MEET THE COACHES
Coach Thys is originally from South Africa where he played professional rugby for the Falcons and represented the South African Rhinos. After moving to the USA he played for the Southern California Griffins, Santa Monica RFC and Belmont Shore in the Super League. He is the Co-Founder of Malibu RFC that represents the USA in international tournaments in Europe, Argentina and South Africa. Coach Thys is Level 300 certified, a level 2 World Rugby Union referee and is the Tiger Rugby Midwest Regional Director, an Olympic Rugby Sevens Performance Program. He also coaches New Trier High School and the Tornados, the Illinois All State select U/19 side.
Coach Jon is a Middle School teacher at Baker Demonstration School in Wilmette. He spent his formative years in Australia where he played rugby in high school, college and with various clubs in Sydney and Newcastle. He is passionate about teaching and coaching today’s youth about rugby in order to grow the game in the United States. While Jon has coached many different sports at the Middle School level, at his current school, he implemented a successful Rookie Rugby program for kids from 2nd to 8th grade. He is a certified Level 200 coach with USA Rugby.
Coach Phil is a Performance Coach with the Chicago Sports Institute and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Poliquin Certified Coach (PICP) and is certified as a Precision Nutritionist (PN-1). Phil has been coaching professional, college, and elite athletes as well as active individuals since 2006. Phil played college rugby at UW-La Crosse, where he was also the team manager and representative for the Wisconsin Rugby Union.