Post University Release
In 2020, Crist Holveck became the first head coach in Post University men’s rugby history.
The men’s rugby team will be the 24th varsity sport at Post University which is slated to start in the Fall of 2020. The Eagles will be a member of the New England Wide College Rugby Conference.
Coach Holveck – a retired military officer – comes to Post from the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he was the Head Coach from 2014 – 2019 and was also the director of rugby. He led a successful Division II rugby program with three conference wins, two runners-up in the conference and four successful invitations to the US Nationals competitions in both 15s and 7s rugby.
Holveck plans to use his leadership skills he’s learned while playing rugby to pass on to his teams.
“All day long, I am a manager and leader,” Holveck said. “It’s that leadership experience that I use to create a culture of learning within the team. Once that is established, I become an educator. I don’t care if they are an athlete. I care if they are coachable.”
Holveck says time management will be the most important aspect of developing a successful student-athlete at Post.
“Usually preseason I have a conversation with the kids about time management,” Holveck said. “It is usually the culprit in failure. Getting sleep, eating meals, getting your personal affairs in order are all contributors to success on the field.”
Holveck’s goal is to win the NEWCRC by year three and become a national qualifier.
Asked what he’d like to tell people who are new to rugby and who may have the interest to try one of the fastest-growing sports in America: “Education of the game and opportunity to play it,” Holveck said. “It is a far safer game than people think. Every single player will play every single Saturday.”