Dallas RFC Release – July 10, 2019
The Dallas Rugby Football Club is excited to announce that Dallas RFC Hall of Fame member Filip Keuppens has been appointed as Director of Rugby for the 2019-20 season. He will oversee the coaching and player development at all levels of Dallas Rugby including Men’s Division 1, 2, 3, 4 (new for 2019-20), Women’s Division 2, and Youth sides.
Born in Belgium, Fil grew up in Washington D.C., attended Rochester Institute of Technology for his undergraduate and graduate studies and is a U.S. Army Veteran.
As a player, Keuppens spent time playing with Potomac Athletic Club, West Potomac Rugby Club, Rochester Institute of Technology (Captain & VP), Rochester Colonials (Captain), Corn Hill Goats, Lockport Rugby (President), and Dallas Rugby Football Club (7s Captain & VP). Additionally, he has played for various representative grade sides including North East Collegiate All-Stars, Babylon, Pirates 7s, and several touring 7s sides.
As a coach, he has spent time coaching the Dallas Harlequins Colts high school side, Dallas Athletic Rugby Club, North Texas All-Stars, Texas All-Stars, University of Dallas Groundhogs, and most recently as the Division 2 Head Coach of the Dallas Rugby Club.
Outside of playing and coaching, Fil has been active on the USA Rugby Referee scene reaching the grade of C1 referee, helped found the TOLA (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas) Rugby 7s competition, serves as the Red River Rugby Conference 7s Commissioner, played in the 2007 Touch Rugby World Cup for Team USA, is an avid cyclist, and in his younger years was a ranked competitive mogul skier.
Professionally, Fil is the Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Pickle Juice Sport which has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years and has broken out of the niche market and expanded global distribution.
“We are thrilled to have Fil’s leadership and experience in this new role with the Dallas Rugby as we embrace the rapid growth of our sport locally, regionally, and nationally. The Dallas RFC has a long history of success and we know that Fil will work tirelessly to ensure that our club’s future years are as bright as the foundation laid over the last 50 years that our club has been in Dallas,” remarked Club President Jeff Robertson.
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