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"Though we play to win, our coaching philosophy is to first focus on developing our players’ skills, character and positive competitive spirit, with the objective of helping them become accomplished rugby players."

Our coaches take rugby seriously and understand the delicate nature of teaching safe contact and other skills. Rugby is their passion – and they have a deep-rooted desire to share that with others and inspire the youth of our community to be a part of something great! Here’s a bit about their backgrounds:

COACH DOUG: Coach Doug (Doug Higgins) is a 1992 graduate of Timken High School, and owner of Downtown Automotive Service Center. Doug played rugby with the Canton Maddogs from 1992 until 2015. Doug was 4-time captain, and also served as Vice President of Canton Rugby. Coach Doug holds a Level 200 coaching certificate from USA Rugby, is CPR certified, and SafeSport certified. Doug has been a part of Panther Rugby from day fact, he has donated every jersey that our kids have ever played in! Doug is currently the Head Coach of the Middle School Boys and Girls Teams, and assistant Head Coach of the High School Boys and Girls Teams. 




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