Appointment of Paul Connelly as 2017 Head Coach of the Men’s Rugby Program
The Oshawa Vikings are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Connelly as Head Coach of the Men’s Rugby Program for the 2017 season.
A NCCP Level 3 / IRB Level 2 coach, Paul is presently Head of Physical Education at Uxbridge Secondary School where he has lead the “TIGERS” to the “OFSAA FINAL FOUR” in 10 of the last 13 years, including Silver Medalists in 2004, 2007, 2010 and Ofsaa Gold in 2011 and 2016. Over 80 Uxbridge players have represented Ontario at age grade rugby, with 10 progressing to National Team honours.
At the representative level, Paul has been involved with Rugby Ontario since 1998. Hi-Lights include working with numerous outstanding young men to bring home Canada U-18 National Championships as well as Canada Games Gold in 2009.
At the National age grade level, Paul was assistant coach with Canada U-19 from 2004-2007 (4th Place at the IRB U-19 World Championships /Pool B) as well as leading the Canada U-19 tour of England in 2012.
In 2012, Paul moved into an assistant coaching role with the Ontario Senior Blues Men’s Program (working alongside Head Coach Chris Silverthorn, Manager Mark Winokur and Analyst “Koko” Lozada). In what was “one of the most enjoyable coaching experiences of my life” the staff helped to guide the “Blues” to 5 MacTier Cup Championships; resulting in many players moving forward to selection with the National Senior Men’s Program.
“I look forward to my new role with the Oshawa Vikings Senior Men’s Program. With an already established quality club environment, a very successful Junior Program and a strong core group of returning players; I have no doubt that the VIKINGS future looks very bright.”
“Our club goal will be very simple: Work very hard, have tonnes of fun and most importantly play great rugby.”
The VIKINGS wish Paul and the players the best of luck in the upcoming season.