Wayne Howe, Men's Rugby Head Coach
Wayne Howe was born and raised in Palmerston North, New Zealand and started playing the game of rugby at the ripe old age of 9. Playing scrumhalf for the better part of 30 years, Wayne played age grade rugby for Manawatu at under u14 u16 u18 and u21. Moving to Wellington, New Zealand, he played for the Wellington Colts and finally for Wellington B. He has had the privilege of playing against some of the finest players to ever grace the field such as Hika Ried, Mark Shaw, Murray Mexted, John Gallagher and to also have been coached by some legendary names such as Bill Freeman ( previous coaching director NZRFU), Andy Leslie (All Black Captain No 8, President NZRFU) Frank Oliver (All Black Lock) Mark Donaldson (All Black Captain Scrumhalf).
He was recruited to the States to coach the Washington Rugby Football Club and led the team to two National Men’s final 4s, and one National title game. Coached and played on the PRU, MARFU and East Coast select sides. He and his family moved to Lexington, Virginia, in 2000. He immediately got involved with VMI rugby and became head coach in 2005. In Fall 2009, he coached VMI to a second place finish in the VRU and a subsequent #14 national ranking in Div II Colleges by Rugby Magazine.
This was VMI’s first national level ranking. Coach Howe is a USA Rugby Level 1 Certified Coach.