“I am an experienced rugby coach and former professional player with ten years at the top of the game, a passion for rugby and ambition to help coaches and players reach their rugby potential.”
Current Coaching Roles
Director of Rugby, U.S. Naval Academy
Through the great sport of rugby, I develop the teamwork, decision-making and leadership skills of our Midshipmen. With my coaching team we deliver a positive student athlete experience by creating a winning culture in a professional environment. I am inspired to help players develop skills for rugby and for life through this enjoyable and challenging sport.
USA Collegiate All-American Head Coach
Heading up the coaching team and co-ordinating the Eagle Network of scouts across the US, Gavin delivers a program which celebrates the outstanding collegiate rugby players along with identifying and developing future Eagles.
Previous College Coaching Position
Head Coach Dartmouth College
August 2012-July 2017
Leading the coaching team tasked with delivering a successful year long rugby programme for 80+ players in both formats of the game. Involved in all aspects of the team, from planning and delivering training sessions to team selection, games tactics and support administration.
Winners: Ivy League Champions (XVs) 2012, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Winners: Ivy League Champions (7s) 2012, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Winners: New England 10s 2013
Winners: Granite Cup (XVs) 2012, 2013
Winners: USA Rugby National 7s Bowl Winners (7s) 2012
CRC 7s: Quarterfinalists 2013, 2014
USA Rugby 7s: Bowl Winners 2012, 3rd 2013
“Gavin has emerged as one of the top young coaches in the country, and it will be fun to work with him and his team as they grow throughout the year.”
Technical Advisor to Dartmouth Rugby & National Development Director USA Rugby
Gavin Hickie Key Skills
Extensive XVs Coaching Skills
- Experience as a Coach & Professional Player
- Coached all ages Youth, U20, Men’s & Elite
- Successful Rugby Camps, Clinics and Tournament Experience
- All Areas of Forwards Play & Set Piece Tactics
- Improving Individual Technical Skills
- Player Development and Mentoring
Key 7s Experience
- Knowledge of Game Tactics
- Rugby Positions Key Skills
- Specific Drills, Training and Fitness
- Skills development – Tackles/Missed Tackles, Offloads, Line Breaks
Proven track record of leading teams to regional and national titles and nurturing new talent. Experience in coaching all age grades and formats of the game.
USA Rugby Coaching Clinics & Conferences, January 2012-Present
Running training days introducing coaches to key coaching skills.
Presented at Youth Development Conference in Atlanta 2012, Philadelphia 2015.
Online Coaching via LineoutCoach.com, April 2011-Present
Providing online video analysis and coaching advice, blogs on US rugby news, and training tips via videos on YouTube.
Forwards Coach of Leicester Tigers Academy, 2008
“I have been impressed by Gavin’s ability to communicate the technical aspects of rugby to both players and coaches. His knowledge of the game and in-depth video analysis means he can make a significant contribution to the teams he works with.”
USA Rugby HP Player Development Manager & Specialty Coach, USA Eagle (62 caps)
“Gavin coached the Leicester Tigers Academy on a successful tour. As a coach he is very effective and extremely dedicated.”
Director of Rugby, Leicester Tigers
“He very quickly developed a tactical appreciation for Sevens rugby, we incorporated his ideas into our training regime and game plan.”
Coach Australia 7s & Ireland 7s
“Possessing exceptional knowledge and insight into set piece play, Gavin’s acutely aware of the importance of forwards roles.”
Coach Leinster, Ireland A, Scotland
“Since the 1-on-1 sessions, Brian is 1st team Captain and a leader on the pitch. His lineout success rates increased dramatically from 40% to 90%.”
Coach Trinity College, CUS
“The analysis and knowledge Gavin provides in all areas of the game is outstanding. His ability to identify finer technical points in my team and weak areas of the opposition has really helped improve our performance. Try his consultancy you will not regret it.”
College Head Coach, Junior National Coach, Asia