As previously announced the 2022 Mary Graham All Stars are returning for our sixth annual event! Mary Swanstrom returns as the Head Coach of the TRU “Texas Toast” All Stars and is joined by assistant coaches Elaine Vassie, Megan Barrett and Holly Iker. The coaching staff is further rounded out with mental skills specialist Mattison Grey and Team Manager Traci Young.
Head Coach Mary Swanstrom said, “I’m so excited to be involved again. This year is all about growth. Growth of the tournament with more All Star teams joining the competition. Growth of the staff with the addition of some amazing women that I can’t wait to work with. And most importantly growth of our team. We hope to have many returners from last year’s team and have new players joining as the program grows. Can’t wait!”
The All Star dates and locations were chosen based on existing rugby schedules in order to decrease travel for players. The first development and selection camp will be in Houston on Sunday, October 9. The second camp will be in Grand Prairie on Sunday, October 30.
As in years past, the 2022 TRU All Star team will be selected from these camps. If athletes are not able to attend but would still like to be considered for the team, please contact TRU All Stars Manager Traci Young ASAP. The selected team will play in the Austin Valkyries Bat City Tournament on Saturday, November 12 and hold an additional training on Sunday, November 13.
All TRU members who are 18 years old (as of December 1, 2022) are eligible to play. College players that are also 18 years and older are eligible but will need to register with USA Rugby and the TRU with the club TRU All Stars.
Players are encouraged to RSVP to camps by October 3. There is no cost to attend the development and selection camps.
TRU Development & Selection Camps
- Oct 9 from 9:30-4 PM (Sunday) – AVEVA Stadium Practice Fields in Houston, TX
- Oct 30 from 9:30-4 PM (Sunday) – Prairie Park in Grand Prairie, TX
TRU Team Training Camp
- Nov 12-13 (Saturday and Sunday) – Austin, TX
2022 Mary Graham All Stars Tournament
- When: December 3-4
- Where: Grand Prairie, TX
- Watch: All matches will be broadcast on the TRU Youtube channel and Facebook page
For more details on the event, go to https://texasrugbyunion.com/mary-graham-all-stars/.
Mary has been involved in rugby since 1991 when she began playing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She has played all over the United States, most notably with Chicago North Shore and San Diego Surfers. While playing, she began coaching in the late 90s, helping out with various college programs. After a career ending injury while in the Navy, she took on her first head coaching role with the San Diego Armada men’s rugby team. Over the last 20 years she has coached at the high school boys, college women, college men, adult club women, adult club men, and various all-star programs.
Mary is also a Licensed Athletic Trainer working with the U.S. Air Force, focusing on spinal injury prevention with fighter pilots. She has a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology and exercise science from California State University, Sacramento. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Athletic Training from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Also a World Rugby Educator, she serves as the USA Rugby Training and Education Southern Region Administrator, is a member of both the USA Rugby Senior Club Council Training and Education Committee and USA Youth and High School Training and Education committees.
Elaine returns to the TRU All Stars after taking a few years off. During her time away she held the title of General Manager and attack coach for the Dallas Jackals, in 2018, she was appointed as Division 1 side Dallas Harlequins’ new director of rugby and Men’s Head Coach and in 2016, Vassie was announced as coach of Scotland Women’s 7’s team ahead of their upcoming European Championships.
Megan began playing rugby in college at Washington State University and won two national championships. She was then capped and played with the USA Women’s XVs program before eventually moving to the USA 7’s team. She played with the sevens program for three years as a regular on the HSBC World Rugby series and boasting a silver medal at the Pan American games. After rugby she completed her degree in Physical Therapy and now practices in Houston, TX.
Holly is also returning as a coach for the TRU All Stars. She has been involved in rugby since 1996 as a player for the Oklahoma Roses. In 2002 she became assistant coach of the Roses and eventually head coach in 2011 which she maintains today. She has also coached the Heart of America U23 All Stars, the TRU U23 and Senior All Stars and the Central South U23s.
Holly is also USA Rugby Project SOAR coach and recipient of a 2019 Premiership Rugby Scholarship that sent her to Warwickshire, England for an immersive coaching experience in the United Kingdom.
Holly is an Attorney at Law serving Norman, OK in Family Law, Adoption Law and Child Custody.
Mattison Grey M.Ed. is a Leadership and Performance Specialist and Certified Professional Business, Leadership, and Executive Coach. Since 1997, Mattison has been coaching teams and individuals and consulting in organizations in the areas of leadership, communication, teamwork, and high performance. From 2015-2021, Mattison served as the Mental Skills Coach at American Rugby Pro Training Center. At ARPTC Mattison designed and built the Mental Skills Program from the ground up, coaching the athletes on Individual Mindset Management and Team Cohesion. She also worked with the coaching staff on communication, feedback and high performance. With a great depth of experience, she brings 25 + years of professional instruction to her clients and teams, boosted by her own rugby and Touch Rugby career and other experiences as a competitive athlete.
Mattison is a former NCAA Division I athlete who attended the University of Iowa on a swimming scholarship. Immediately upon graduating from Iowa in 1990, Mattison began her rugby career in Houston, Texas. She quickly rose through the ranks in the West and Midwest, landing one step away from the USA National Team before retiring to raise a family. In 2006, Mattison transitioned to the sport of Touch Rugby, where she has competed in numerous National Championships and was selected to the 2008 USA Touch World Cup Squad.
Mattison is passionate about providing young women the mental skills, structures and tools they need to navigate the challenges that come with participation in high performance sports and life.