The Dallas Harlequins RFC are excited to name our coaching staff for the 2021/2022 season. We’ve extended our coaching staff to better meet the needs of a resurging team. Each member of the coaching staff is committed to being the best they can be on and off the field to develop the team culture, structures, and the individual players.
As we end the 50th anniversary of our historic club, we look forward to 50 more years of high-level rugby and great rugby culture. This is an exciting year to evolve the club and continue the growth we see year over year. We look forward to your support during the upcoming season.
Men’s Head Coach – Michael ‘Moley’ Engelbrecht
Michael ‘Moley’ Engelbrecht is a TRU Hall of Famer and USA U20’s coach.
Engelbrecht first joined the Harlequins as a player in 1987 before going on to lead the club in various capacities including Head Coach & Director of Rugby. He has been a standout in every role he’s held for over 30 years and has been instrumental in most (if not all) of our historic successes.
We are excited he is going to continue his incredible legacy with the humility and wisdom he is known for.
“I’ve been with the club for over 30 years – and I truly believe this is one of the best group of guys I’ve seen in a long time. They want to develop and grow and play at a very high level, and they have the talent to do that. Despite a complicated 2021 season as a result of COVID-19, I’ve seen a huge improvement in the commitment, attitude, and fitness of the club. I’m eager to see how I can contribute to the success of the club in 2022 and beyond.” Michael Engelbrecht
A player-centered coach, with over 17 years of experience in USA Rugby age-grade pathways, we are excited to see the direction he takes the club. Once a Quin, always a Quin!
Women’s Head Coach – Whitney Wilson
Whitney Wilson will be formally taking over the Head Coach position for our Lady Quins. After starting with the Quins in 2020 as the Assistant Coach for the Lady Quins, she stepped up to the plate to run the team during our shortened 2021 season.
Whitney brings a wealth of experience to the coaching staff. She was a 2014 7’s Youth Olympian, a High School All-American, and part of the USA Rugby Women’s training pool,
Whitney is hungry to bring success to the team and ensure that both squad and club are moving in the right direction.
During the offseason, Whitney put in tremendous work behind the scenes to grow the resources available to our women and to engage old and new players alike.
“I’m looking forward to being able to grow rugby in Texas by teaching the skills I have learned from my own playing experience and the amazing coaches that I have had in the past” – Whitney Wilson
Thank you in advance for all that you do for the club Whitney, and congratulations on your recent marriage! Bring on the season. One Team One Dream!
Men’s Strength and Conditioning Coach – Matt Frings
Continuing his role for the fourth season, Matt Frings’ strength & conditioning guidance has been a vital contributor to our squad’s ability to better train, recover, and prepare for the demands of the game.
Matt began playing rugby at 9 years old for his hometown, Nottingham RFC, and was selected for the England North U20 side. Matt also has experience working within storied rugby setups such as the Wigan Warriors (Rugby League) and Preston Grasshoppers (Rugby Union). In addition to playing with our Dallas Harlequins, he has been signed to a development contract by the Dallas Jackals.
A dedicated and popular contributor both on and off the field, Matt’s support has aided a progressive upturn in on-field performance, a trend that he’s already investing further into, working closely with the senior squad on individual and tailored plans in the current off-season.
“I’m excited to see the continued improvement in our ability to play a fast and physical style of rugby. I think the boys enjoyed being on the right side of physical contests and have been putting even more effort to make 2022 our year. I think we can expect a lot of positive momentum as we start our new season.” Matt Frings
Matt Frings is a fantastic example of a player and a coach. His devotion to the game and his teammates can be seen in his consistent performance on the field and off the field. We are excited to continue working with him!
Men’s Scrum Coach – Jimmy Jewison
Jimmy Jewison is a long-standing Quin and former USA U19 International. He will be entering his 3rd year as Scrum coach during the upcoming season.
Jewison, a 13-year Harlequin and former Captain of the club, is a Tighthead Prop by trade, but able to play across the front row. This will be his 3rd year in a player/coach role with the club. Jewison is impressed with growing leadership and unity and brings stable ‘front-line’ experience in a time of growth and change for the club.
Jimmy’s loyalty to the club through many years, multiple tenures, and various levels of success is a testament to his character and value to the club. We’re excited to see where his passion and expertise take our pack.
Aged 33, Jewison still has plenty of impacts to provide on the field and is notoriously famed for his unexpected turn of pace and powerful charges. Whilst continuing to offer his experience and skill on the field, he is looking forward to the fresh challenge ahead of him.
“I am relishing the challenge of building on the foundation we’ve been building and to help take the Quins to new heights. Born on a Mountain Top!” Jimmy Jewison.
Men’s Attack Coach – Ben Heenan
Ben Heenan is a very well-traveled rugby player who has played at a high standard growing up in New Zealand before making the move to Australia where he played for U20 Western Australia. He then moved to the UK playing for Turnbridge before moving to the United States.
Ben represented the Dallas Harlequins where he played Division 1 rugby between 2012 – 2015 before taking a semi-retirement.
“I’m lucky to have worked with some very talented coaching teams and squads over my playing career and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to blend their styles into my own.
I have seen firsthand the culture, work ethic, and skill set of the Quins and cannot wait to continue their development on and off the field.”
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Ben Heenan
Men’s Lineout Coach – Blake Rodgers
Blake Rodgers has played with the Quins since 2003 when he captained The Dallas Harlequins High School Rugby team. He helped take that team to nationals in 2003 and 2004 and was on the Texas Rugby Select side that won the national cup in 2004.
Since then, Rodgers has had a prestigious playing career with multiple tours with the USA U19 national team, the Texas and Western Collegiate sides, and of course, your Dallas Harlequins.
Blake has been a leader on the team both on and off the field for as long as we’ve known him, and we’re excited to have him rounding out our coaching staff.
He brings a wealth of experience, a keen eye, and a calm mind to the Quins, and we look forward to what he cooks up.