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Dallas Harlequins Men's Coaches

Elaine Vassie

Dallas Harlequins Head Coach Blake Rodgers

Director of Rugby

Elaine has been a National Team Coach with the Scottish Rugby Union, working during the 2016 6-nations campaign, Director of Rugby with Manchester RFC and Griffins RFC along with coaching positions in Italy and the UK before relocating to Texas with her husband Danny to pursue her passion of promoting and developing the game.

“Having had some very positive conversations about the aspirations of Dallas Harlequins with key members across the club I’m delighted to accept the post of Director of Rugby on a 3 year contract. Whilst out of the country I’ve followed the development of the game both on a national level with the addition of MLR and locally within Texas and it’s great to see the growth that’s occurred. I feel now is the ideal time to be working with Quins to look at providing development opportunities for current players and transitioning athletes. As a Coach my focus is on developing a high tempo, attacking brand of rugby, allowing players to express themselves. Our culture and style of play will accelerate the development of intelligent rugby players giving the opportunity to showcase their capabilities ahead of the arrival of a Dallas area MLR team”. 

Kelly Meek

Head Coach, 7s and U23

Coach Kelly "Meerkat" Meek has a long history of Texas rugby experience, having started his playing career in 1992 at Oklahoma University. Coach Meek played for the Harlequins during the Super League era, and saw some of the highest levels of play in the nation. His down-to-earth nature and good vibes translate well to the U23 players, who were extremely successful in their inaugural 2017 season. Coach Meek says  he enjoys coaching the Quins because "The people are what make the club great. That, coupled with the rich tradition and bright future of the squad, make it a great place to coach."

Year started playing rugby: 1992
Rugby History: Southeastern OK State, baseball and tennis letterman; Football Capt. 1991; OU rugby rookie of the year 1992; Western US national 7s; Eagle 7s player pool; Denver Barbarians Super League ; Dallas Harlequins Super League -  PRCA 98'99'; SMU Cox
Main positions played: scumhalf (9), flyhalf (10), wing (11)
Other Coaching History: inaugural season Richardson Rugby (became the Dallas Harlequins Colts); Gentlemen of Allen, TX; University of Oklahoma National 7s tournament team
 Why do you coach the Quins? Not much better in the world than being a part of something greater than you (Family = Team).  
What is your coaching philosophy? I was coached 2 different ways growing up by some well respected coaches. Coach Clark believed that the other team got nothing unless we gave it to them. Coach Lantz was more about we are going to make plays and they are gonna make plays its how you  react to that, that determines our success. I like to think my coaching philosophy is somewhere blurred between those two philosophies. My coaching is a mixture of keeping it positive and utilizing Coach John Wooden's cornerstones of his pyramid of success, Industriousness and Enthusiasm. If you are enthusiastic about what you do and enjoy it, you will put in the industriousness and effort to be your best. 
If there is one reason someone should join the Quins, what would it be? Teammates for life.