Men's Sevens HC Mike Friday Headlines Initial Release of 2017 NDS Speakers

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby has announced Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Mike Friday will speak at the 2017 National Development Summit taking place Jan. 13-15, 2017 in Baltimore, MD at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

Friday headlines the initial release of speakers at the event, which includes a variety of both past and new presenters to the NDS. Friday most recently coached the Team USA Men’s Sevens team in rugby’s return to the 2016 Rio Olympics. He once again will lead the USA Rugby Men’s Sevens squad on another promising HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tour beginning Dec. 2 in Dubai.

Joining Friday, are a host of initial speakers sure to appeal to every facet of the rugby world. New speakers include: KJ Feury of Morris Rugby, Robert Taylor, Founder and Owner of SMARTER Team Training and Bryan Miller, an Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach at the United States Naval Academy. Taylor and Miller will bring to the table a new area of expertise at the NDS covering strength and conditioning as a preventative function to concussions and other sports injuries.

Returning presenters include: Founder and Owner of the Rugger’s Edge, Karen Fong-Donoghue, USA Rugby HP Referee Manager, Richard Every, USA Rugby Collegiate Director, Rich Cortez. Development Officer School also returns to NDS, with training for youth development officers on Sunday, including the new certification course in Rookie Rugby.

“We’re putting together a fantastic group of speakers which reflect feedback we received from the community,” said USA Rugby Director of Training and Education Kenny Forehand. “We’re focusing the 2017 NDS on our community and looking towards the future of rugby in the U.S. over the coming years.”

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