Rugby ATL General Manager and Head Coach Scott Lawrence, has resigned from his roles with Rugby ATL. With the illness and demise of owner Marcos Calloway, the team has been sold and with new ownership comes change.
With Scott at the helm, Rugby ATL advanced the MLR Shield Final as Eastern Conference Champions in 2021.
Scott’s rugby resume has been edited from Rugby ATL’s webpage. He has been one of the best coaches in the United States in “developing rugby talent and designing teams that exemplify the P.A.C.E. values of Rugby ATL: People Development, Embracing Accountability, Create Change and Focus on Execution.”
“The former USA Eagle was the USA Rugby National Team Defense Coach (2017-2018) and was the USA Rugby Selects Head Coach. He developed talent on an international scale as a USA Rugby U-20 Coach, a team that holds a winning record over 4 seasons in international play and won the 2012 Junior World Trophy. Former players from this team have gone on to be named Collegiate All-Americans, with some going on to play professionally. Additionally, Lawrence served as the USA Rugby High-Performance Manager 2007-2008.”
“Prior to starting with RugbyATL in 2019, Lawrence spent 15 years at Life University serving in various roles as Head Coach of the club and undergraduate, Director of Rugby, and Director of Performance. Lawrence was part of a talented group of coaches and administrators at Life University that grew from a humble start of 13 players in 2004 to competing in 10 National Championship games across club and undergraduate in the last decade, winning 7.”
“Lawrence holds a degree in computational mathematics from Michigan State University and an Organizational Leadership certificate from the Michigan Ross School of Business. His experience in leading strategy organizations focusing on market segmentation, targeted marketing, and launch has equipped him with the knowledge, skills, and ability” to develop a team in the MLR.
Scott’s departure will be a significant loss for Rugby ATL, as well as for the rugby community. It is hoped that he resurfaces soon to contribute to fostering rugby talent in the U.S.