Kathy Flores is a former rugby union player from the United States and was the Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National Team until Jan. 2011 and currently Head Coach of the Brown Women's Rugby Team. Past coaching tenures include Bay Area Touring Side (BATS) Rugby Club, the SF FOG men and the Berkeley All Blues. She has played rugby from 1978 to 1998 for Florida State University, the Berkeley All Blues Women's Rugby Club and U.S. Women's National Team. She started coaching for the Berkeley All Blues 1998 and had been head coach and administrator for the U.S. Women's National team since 2003. She began coaching the women's rugby team at Brown University in the fall of 2013, following the retirement of the very successful coach, Kerri Heffernan.


 [hide*1 Early years

Early years[edit]Edit

Flores was born February 7, 1955 in Philadelphia and calls Tallahassee her hometown. She attended Monmouth Regional High School in New Jersey, where she played field hockey, basketball and ran track. During her undergraduate years at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Flores played basketball (guard) and was on the track team ( javelin). She earned a B.S. degree in physical education in 1977. In 1997 Flores was inducted into the ESU hall of fame for her athletic excellence during her undergraduate years.[3]

Discovering rugby[edit]Edit

In 1978 Flores started a masters program in exercise physiology at Florida State University where she discovered the Seminoles, FSU's Women's rugby team. Drawing from her experience as a basketball andtrack athlete, Flores had the finesse and strength for rugby. Flores played at Number Eight and scrum-half for the Seminoles and won a total of 4 National Championships. [4]

National level play[edit]Edit

Flores toured throughout England and France with the first unofficial U.S. national team in 1986, known as WIVERN [5]. The U.S. Women's National Team made its first official international appearance at the Can-Am Rugby Tournament in 1987. With Flores capped at no. 8 and captain the U.S. defeated Canada 22-3, for which Flores scored a try.

In 1991 the USA Rugby sanctioned Women's National Team would compile a 7-1 record at the first Women's Rugby World Cup championship with Flores on the pitch as a No. 8. [6].

Club level and coaching[edit]Edit

Flores moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 where she started playing for the Berkeley All Blues. In 1998 Flores officially retired from playing rugby, and began a career in coaching as the Berkeley All Blues head coach. In 2007 she retired as Head coach of the All Blues to focus on the national team.[7] The Berkeley All Blues won a total of 11 National Championship titles with Flores playing a key role, either as a player or coach. Flores also coached the Cal Women's college rugby team from 1998 to 2004. [8]

Regional and national level and coaching[edit]Edit

Flores was the Pacific Coast Regional All-Star team Head Coach from 1995 to 2002.[9]

In late 2002, USA Rugby announced Kathy Flores as the new head coach of the Women's National Team.[10] The following year she was honored with the IRB International Women's Personality of the Year Award. “Kathy was given the Women’s Personality of the Year Award for her contribution to the game first as a player and then in her capacity as an administrator,” said IRB Communications Director Chris Rea.[1]In 2007 Flores accepted a two-year extension of her contract as head coach.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]Edit

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