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SMRC Retains New Director of Rugby Programming and Men’s Team Head Coach



Miles Cotton


Santa Monica Rugby Club



Santa Monica Rugby Retains New Director of Rugby Programming and Men’s Team Head Coach



Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Rugby Club (SMRC) has retained the coaching services of former international player, Marc Stcherbina, for the 2015-16 season.  Stcherbina will serve as the Men’s Program Head Coach, overseeing day to day operations for 3 senior men’s sides and will also serve as Director of Rugby Programming for the entire club, developing clear performance improvement pathways for players and coaches club wide.


Stcherbina served as an Assistant Men’s Team Coach for the past four seasons and is eager to test himself in an executive role.  “I am relishing the opportunity to have a leading role in helping Santa Monica Rugby Club and its members thrive during what is an exciting period of growth for Rugby in America”, says Stcherbina in a recent interview.


Stcherbina is a retired rugby union player who played professionally for NSW Waratahs, Biarritz, Northampton, Cardiff Blues, and Newport Gwent Dragons also representing his home country of Australia in 7’s.



  • SMRC fields Men’s Division teams in the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) and Southern California Division 1.
  • SMRC fields women’s teams in Southern California Division 1 and currently rank #4 in the Nation.
  • SMRC fields Youth teams for players at the U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 age grades.



About Santa Monica Rugby Club:


Founded in 1972, Santa Monica Rugby Club is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of three player divisions (men, women, and youth).


Objective: To promote the growth and development of rugby, to increase the awareness of rugby and its traditions, and to facilitate participation in rugby on local, national, and international levels.


Mission: To advance the sport of rugby across all levels, providing opportunities for recreation, competition, and camaraderie. Santa Monica Rugby Club is dedicated to providing a positive atmosphere where athletes, families, and fans can come and enjoy the spirit of competition and sportsmanship.