heenan of the CFL. Roy also over saw the top over all Defensive back, Josh Robinson (UCF), who ran a 4.33 yd time. Roy prides himself as a movement and speed development specialist and is the current head strength and conditioning coach for the San Diego Breakers Rugby team.
Roy is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he played as a defensive back for the Lumberjacks. Roy is currently the performance manager for EXOS San Diego, California and a consultant for the Institute of Rugby.
MS, RD; Performance Dietitian; EXOS
Krysten McCaughey, MS, RD is the current EXOS San Diego Performance Dietitian. Krysten graduated with a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Loma Linda University. She previously worked with the Los Angeles Clippers dietitian for 2 years and spent a short time working in the performance nutrition department at both USC and EXOS Arizona. She specializes in sports performance nutrition and is passionate about working with athletes to help them achieve optimal performance.