Coaches

Fairport Rugby Club

BOYS

Head Coach: Joseph Kirsch

Forwards Coach: George Flavares

Scrum Coach: John Vakiener

Backs Coach: Rob Ruhland

Assistant Coach: Jake Friedman

Assistant Coach: Aaron Zimmerman

Assistant Coach: Marc Hayden

Boys: Coach Kirsch

Joe Kirsch has been a Social Studies teacher at Fairport High School since 2001. He began his rugby career at Buffalo State College in 1997. He played Number Eight and captained the team for three years including 1999 when Buffalo State won the New York State Championship. Kirsch was named 1999 New York State Collegiate …

Boys: Coach Flevares

Coach Flevares is a certified math and social studies teacher who is currently a teacher at Aquinas High School.  He has been with the club since 2010. He is a native of Ohio and he played 4 years of rugby at The University of Rochester, captaining the team his senior year.  As a member of the …

Boys: Coach Vakiener

John Vakiener is a New Jersey native and has lived in the Rochester area since 1981 and in Perinton since 1987. He is an employee of Kodak as US Import/Export Regulatory Compliance Manager. He has three children currently involved in Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Lacrosse programs in Fairport. Vakiener has nearly 30 years of rugby …

Boys: Coach Ruhland

Coach Ruhland played for Fairport Rugby Club from 2005 until he graduated in 2008. He played a strong role as the Loose Head Prop in Fairport Rugby’s first  win over rival McQuaid, subsequently winning FRC’s first New York State Championship. Ruhland then pursued a business administration degree at SUNY Oswego. As a freshman in 2008 …

Boys: Coach Friedman

Coach Friedman was born and raised in Fairport. He played lock for the Fairport Rugby Club his senior year in 2012. He attended The Ohio State University where he played lock and Eightman all 4 years and received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2016. Now back living in Fairport pursuing employment and playing for …

Boys: Coach Hayden

Coach Hayden joined as a parent volunteer coach in 2018. He is currently serves as the President of Fairport Rugby Club. Mark started his rugby career at the University at Albany in 1989 after playing football his freshman year. In both his junior and senior seasons, Mark started and played second row for the SUNY …

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