Former ASU Sun Devil leads Lopes into 2019-20 season
By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
A familiar Arizona face will lead GCU Women’s Rugby this season.
GCU Club Sports has announced that Arizona State University alum Lindsey Mahoney has been named the new Grand Canyon University Women’s Rugby Head Coach. Mahoney brings a vast array of rugby and coaching experience to the position.
“I am excited to start from the bottom up and ground our own roots,” said Mahoney.
The Chicago, Illinois native returns to Arizona after touring across the world with Stars Rugby 7s, playing with some of the best national teams in the world. Mahoney also expanded her coaching experience with the Suttonians U14 team in Dublin, Ireland.
Based on Mahoney’s experience and the team’s recent success, Mahoney has high hopes to shape the program.
“I want to hopefully win a national championship in the next couple of years,” said Mahoney. “I want to put GCU on the map, where female players can get a high level of coaching and support from their school.”
Mahoney began her coaching career in 2012 with the Scottsdale Wolves’ youth team, and continued to magnify her rugby experience all throughout Arizona. Mahoney held a captain’s role on the Tempe Women’s 7s for three seasons in 2013, played for the Tempe Women’s 15s backline starting in 2015 and coached the Arizona Bobcats Select Side Women’s 7s in 2016.
Before her coaching career started, Mahoney made a name for herself as a player, graduating from ASU as a first-team starting athlete and vice president of the Sun Devils’ Women’s Rugby team. She then took her talents and skills from the university level to a national level, joining the Stars Rugby 7s where she was coached by some of the top coaches in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Learning about so many other cultures in a short amount of time is what drives Mahoney to create a unique one for her new team.
“I want to start creating a culture where everybody buys into and makes it their own,” said Mahoney. “I can’t create that as a coach; the girls have to start that. One of the first things we will be doing this season is having a goal-setting meeting and aligning our goals.”
Mahoney inherits a Lopes’ squad that in their first year in the Pacific Desert Rugby Conference, the Lopes earned a second-place finish in the playoffs last April, losing to University of California-Santa Barbara in the title match.
Mahoney’s first official day on the job will be Tuesday, September 3.
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