Queens University of Charlotte Athletics Release
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Queens University of Charlotte’s Director of Rugby and Head Women’s Rugby Coach Katie Wurst is pleased to announce the addition of Dana Meschisi to her staff as her new assistant coach for the 2019-20 season.
Prior to joining the Royals family, Meschisi has been an athlete/strength and conditioning coach at Scion Rugby – Olympic Development Academy in Washington, D.C. since 2017. There she developed Scion’s strength and conditioning program for its last three seasons. She has also served in youth rugby coaching roles while traveling abroad with Scion, and also in the state of Florida.
As an elite athlete, she held a professional contract with USA 7s to train in preparation for the Olympics in Chula Vista, California. She also competed in 15-a-side rugby within the Women’s Premier League as a member of the San Diego Surfers and the D.C. Galaxy Touch Rugby teams, where she won multiple national championships.
“Dana brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to elite level competition,” stated Wurst. “She has boundless energy and enthusiasm for the sport of rugby, as well as overall human performance. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to add her to our coaching staff at Queens.”
In 2018, Meschisi was an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer coach at The Bay Coaching Facility – Ronnie Lane Fitness in Florida, and also a personal trainer at XSport Gym in Virginia.
“As an ambassador for the sport, I’m excited to begin my career in a field I’m extremely passionate about,” Meschisi stated. “Being given the opportunity to coach rugby and work in an athletic department closely with strength and conditioning is a dream come true!”
Meschisi obtained her bachelor’s degree in sport management with a minor in communication from Florida State University in 2013 where she was also named a Collegiate All-American Rugby player. Since then, she has acquired a handful of coaching certifications, including USA-Rugby Level 200 coaching certification (2014) and Stretch U Stretch Therapy certification (2017).
She has also been an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer since 2010 and is in the process of obtaining a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach Certification.
“I’m very grateful Coach Katie has given me the opportunity to use my experience, while as an athlete, to help strengthen the foundation being laid to further develop rugby in the NCAA,” Meschisi continued.
The Royals begin their 2019-20 season on the road with a match in Harrisonburg, Virginia where they’ll take on their first NIRA opponent Sacred Heart University August 31 at 2 p.m.