Congratulations to Tyler Scott, Head Coach of Grace Colleges Women’s Rugby Club on his selection as the Penn Mutual Coach of the month for December.
Tyler got hooked on rugby during a summer abroad in Australia. During his senior year of college (2006) he joined the local club in Greenville, SC and played with them until he completed grad school in 2014. His first job was at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA where he was able to get a club started with Bryn Chivers. When he moved to Grace College in 2018, they were looking to expand their athletic programs and emphasized club sports. Being a full-time employee as a physics professor, made it easier for them to get the women’s rugby club started. Tyler has played rugby for about 10 years and has coached for about four.
Within the last year, Tyler has established a brand new program, recruited, and built a campus presence during the COVID19 pandemic. In the Fall 2020 season, not only did he lead his team to the #NCRVirtualRugbySeason playoffs, but he actually got his team on the field. The Grace College women played a 7s series with Tiffin University allowing their new team to maintain during its infancy. Angela Smarto, NCR Interim Women’s Director, who nominated Tyler, said “creating a real and virtual rugby experience for a new team this season was so much work, and I admire his commitment to grow his team.”