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Rugby Bios

Fordham Prep Rugby is pleased the have the following individuals working with the Rugby Program:

 

Jerry Wolf Fordham Prep Director of RugbyJerry Wolf
Director of Rugby  (Parent Volunteer)

Jerry has been coaching the FP Rugby Team since its rebirth in 2011.  Approached by the group of seniors that launched the team, Jerry jumped in as a backline coach, league coordinator and spokesperson, taking on the role of Director of Rugby in 2016.  Originally from Australia, Jerry played both rugby league and rugby union while in high school.  His sons Austin ’12 and Sam ’16 have both proudly represented FP Rugby.  Austin played for SUNY Albany and Sam currently plays #8 for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.  Jerry lives in New York City with his wife Holly.

 

Dr. David Gelpi Fordham Prep Rugby Moderator

Dr. David Gelpi
Moderator / Prep Faculty

David Gelpi holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an MS from the School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. He received his BA in Religious Studies from Siena College in Loudonville, NY. A Religious Studies Department faculty member since September 1992. Dr. Gelpi has been involved with Fordham Prep Rugby since 2011 when his son Elias joined the club. He has been Club Moderator since 2012.

In addition to the Rugby Club Dr. Gelpi has also served as Moderator for several clubs: The Irish Club, Students for a Free Tibet, and Amnesty International. For several years Dr. Gelpi has organized the yearly student blood drives at Fordham Prep.
David Gelpi currently lives in Yonkers, NY with his wife Laraine, a certified Yoga instructor and School Guidance Counselor. Together they have two children. Bianca and Elias.

 

Dylan Fawsitt Varsity Head Coach Fordham Prep RugbyDylan Fawsitt
Head Varsity Coach / Forwards Coach

Dylan hails from Wexford, Ireland. He began playing rugby from a young age and fell in love with the sport, playing competitively throughout his youth. He attended high school at Blackrock College in Dublin, where he played from 2004-2009. He then joined Blackrock's coaching staff and was with them from 2009-2014. During this time he played for St. Mary's College RFC in the All Ireland League Division 1. Through his playing, he was given the opportunity to come to the U.S in September 2014 to play and coach at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Life was the number one ranked team in the country, when they won the Atlantic Rugby Premiership. Additionally, Dylan coached the Men's Collegiate Division 1A to a National Championship and also coached the Women's team to 2 National Championships. During his time in Atlanta, he was also the Head Coach for the Atlanta Harlequins in the National Women's Premier League, and the Head Coach for Atlanta Youth Rugby. Dylan graduated with a Masters in Exercise Science. After graduation, he joined the inaugural season of PRO Rugby North America where he played for the Ohio Aviators. After the season concluded, he moved to New York to play with the Old Blue Rugby Club. He is currently serving as the Assistant Coach to the Monroe College Men's Mustangs in New Rochelle. Dylan is looking forward to being a part of the Fordham Prep Rugby community.  

 

Harry Bennett Assistant Varsity Coach Fordham Prep RugbyHarry Bennett
Assistant Varsity Coach / Backs Coach 

Harry is currently a professional rugby player based in the US. Prior to arriving in the US, Harry has represented the Australian Schoolboys & was contracted to the NSW Waratahs program in the Super Rugby competition. Throughout his rugby career (domestic & abroad), he has always had a passion for coaching & has extensive experience coaching at both mens & youth level, specialising in attack & game management for both 15’s & 7’s programs.

 

Adrian Newell Strength & Conditioning Coach Fordham Prep RugbyAdrian Newell
Strength & Fitness Coach

Adrian was born and raised in the Bronx. In 2013, he graduated with my Bachelors in Communications from the University at Albany and is currently looking to complete a Masters in Physical Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He is currently a Physical Education Teacher at Fordham Prep and has been the Assistant Coach for JV Basketball for the past 4 years.  In the spring of 2011 he decided to join the UAlbany rugby team during his sophomore year and has been playing the sport ever since. It's a sport he enjoys and as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Fordham Prep Rugby, he looks to continue the successful drive that the program has built on for the past several years.


Joe Costelloe Head JV Coach Fordham Prep RugbyJoe Costelloe
Head JV Coach / Backs Coach  (Parent Volunteer)

Joe has been coaching with FP Rugby since its rebirth in 2011.  Approached by seniors starting up the program, he was thrilled to work with the JV players.  Joe grew up in Limerick, Ireland, playing for Crescent Comprehensive College and Shannon Rugby Club.  When he came to the US in 1986, he played fullback for White Plains RFC, winning the ERU Championship in 1988, Met Union Division I Championships in 1989 & 1990, and touring Zimbabwe in 1991.  Joe coached youth rugby with OGRCC Rugby for 10 years prior to starting with FP Rugby.  His u15 teams toured Ireland twice and Scotland once, posting some impressive wins.  His four sons Liam ’10, Brendan ’11, Declan ’14 & Aidan ’16 have all proudly worn the FP Rugby jersey (Liam in the alumni bracket of the Jersey Cup) and all continued to play in college.  Joe lives in Port Chester, NY with his wife Linda.


Shane McDermott JV Rugby Coach Fordham PrepShane McDermott
Assistant JV Coach / Forwards Coach  (Volunteer)

Shane has been with the FP Rugby Program since 2012.  He grew up in Co. Offaly, Ireland and played with Tullamore RFC starting at U14 and graduating to playing with Leinster U18’s.  Shane moved to London and played with the London Irish U19’s.  He came to the US in 1993 and played with New York Rugby Club, and on the Met Union Select Side, as a Prop.  He lives in Yonkers with his wife Kathy, and their son and daughter.



Kyle McVicker Assistant JV Coach

Kyle McVicker '10
Assistant JV Coach

Kyle was raised in Larchmont, New York and is a proud member of the Fordham Prep class of 2010. Having no prior experience with the sport of rugby, he joined the Boston College Men's Rugby Club during his first month of college, was hooked immediately, and ultimately became team captain as a senior. He has continued to enjoy the sport through his annual BC Alumni game, FP Alumni game, and a few 7's tournaments in the northeast with ex-BC teammates. He is now excited to be back on the pitch full time as Assistant Coach on the JV squad.


Liam Costelloe Freshman Coach Fordham Prep RugbyLiam Costelloe ‘10
Freshman Coach

Liam, together with Matteo, played rugby for OGRCC from ages 11-15.  Liam attended Fordham Prep but played his high school rugby for The Harvey School, as Fordham Prep had not yet established a team.  He went on to captain the Rochester Institute of Technology team and has played with White Plains RFC Men’s Club.  Liam most often played flyhalf, but was happy to cover when needed at fullback and center. He’s happy to be back at the Prep as a part of the Rugby Program.


Matteo Gowland Freshman Coach Fordham Prep RugbyMateo Gowland
Freshman Coach

Mateo, along with Liam, first played for OGRCC from ages 6 to 14. In High School he played four years of Varsity at Greenwich HS as scrum-half and fullback. Traveling to High School Nationals on two different occasions and setting the record for the All-Time Points Leader in Greenwich High School Rugby Club history. Named to the High School All-America team sophomore, junior, and senior year. Currently a student-athlete at Fordham University playing soccer.

 
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