Marietta, GA - 5in15 Virtual Seminar - 5.26.2017

Developing successful programs requires knowledge gained from many diverse disciplines.  First15 is fortunate to work with friends and colleagues to make professional development accessible using technology.  This seminar will be delivered virtually to provide lasting content to the community.  Scroll down to learn more about each presenter, and to view their sessions once released the week of 5.26.17. Click here for more details about the 5in15 program.  Please share, and pass back on the learning to others!  



Rosalind chou - "Practice What You Coach: Following Through as a Role Model"

Rosalind Chou was a varsity softball and club rugby player at Florida State University.  She spent six years working for Eckerd Youth Alternatives at Camp E-Nini-Hassee a non-profit therapeutic wilderness camp for at-risk girls, before moving to Texas in 2005 for graduate school at Texas A&M University where she earned a Ph.D. in Sociology.  She is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University, and currently plays rugby in the Women’s Premier League for the Atlanta Harlequins.  She is also the head coach of Life University Women's Varsity rugby program, and can be reached at rosalind.chou(at) 


Phillip Thiel - "The evolution of the tacklE AREA in american rugby"

Phillip Thiel played for the U.S. Eagles over two separate tours, separated by 18 months of retirement.  He holds 36 international caps, and competed in over 50 total international contests.  He played in England on two separate occasions for semi-professional Cinderford RFC, and on a short-term contract for Saracens RFC.  He captained the USA Selects on two tours, and has held the position of captain for the U.S. Eagles.  He played for Life University from 2007 to 2011, and again from 2013 to 2015, where he won two Division I national championships, an Elite Cup Title, and was a two-time Super League finalist.  He currently coaches the Atlanta Harlequins of the Women's Premier League, and is headed into his second season as head coach of the club he calls, "the reason I love rugby again."  Contact Phillip at philthiel41(at)


kat roche - "attitude, and how it influences selection"

Kat Roche is an up and coming referee from Atlanta, GA. She played rugby for Unionville High School, and North Carolina State University for six years.   She also attended USA Rugby All-American camp, and competed with several elite 7's teams.  Kat has been refereeing since March in 2015 as part of the Southeast Rugby Referee Society.  She has refereed the 2016 NSCRO Women's National Championship, been a part of the 2016 referee team for Atlanta HSBC 7's, WPL Championships in 2016, and will be at the 2017 Las Vegas HSBC 7's.  She also spent four months refereeing in Stellenbosch, South Africa as part of the SA Referees Academy in the summer of 2016.  She can be reached at katrref(at)