Coaching Carousel

The Arkansas State Men’s Rugby Club has been a perennial rugby powerhouse for over 15 years. However, much like the A-State football team, the rugby program has experienced five coaching changes since 2010. Even with the turnover, The rugby Red Wolves have experienced tremendous success, winning back-to-back national sevens titles in 2012 and 2013. With all of the change, there is one constant, The Pack.

IMG_1246“No matter which coach comes or what adversity the whole team goes through, we stick together. That’s what packs do” explained senior Dylan Boast from Atlanta, Georgia.

“We’re just a super tight-knit group of guys. That’s really what kept me here. There were other options, but I couldn’t turn my back on the boys” said Neil Maestri, a senior winger from Katy, Texas.

Speaking of tight-knit, the Red Wolves are not just from all over the country, but all over the world. This diversity of cultures also helps the boys become closer by sharing life experiences.  Imagine being a parent and sending your child overseas, just to learn that the coach who recruited him is no longer there. You would want you child to still succeed in the classroom and on the pitch and represent themselves in all aspects. That is another similarity between the five coaches; maintaining a good reputation and putting in the hard work it takes to succeed.

Fall 2017 Red Wolves Rugby Schedule:

Oct. 7 — Alumni Weekend (Curt Huckaby Field), 1 p.m.
Oct. 14 — Missouri (Columbia, Mo.), TBA
Oct. 28 — Lindenwood Belleville (Curt HuckabyField), 1 p.m.

Nov. 4 — Arkansas (Little Rock), TBA
Nov. 11 — Davenport (Grand Rapids, Mich.), TBA
Nov. 18 — Texas (Curt Huckaby Field), 1 p.m.

A-State Coaches (since the 2010 season)

  • Matt Huckaby
  • Alex Houser
  • NeMani Delaibatiki
  • Shaun Potgieter
  • Blake White

For more information, please check out the following links:

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About Denton Postlewait

Denton Postlewait, or Posty to those closest to him, is a senior Broadcast Journalism major from Mountain View, Missouri. He focus is Sports Reporting and is currently minoring in English. He has taken many communication courses like Media Writing and Multimedia Production. Postlewait hopes to graduate in May 2018 and he hopes to enter the competitive field of sports reporting. He feels like there is no substitute for work experience. Postlewait is taking this course because he wants to strengthen his journalistic writing. He expects to learn different tricks and tips that will help him become the best journalist he can be. The course is important to him because he is still relatively green in the field. Postlewait believes being a good student is not based on tests. To him, a good student is one who applies themselves and asks questions. In turn, a good professor does not base grades on strictly tests scores. Postlewait believes that a students effort should favor into their total grade. Some students have unusual circumstances that should be taken into consideration. For instance, Postlewait plays on the rugby team and works 30 hours a week. Ideally, he would like to make an ‘A’ in the course, though things do not always go according to plan. As far as learning motivation, Postlewait is a Deep Learner and Performance Avoider. He wants to do the best that he can, but also does not want to fail. Postlewait comes from a mediocre small town and does not want to go back, which is why he is in school in the first place. Learning-wise, Postlewait would say he is either a commitment knower or reviewed knower. He believes that thinking independently is important, but fact checking with experts is important, especially in the journalism field. However, experts may not always be right. Postlewait is involved in numerous campus organizations, including Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Arkansas State Rugby, Volunteer A-State, among others. His fraternity is the biggest in the country and is demanding in time and money. He works for the Jonesboro Sun as a sports writer. He loves being around sports, but wants to transition into the broadcasting side of sports. The last movie Postlewait watched was Heathens and it was absolutely spectacular. The acting and directing was superb. He got his last album (Bobby Tarantino) from Spotify, where he gets a majority of his music. He appreciates all music, but listens to mainly Hip-Hop. He loves the books “Life at these Speeds” by Jermey Jackson all of the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling. He is currently taking a Harry Potter class for his English minor. “Life at these Speeds” is about a rural distance runner, which Postlewait use to be. It impacted the way he approaches sports and life. He gets his news from The Jonesboro Sun newspaper, where he is currently employed. Postlewait would rate his computer skills as a 7 out of 10. He first accessed the net when he was 12 to chat with his friends on messenger. You can reach Postlewait at denton.postlewait@gmail.com, find his professional site: dentonpostlewait.wordpress.com, or on twitter @Real_DPost. Interviewing and Public Speaking are two of Postlewait’s strongest attributes. He feels comfortable starting a conversation with a person or persons and usual knows enough about the topic to keep the talk going. If he is not familiar with the topic, he can steer it back towards something he does know. As far as weaknesses, Postlewait notes his poor time management skills, something that important for journalist to have. Another opportunity for improvement is working while stressed. Sometimes, Postlewait has a hard time focusing on work if there is a problem in another area of his life. In 10 years, Postlewait seems himself working for a company like ESPN in some role. If given $50 to spend on groceries, Postlewait would buy a big package of ramen noodles and 4 pounds of hamburger meat. He would put the rest of the money into his bank account, because financial stability on a budget is important to him. He loves to be fiscally responsible

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