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About the GCU Women’s Rugby Team

The Grand Canyon University women’s rugby team offers a competitive program that prepares student-athletes for their future on and off the field. Our goal is to cultivate an environment of camaraderie, hard work, fun, perseverance, teamwork, accountability and sportsmanship. The women’s rugby team is built around the core values of passion, commitment, determination and love of a great sport.

The coaching staff firmly believes that the lessons they learned from rugby built a foundation for growth throughout their personal and professional lives. This is what drives them to create an environment for GCU athletes to experience, learn from rugby and cultivate success and high performance on and off the field.

Women’s Rugby Schedule

Day Date   Opponent Location Time Score
Saturday 01/28/2017 vs UC Riverside GCU 2 pm 27-15 W
Saturday 02/04/2017 at USC USC 1 pm 47-12 W
Saturday 02/11/2017 vs Claremont GCU 2 pm 17-12 L
Saturday 02/18/2017 vs UC Irvine GCU 2 pm 18-0 L
Saturday 03/11/2017 at Occidental California 1 pm Forfeit W
Saturday 03/18/2017 vs Long Beach State GCU 1 pm 31-25 W
Saturday 04/08/2017 at Round of 16 Playoffs Western Washington University TBA 29-5 W
Sunday 04/09/2017 at Quarterfinal vs Fresno State WWU TBA 36-28 W

Women’s Rugby Roster

  • Breelyn Afusia
  • Diana Brightwell
  • Justine Chavira
  • Jasmine Fifer
  • Mackartnie Gandy
  • Madison Head
  • Brianna Herrera
  • Desiree Jenkins
  • Nicki Lazante
  • Sara Lawson
  • Kaley lightfoot
  • Machaiah Lillard
  • Jamie Massey
  • Kristin Moriwake
  • Anne Mwangi
  • Anna Navarro
  • Alexandra O'Connor
  • Natasha Opoku
  • Colleen Rillos
  • Bijan Ross
  • Dallas Shepard
  • Natasha Sichling
  • Ashley Smith
  • Shayna Tamanaha
  • Daeanera Tuaua
  • Morgan Wessells
  • Julian White
  • Sierra Wolfe

GCU Women’s Rugby Coaching Staff

Alison Price

Co-Head Coach

Alison Price is in her second season as the Grand Canyon University women’s rugby co-head coach. She came to GCU after being the assistant coach for Tempe Women’s Sevens in 2016 and coaching the New York Women’s Sevens from 2010 to 2011.

Coach Price played internationally for the U.S. Women’s National Sevens Team from 2004 to 2009, captaining the U.S. team to a top-four finish at the Rugby World Cup in Dubai in 2009 and leading the team to a Hong Kong World Championships title in 2008. She was named a national All-Star in five consecutive years (2004-09) and the NASC MVP in 2006.

She was a collegiate All-American soccer player at Saint Mary University, where she earned a degree in mathematics and chemistry and graduated magna cum laude. She later earned her Master of Business Administration at Baker University.

Daniela Mogro

Co-Head Coach

Daniela Mogro is in her second season as the GCU co-head coach for women’s rugby. She came to GCU after being the assistant coach for the Tempe Women’s Sevens from 2014 to 2016 and coaching the New York Women’s Sevens from 2010 to 2011.

Coach Mogro played for the U.S. Women’s Rugby Sevens Team from 2001 to 2008, where she captained the U.S. team competing in New Zealand, Dubai and the Hong Kong World Championships. She holds five consecutive national All-Star championships from 2004 to 2009. She also was a national club champion and earned a MVP in 2006.

Coach Mogro started her rugby career as an All-American playing at Arizona State. She earned her degree in business and marketing, graduating magna cum laude.

Kathryn Wright

Coach

Kathryn Wright is in her second season as a GCU women’s rugby coach. She came to GCU after coaching the Tempe Women’s Rugby Club from 2013 to 2014 and Arizona State women’s rugby team from 2006 to 2008.

Coach Wright returned as a national All-Star in 2012 after captaining the national All-Star team from 2004 to 2006. She was a captain and MVP of the Tempe Women’s Rugby Club from 2010 to 2013. She was an All-American rugby player at ASU, where she earned her degree in accounting. She graduated magna cum laude and later earned her master’s degree in taxation.

Greg Lim

Coach

Greg Lim is in his second season as part of the GCU women’s rugby coaching staff. Coach Lim was the assistant coach for the U.S. National U19 men’s team from 2002 to 2004, when they competed in national championships. He also coached the Arizona State women’s rugby team from 1999 to 2002.

He played for many clubs in Arizona and Southern California, including Tempe RFC, Back Bay RFC, Phoenix RFC, Arizona Select-Side and Pacific Coast Select-Side. He earned three consecutive national championships with Phoenix Red Mountain in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Coach Lim played for the University of Arizona, where he earned his degree in finance and international business. He later earned a master’s of business administration in business management.