Ryszard or 'Rys' as he goes by is a forward thinking, high energy, and positive professional with solid transferable organizational and interpersonal skills with international experience in the coaching environment. Born in Liverpool, UK he now lives in New York City, USA. 

Based in New York City, USA

Experiences practically, theoretically and academically Rys was educated and worked at UWE Hartpury College (the UK’s premier sport and education setting) gaining a Undergraduate (BSc HONS) and Postgraduate (MSc) degree in Coaching, completing  two thesis' on the insight to coaching at the elite level also gaining an award for the 'top student' in the MSc program. At Hartpury Rys also coached two High Performance Rugby teams having success in the player development and silverware. He was also part of the Higher Education Coach Education team, developing and mentoring coaches on the undergraduate degree coaching programs. 

The Level 4 qualification, part of a 3 Unions Level 4 qualification, in collaboration with the RFU, SRU and WRU. This qualification has been UKCC endorsed and is delivered at a postgraduate level in partnership with Hartpury College (MSc Coachign Science). Although an academic qualification in structure, the Level 4 programme is focused on practical coaching in the elite environment and ensuring that those coaches who take the course are reaching the level of coaching expertise required to succeed in this environment.

Rys has coached in six countries and a passion for sport and competition gained at a very early age has helped develop an extremely competitive Always Gaining Mindset combined with ambition and specific credentials focused in the coaching environment. He has an unparalleled ability to set goals both personally and for others with a true “feel” for the inner limits of athletes and people. A total professional in every aspect of preparation, training and competing, with outstanding communication skills at all levels from coaching young children through to elite/international athletes, and a track record of successes that bear testament to these attributes. A strategic and unique leader, with the flexibility to be equally effective as a team member with unlimited enthusiasm to participate and contribute towards the common goal. Hungry for knowledge of new training techniques and concepts that continue to build on a solid foundation achieved through hard work, dedication, a love for sport and the joy/benefits that it brings both personally and to others.

As well as the founder of The Rugby Advantage Ryszard has a number of positions involved with Rugby in the USA Explained below:


United States Olympic Committee (USOC) 

Rys has recently started to work & communicate with the USOC around coach education & development and looks to be becomig part of the coach development team soon as well as study for a PhD which will directly influence & help coaches within the USOC 


Member of the Elite Coach Development Program with USA Rugby


This coach development program is the process to start coaching with the national team and age grade national sides.


Director of High Performance at the Northeast Academy (Olympic Development Training Academy) & Coach



The Northeast Academy, with training squads in New York City, Boston and Buffalo, is a National Development Academy that has been sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official Academy (Men & Women) in the Northeast of America and as a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Team selection. The purpose of the Academy is to identify, develop and prepare Sevens rugby players with the intention of placing ambitious athletes onto the USA National teams and future USA Olympic teams. The Academy will provide athletes with top level coaching, physical preparation, and playing competition to accelerate their personal development as Sevens players in line with current USA Eagles High Performance criteria.


The Director of High Performance position is about leadership, management and high performance. Effective leadership, credibility & creativity are all critical components of a successful high performance program. A true leader who empowers, supports and challenges staff & volunteers, clearly articulates the vision, consistently being led by measuring outcomes & using the world’s best as a benchmark and genuinely develops trust within the community.


The Director of High Performance will lead the High Performance Program taken as a whole. They are responsible for designing, planning, evaluating all elements of the Northeast Academy’s high performance system and for overseeing the implementation of the organization’s high performance program 

Rugby Development Manager - Play Rugby USA 


Play Rugby USA operates programs in New York City, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco/Bay Area. In each city, PRUSA brings together a passionate group of people committed to building a fun, open and caring community with youth, their families and supporters. 

Play Rugby USA aspires to start youth on a path toward success by creating a safe environment which encourages team membership and team identity to promote skill building and help our students form positive habits at school, in their community and personal health. This path supports the development of a Go Forward Attitude and instills skills for success in life. This path is formed through three core programming elements delivered by high quality Youth Development Mentors. 


The Rugby development manager is responsible for developing rugby from ‘Intro to tackle’ to ‘high performance Community Olympic Development Rugby’. They will be responsible for the design and delivery of rugby programs & player pathway and also the development and education of coaches and players alike, providing the players who want to pursue their destiny, and reach their full potential on the rugby field, the best opportunity to do so.

Areas of responsibility

- Academy Manager - Coach and oversee 60 male & female athletes 45 weeks of the year of rugby programming and college mentoring

- Coach Development Manager - Responsible for the education and development of 25+ coaches

- Community Olympic Development Program Manager - Tasked with Coaching & mentoring Coaches for the next level


Play Rugby USA, an established grassroots rugby development program, was recently designated by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the nation’s first Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) for Rugby. Formally launched in January 2016, the CODP combines resources from Play Rugby USA and the Northeast Academy, a USA Rugby approved elite development program, to formalize and consolidate a pathway for talented young players to USA Rugby national teams. The mission of the CODP is to “identify, develop, empower and support young talented athletes from the Northeast of the USA to achieve their rugby dreams, by maximizing their potential to compete effectively on the international stage." “USA Rugby has firmly endorsed this partnership, which combines one of the highest performing adult sevens programs in the country with the largest youth outreach program in a city with more young athletes than anywhere else in the country,” said USA Rugby High Performance Director Alex Magleby

World Rugby Coach Educator with USA Rugby 


In working with World Rugby & USA Rugby a coach educator will assist the NGB increasing the quantity & quality of coaches in the USA. In this role the Coach Educator will travel around the USA delivering Coach Education Workshops & clinics, certification clinics, & technical clinics. Since 2014 Rys has successfully certified over 400 coaches. 

New York Rugby Club Woman – Woman’s Premier League

The USA Rugby Women's Premier League is the top annual American women's rugby union competition organized by USA Rugby. It involves the top eight clubs in the country. Role here is Backs & Skills Coach. Currently Ranked #3 in the country. 

Pedagogical Philosophy


Rys' pedagogical practice is one where the ‘teacher’ creates the right environment and connects with the ‘student’ on a level that suits them then their learning will grow. This comes about because the student feels comfortable with their teacher. Using a primarily constructivist approach the teacher makes the student feel valued and equal to him or her and both parties are honest with each other and that any ideas or thoughts are not dismissed straight away without discussion. The teacher, using a range of teaching and learning styles allows the student to experiment and discover the way to do things their own, therefore promoting independence, creativity, critical thinking and reflective practice.


Coaching Philosophy


Rys aims to create a culture that demands work ethic but also enjoyment, honesty and equality alongside a training environment that embraces a safe but chaotic game based environment; constantly testing the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes of players on and off the field.


Rugby Philosophy


Players should avoid contact as much as possible moving the ball with a dynamic strategy to attack from all areas of the pitch with a no fear, high risk high reward mentality. Playing a fast wide open game with the capability to manipulate the defence keeping intensity at a high in attack and attack off the ball.  


Coaching Strenghts 


  1. Provides tools for the players to cultivate self-awareness, with a foundation of belief in themselves that makes them feel unstoppable.

  2. Capable of building strong coach-athlete relationships, which help develop trust and insight within the players preferred learning and motivational bias.

  3. To create an optimal training environment, which provides players with constant testing and development, mentally, physically, technically and tactically.

  4. Provide players with holistic support outside of the rugby environment thus making their life more rounded both inside and outside of the game.

  5. Manage player’s internal environment and mind-set, providing players with the right level of challenges and success.


Areas of Expertise


  1. Creating a highly collaborative competitive culture where players take autonomy for learning and decision making.

  2. Providing players with Game Based Pedagogy so decision making and tactical and technical understanding become synonymous.

  3. Development and implementation of attacking strategies

  4. Tactical decision making

  5. Skills development and acquisition


Qualifications and Credentials 


  • World Rugby Coach Educator
  • MSc, Coaching Science (UWE Hartpury College, UK)
  • BSc (HONS), Sports Coaching (UWE Hartpury College, UK)
  • World Rugby Level 2 Rugby Coach (Working towards Level 3)
  • Other Coaching Governing Body Qualifications


Elite Coach Interaction 


  • Michael Cheika - Australia Head Coach
  • Mike Friday - USA 7s Head Coach
  • Phil Greening - USA Assistant 7s Coach
  • Gordon Tietjens – New Zealand 7’s Head Coach
  • Ben Ryan - Fiji 7's Head Coach
  • Colin Cooper – New Zealand Maori Head Coach
  • Mike Tolkin – USA Head Coach  
  • Billy Millard – USA Backs Coach  
  • Stuart Lancaster – England Head Coach 
  • Brian Aston – Ex England Head Coach  
  • Allan Lewis – Ex Wales Coach 
  • Bryan Redpath – Ex Gloucester RFC Coach  
  • Danny Grewcock - Bath Academy Coach