This week, Denver Rugby Club (DRC) announced two coaching changes at the Highlanders and Queen City for the 2010/2011 season. Peter Shafroth replaces Steve Lewis, who resigned as the Division I Highlanders’ head coach to take the head-coaching job with the Rugby Super League’s Old Blue New York Rugby Football Club (RFC), and Mike Pobar will assume the top spot for Division II Queen City.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to coach one of Denver's premier rugby clubs," Shafroth said, following his appointment, and he is looking forward to working with Denver Rugby Club’s talented player pool.
Shafroth began coaching following a successful playing career with Denver Barbarians RFC, which included a National Clubside Championship. Shafroth’s coaching credentials include experience as a high school coach as well as a three-year stint coaching at Breckenridge Blue Goose RFC.
Mike Pobar, a perennial Western Mustang All Star player, was a backs coach at S.W.A.R.M. RFC during the team’s Rugby Colorado, High School State Champion run in 2006.
“With the placement of Shafroth and Pobar in their respective roles, I look forward to this being the best year yet,” said Highlanders’ Captain, Tim Guerra. “It is a new era for Denver area rugby. We are excited to have the ability to continue to develop as a club under Coach Shafroth.”
Denver Rugby was created in 2009 following the merger of the Denver Highlanders and Queen City, two clubs with a long history of rugby in the State.