Charlotte, NC - 5in15 Live Seminar - 2.20.2017

Continuous learning is often cultivated at home.  First15 is proud to feature the kickoff 5in15 seminar of the 2017 spring season near our base of operations in Charlotte, North Carolina!  This panel features three exceptional practitioners who work tirelessly to share game knowledge with others.  Scroll to view the lineup, and register to reserve your seat. Participants can receive three USA Rugby PDCs for attending. Welcome to the Queen City!

Date/Time: 2.20.17 from 6-8pm
Location: Alexander Youth Network, 6220 Thermal Rd. Charlotte, NC 28211
Cost: $10/person, $100/team (limit 25 per team)
Registration: Walk up or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.


Brendan Keane - "Planning for success - optimizing training time"

A native of North Carolina, Brendan began his rugby career at Appalachian State University, where he completed an undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education in 2001.  After graduation, Brendan played for the Charlotte Rugby Club in DIII, DII, DI, and the USA Rugby Super League from 2001-2010.  While teaching at Charlotte Catholic High School (CCHS), Brendan began his coaching career by founding the CCHS Rugby Club in 2004, while continuing his own playing career.  During this time, he was also involved with the North Carolina Youth Rugby All-Star program.  Brendan is also a USA Rugby Coach Educator, and has been the head coach for the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA) u16s (2015) and u17s (2016).  Off the field, Brendan worked as a high school history teacher from 2001-2014.  After completing his Master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame, he became a high school Principal from 2014-2016.  Brendan is currently an assistant coach with the High School All-Americans, and Associate Director of the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy.  He can be reached at bkeanencrugby(at)

Photo Credit: Nii Ofoli Yartey

Photo Credit: Nii Ofoli Yartey

Amanda Watkins - "Diversifying Rugby culture"

Amanda Watkins has been playing both 15-a-side and 7-a-side rugby for thirteen years with various teams including Appalachian State WRFC, Raleigh Venom, and USA Rugby South.  She recently made the transition from competing as an athlete, to serving as head coach for the Charlotte Women's Rugby Club.  She is a USA Rugby certified Level 200 coach.  Working with children is her passion, which began at the age of sixteen in various capacities, including teaching, coaching, and counseling.  She currently teaches pre-kindergarten through 5th grade at Alexander Youth Network, which is a psychiatric residential treatment facility.  She is also a mother of a three year old daughter.  Contact Amanda at awatkins(at)      

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Frank A. mckinney IV - "The Difference between good and great players"

Frank McKinney played rugby for Belmont Abbey College (1990-1992), and Charlotte Rugby Club (1993-2008) within the state of North Carolina.  He has competed in USA Rugby's Round of Sixteen competition in Division I and II, and competed in the elite competition formerly known as Super League.  He competed as a member of MARFU and NC select sides, as well as USA Rugby South.  Frank led the North Carolina High School All-Star program to a #12 national ranking by Goff Rugby Report.  He has served in various coaching capacities for Citadel Rugby, Myers Park High School, and the Charlotte Tigers.  He holds a Level 300 USA Rugby coach certification, and currently serves as the North Carolina High Performance Director.  Contact Frank at frankreganglobal(at)