To Whom It May Concern:
Boston College students are given one directive when they graduate: Go set the world aflame. That is, go out into the world and demonstrate what it means to be men and women for others. I was a sophomore at Boston College when Gene Mountjoy became head coach of our Rugby Football Club. It was clear from moment one that he was a man on fire.
Gene has a palpable passion for the game of rugby. Whether it is giving a chalk talk, running practice, or making corrections in a match the man is absolutely buzzing. His energy for the game is infectious, and it took root in many of us at Boston College. Lunch breaks were spent drawing up set piece moves, weekday nights gathered to watch old rugby matches, all of us on fire about learning and playing rugby. Within our team, Gene ignited a love for the game and its tactics.
If Gene’s passion for the game is contagious, his love for its community is unstoppable. Any technical or physical skill he develops in his players is a distant second to the sense of belonging and brotherhood he fosters amongst his team. We were taught to ask after our teammate’s sick grandmother, to care for the person lining up next to us. This was done not because we need that player on Saturdays, but because he or she was our family; rugby is a family. Gene made us a family at Boston College, and sent us out into the wider rugby community as one of its own.
Gene Mountjoy may not have a degree from Boston College, but he lives out that school’s charge every day he coaches rugby. He gives others the toolset to play rugby properly, beautifully if one listens well enough. And in doing so he ignites an ardor for the game and its incredible, global community. He did all of these things for me, and I have seen him do it for others from coast to coast.
To Whom It May Concern:
I had the pleasure of meeting Eugene in the spring of 2015 when I coached under his leadership for the Northern California All Star program. I coached the forwards while Eugene held the position of Head Coach. This was an incredible experience for myself and the high school boys we coached.
Eugene successfully led all-star program to such quality, the team beat the England Lambs Touring side at Golden Gate Park. The team then carried on their winning at the RAST tournament in Bakersfield where the team beat both Southern California and Washington over the weekend. The challenge of coaching an All Star team is the very short amount of time available both in selection and for practice. Eugene’s success started with selecting the right coaching team and squad, but far more importantly he set a culture in place of fundamentals that both his staff and players understood and respected.
Eugene treats youth players with a rare respect in this day and age he brings out a culture in which both players and staff flourish. I have gone on to work closely with Eugene in multiple high school and youth coaching as well as running training courses for Northern California Youth Rugby coaches. Over and over again Eugene shows a great understanding of the tactical knowledge, skill base, fitness and analysis of rugby union. He shows an unwavering dedication to the game and the boys and girls he coaches. In short the kids undergo rigorous training and work hard, but they love and trust him because they and their parents see the results. Eugene challenges his players to get better and he gives them the tools to do so.
If you want to learn rugby or you want your kid to learn rugby I can’t think of a better man to coach you’re kids.
I look forward to many hours of coaching alongside him.
Andy Malpass .
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