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Coach of the Month

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Coaching is about more than wins and losses. It is about making a positive impact on the game, the people, and the community. NCR is proud of its over 800 coaches dedicated to improving the lives of young men and women playing college rugby across the United States.

The Coach of the Month program recognizes coaches who exemplify the characteristics of a strong role model, build confidence and character in their players, devote time and energy towards building for the future, and make a profound impact in the lives of their athletes and the sport of rugby.

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Carrick Pell - Babson College
Carrick Pell - Babson College

NCR and are proud to recognize Carrick Pell as November’s Coach of the Month. Pell is the head coach of the Babson College Men’s Rugby Team and started coaching the team in 2012. 

Pell’s rugby journey started as a player in 1997 with the Birmingham Vulcans. From there, he has co-founded three rugby clubs; Jacksonville State University Rugby, Gypsy Rugby Club, and Boston 13s. Pell has also played for New Haven D1, Mystic River D1, Boston Irish Wolfhounds, and various select teams, including Texas Selects, USAF Selects, NERFU Selects, and Northeast Selects. Throughout his playing career, Pell has also coached several teams and is a United States Marine Corp Recon veteran and United States Air Force veteran. 

Nominated by his players at Babson College, they hold the utmost respect for their coach. “As the son of an SEC football coaching legend, a former recon marine, near-olympian cyclist, and member of a men’s rugby national championship team, Carrick brings discipline and experience to every aspect of the game. From mindset to physical preparation and performance, to analysis and education, Coach has instilled an attitude of responsibility and commitment with an attention to detail. ”

Pell’s Babson College team is fresh from a Small College XVs National Championship during the recent championship weekend in Houston, TX, which adds to the team’s 2023 National 7s Championship this past April. In addition to the team’s postseason success, Pell also has helped to organize and manage spring break training trips to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. During their trip to St. Thomas in 2019, the team aided in hurricane recovery. 

A player from Pell’s team added “It's not just philosophic though, he puts in the time and sweat equity to make things happen and leads by example. He loves coaching and is committed to helping the team accomplish their goals. Beyond rugby though, Carrick is committed to developing young men to become leaders – at home, at work, in the community and in life.”


Sarah Price - US Coast Guard Academy Women
Sarah Price - US Coast Guard Academy Women

NCR and are proud to recognize Sarah Price as October’s Coach of the Month. Price is the head coach of the Coast Guard Academy Women’s Rugby Team. Price started coaching the team in 2018 as an assistant coach and took over as the head coach in the fall of 2022. 

Price started playing rugby at the University of Michigan and played with the Midwest Select Sides. Once she graduated, Price took over as the head coach for the women’s rugby team. Work took her away from rugby for a few years, but once she landed at the Coast Guard Academy as a visiting faculty member, she was eager to get back into rugby.

Players from the Coast Guard Academy Women’s Rugby Team have nothing but respect for their coach. “She goes out of her way to be a supportive coach, on and off the field, even though she's a very high ranking official within the school and is very busy. She is very willing to help with recommendation letters, flexible about missing practices and games, and just wants us to be the best we can be on and off the field.”

The Coast Guard Academy Women’s Rugby Team has been first in the NEWCRC for the past four years. The team has just qualified for the National XVs Semifinals on December 2 in Houston, TX. 


Philip Payne - Ohio Wesleyan University
Philip Payne - Ohio Wesleyan University

NCR and are proud to recognize Philip Payne as September’s Coach of the Month. Payne is the head coach of the Ohio Wesleyan University's Women's and Men's Rugby teams. He is in his third year with the program, and has enjoyed teaching the game and building up the club. 

In the spring of 2023, the Ohio Wesleyan Women's sevens team finished sixth in the country at the Collegiate Rugby Championship. Payne previously spent three seasons as the Head Coach for the Columbus Men's (Scioto Valley) Division 1 Premiership side. He also coached for ten years as the Head Coach for The Ohio State University Women's team, and five years as an Assistant Coach for the Ohio State University Men's team, where he learned from Tom Rooney and Dan Porter.

Coach Payne spent two years as the Forwards Coach for the Midwest Men's Collegiate Thunderbirds, where he learned from Sopa Enari and Simon Bidmead. He also coached the Ohio U19 Girls High School and Ohio Collegiate Men's All-Stars.

Players from the Ohio Wesleyan University Women’s team have nothing but praise for their coach. “Coach Payne has helped rebuild our club from four people during the pandemic to over twenty. He strives to make every mistake a learning opportunity and wants rugby practice to be our favorite part of the week.”

“Besides his coaching, we also had seven Scholastic All Americans which shows he supports us in all aspects of life, not just on the pitch.” 

Payne started playing rugby in 1984 for South Pittsburgh, and went on to play at Baldwin-Wallace University. He is married to Carol Payne, and they have one daughter, Cosette, who is a high school senior.