With representation from USA Rugby, Austin Elite Rugby, the Austin Blacks, and the Austin Huns, players of all levels are sure to develop tremendously under our coaching staff.
Director of Rugby
Zac began playing rugby at age 11 for Alliance Rugby Club in Keller, and at age 18 moved to the Dallas Harlequins joining the USA Rugby Super League. After three years with the 'Quins, he joined Arkansas State University Rugby Club in January 2011. In 2012 and 2013, Zac earned All-American honors in both 7's and 15's that led to his selection and six caps for the USA Eagles 7's team in 2013. Next, Zac moved to Austin to play with the Austin Blacks, then on to the Ohio Aviators with PRO Rugby in 2016. He currently plays fly-half for Austin Elite Rugby with Major League Rugby. Contact Coach Zac
Connally "Meat" McKay
During his time at Baylor, Connally began playing rugby and was part of a Men’s Collegiate Division II National Championship in 2001. He joined the Austin Blacks Rugby Club in 2006, and has been fortunate enough to be a part of three Men’s Division I national runner-up squads. Connally has played rugby all over the United States, and with teammates from all over the world.
Varsity Defense Coach
Peter began his rugby career at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, then at Wheeling Jesuit Varsity Rugby. He joined the Ohio Aviators with PRO Rugby in 2016 along with coaches Zac Mizell and Allan Hanson. He brings a wealth of experience with 7 caps for the USA Eagles 15's and still currently plays for them. He has also played with the national champions Austin Huns. He currently plays hooker for Austin Elite Rugby with Major League Rugby.
Set Piece Coach
Ty has an impressive career as a rugby player. In 2004 he was part of the College Rugby Division 1 All-American team. He was part of the US Air Force's Men's National Team for 12 years, and was Team Captain for three of those years. In 2006 he was part of the USAR Men's National Championship Winner, the Raleigh Vipers. In 2014 and 2015 he was part of the USAR Men's National Championship Runner-up team. He currently plays for the Austin Blacks, where he has played for nine years and has been captain for three.
James "Trey" Cobble III
Varsity Skills Coach
Trey started playing rugby in his hometown of Keller, TX coached by Doug Neubauer(current coach of OU) winning a state championship with the Alliance Knights(team combined of several cites in the DFW metroplex). He later progressed his skills and level of play under coach Michael Engelbrecht for the Dallas Harlequins. From there Trey moved on to play for Arkansas State under coach Matt Huckaby. He then returned to the beautiful city of Austin to play for the Austin Blacks.
Dev. XV Head Coach
Elan-Puttick was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He studied at Arkansas State and played rugby from 2012-2016. In 2012, Zinzan was honored as a member of the All Tournament team. In 2015-2016, he was also selected by USA Rugby as a first team Collegiate Sevens All-American and was honorable mention for rugby 15s.
After finishing his collegiate rugby career, he then played with the Glendale Raptors Club Sevens team in 2016. During 2017, Zinzan played for the Austin Huns Rugby at fullback and contributed toward the team’s USA Rugby Division I Club National Championship. He currently plays fullback for Austin Elite Rugby.
Dev. XV Forwards Coach
Greg has spent quite a while in the rugby community. He began his career by playing at Austin Area High Schools Rugby Club, where he stayed for four years. He then spent four years playing at UT as prop, and has now been with the program as a coach for four years.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Marco Martinez is the founder of Bodyz by Dezign and now Train Harder Than The Game LLC. Marco has worked with individual athletes from youth to teens helping them get to a collegiate level for over seven years. His goal now is to increase athletic prowess with in collegiate club sports.
Focused on a high level of muscle endurance and strength for speed training, Marco is adamant that all athletic training should have a consistent periodization of flexibility, muscle endurance, and strength for speed training. With these core elements, he aims to instill a focus and regimen with the UT Rugby S&C program.