Skill Rugby 2019 7s Coaching Staff
Head 7s and 15s Coach Michael “Beaver” Burch: Coach Burch began his playing career in 1999 with Drexel University where he was named to both EPRU and MARFU All Star teams. His playing career continued with Schuylkill River from 2003-2011 where he was Club Captain for 4 seasons and qualified for Nationals in 7s twice, including a National 2nd place finish in 2011, and for 15s in 2006. Coach Burch was also named to Schuylkill River’s All-Time 10 Year Anniversary Team.
Coach Burch has served as Drexel’s Head Coach in both 15s and 7s from September of 2011 to the present while also serving as a Schuylkill River Assistant 7s Coach from 2012-2016, Associate Head 7s Coach in 2017 and Head 7s Coach in 2018. At Drexel his teams have participated in USA Rugby Collegiate Championships as well as the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) sponsored by Penn Mutual.
As a coach in Schuylkill River’s 7s program Coach Burch has participated in Nationals 6 times and has won 4 MAC Championships. He also played a key role in establishing Schuylkill’s U-23 Academy program which won the MAC Open Division in 2016 and 2017 and came in second place in 2018.
U23 Academy 7s Head Coach Biddy Boyle: Coach Boyle was an accomplished player on the field who played from 1977 to 2004 for Blackthorn Rugby, Philly-Whitemarsh, the EPRU All-Star team and the Atlantis Rugby Select Side 7s teams.
As a 7s coach Biddy has coached Blackthorn, Philly-Whitemarsh, Boddington, Wilmington, the MARFU All Stars, University of Delaware and Atlantis. He currently serves as the Head Coach for our U23 Academy side, Villanova University, and LaSalle High School. Coach Boyle is also serving as a coach for The North American Lions in Rugby Town and is the Director of 7s for Atlantis.
Coach Boyle holds the incredible distinction of having won a National Championship both as a player as a coach.
7s Associate Head Coach Chris Ryan: Coach Ryan has been involved with rugby for over 30+ years. He started playing at Conestoga High School in 1980 and continued to play until a torn biceps muscle stopped his career at the age of 39. He played and was selected at every position on the pitch. The clubs he played for include: Conestoga High School, East Carolina University, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh RFC, Bethlehem RFC and is player 157 of Atlantis, an invitational US 7s touring side.
He began coaching while still playing. He has honed his craft under and with a who’s who of American rugby coaches: Goerge Betzler USA Men’s 15s and 7s and Philadelphia-Whitemarsh RFC, Peter Stienberg USA Women’s 15s and 7s, Keystone RFC, Ray Cornbill USA Men’s 15s and 7s, Andrew Fautley USA Men’s and Women’s 7s, New York Rugby Club, Al Caravelli USA Men’s and Women’s 7s, Peter Bagetta USA Women’s 15s and 7s, Keystone RFC, Julie McCoy USA Women’s 7s and 15s, Atlantis 7s. And last, but not least Emil Signes Princeton University, USA Men’s 7s, USA Women’s 15s and 7s, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh RFC, Bethlehem RFC, Atllantis RFC.
Chris has won as a head coach or assistant 7 National Championships, placed 2nd three times and third 6 times. He is currently the Head Coach for Atlantis Elite Level Men’s 7s, and also the Head Coach for the Philadelphia Elite City 7s team. He has been coaching on and off at Princeton since 2005 as an assistant to Emil Signes and became the Head Coach in the fall of 2013. And he has also been the assistant for the USA women’s 7s team under two different head coaches. He has been involved at Schuylkill River since 2011, when the 7s team took 2nd place in the nation and lost only two games all year long.
7s and 15s Skills and Fitness Coach Josh Mastromatto: Coach Mastromatto came to the game of rugby after he enjoyed a tremendous football career for Kutztown University where he totaled approximately 5000 all-purpose yards in his career and scored 38 touchdowns. The team went 30-3 over his final 3 seasons after going 2-8 his freshman year and this was in large part due to his performance as a 3 time All-Conference running back and All-American all-purpose player. Coach Mastromatto has been named to Kutztown Football’s All-Decade team and has been inducted into the Kutztown University All-Time Team.
From there Coach Mastromatto embarked on a professional football career and ended up playing for the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Football League. After retiring from football Coach Mastromatto gave rugby a try and got his start as a resident with the Tiger Academy in North Carolina. He played in the famous Serevi Town 7s tournament with both Tiger as well as Atlantis and for 15s he played with Southern Pines who earned a trip to the D3 National Semi-Finals.
He then moved to Philadelphia and tried a little rugby league with the Philadelphia Fight before joining Schuylkill River. Coach Mastromatto was the MVP of Schuylkill’s 7s program in 2017 and earned a trip to Nationals with the Club. As a fun fact, he also enjoyed a short tenure on the Philadelphia 76ers dunk team.
7s Assistant Coach and 15s Backs Coach Jamie Williams: Coach Williams grew up playing rugby in England and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our club. Coach Williams’ playing career went from 1988-2015 with stops at Bristol Grammar School, Chew Valley RFC, Nottingham University, Clifton RFC, Baltimore-Chesapeake RFC, and Schuylkill River.
Coach Williams began his coaching career in 2015 and has coached Baltimore-Chesapeake as well as the Beltway Elite 7s program. As another former Schuylkill player rejoining the Club on the coaching staff Coach Williams knows what our Club is all about and is ready to help us get the job done!
7s Assistant Coach Ryan McHugh: Ryan grew up in the Northeast Frankford section of Philadelphia and graduated from Roman Catholic High School before attending St. Joseph’s University and picking up the game of rugby along the way. In his professional life Ryan is small business owner who runs a painting company.
As a rugby player/admin Ryan has done it all. His past and present coaching positions include Schuylkill River’s 7s open side and U-19 side, Roman Catholic, Neumann University, Temple University and Princeton University. Ryan has also volunteered with the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, the Wissahickon Braves, and the Narberth Otters flag rugby program. Ryan has also earned MVP honors 5 times in his men’s club rugby career and has served on various Boards in all positions.
Ryan has been a key component in Schuylkill’s commitment to giving back to the local community and connecting with the Philadelphia youth through rugby through his tireless involvement in our numerous youth initiatives. As he enters the twilight years of his playing career it is admirable to see his commitment to passing along the game of rugby to the next generation.