Gregg Jarvis has a long history of playing and coaching rugby, much of it for the Quins--but the Lady Quins are the first women's team to have the pleasure and honor of playing for him. Coach Jarvis' unparalleled depth of rugby knowledge and passion for the sport have taken the Dallas Harlequins Women to new heights, and they are only going up.
Year started playing rugby: 1983
Rugby History: Pittsburgh State University (KS), including Heart of America and West Select teams (1983-1989); Kansas University Rugby Football Club Jayhawks (club side) (1989-2001); Dallas Harlequins Division I & Super League (2001-2012); Dallas Harlequins Gentlemen (2012-present)
Main positions played: fullback, wing
Other coaching experience: West 7s Select; Elite 7s Select; Dallas Harlequins mens’ 7s (Head Coach); Dallas Harlequins mens’ 15s (Assistant Coach)
Why do you the coach Lady Quins? When the Dallas Harlequins welcomed the women's team into the fold in 2012, I was Vice President of the Club. We, as leadership of the Club, made a promise to devote equal time, attention, and resources to all members and all teams. Becoming Head Coach has allowed me to help carry out that promise, and it has been extremely rewarding to me personally and to the Club to have a strong women's program.
What do you enjoy about coaching the Lady Quins? There is too much to say! It is very rewarding to see the level of advancement achieved by all of our players, especially by women who may have never touched a rugby ball before. The biggest reward to me is seeing our players enjoy the game and achieve their goals.
What is your coaching philosophy? Always work hard to create the opportunity to be successful.
If there is one reason someone should join the Lady Quins, what would it be? We foster a high level of competition in an open and welcoming environment. Based on our collective experience in the Dallas Harlequins RFC, we are able to take players from the most basic developmental level to playing the best rugby in Texas.
Paul Riddle has coached the Dallas Harlequins Women for 3 seasons. Having played for the Quins since 1993, he is deeply invested in the success of the club. Coach Riddle's coaching philosophy is, "Rugby can be a very complex and thinking sport, but going forward is very simple."
Year started playing rugby: 1988
Rugby History: University of NE, Lincoln; Omaha GOATS; Dallas Harlequins since 1993, including competing for a national title. Coach Riddle also played for the Texas and West select side teams.
Main positions played: started on the wing and moved to the front row, with hooker as my natural position
Involvement with the Quins: Dallas Harlequins Divisions 1-3 and Super League; Dallas Harlequins Gentlemen; women's forwards coach since 2015
Why do you coach the Lady Quins? The Lady Quins want to win.
What do you enjoy about coaching the Lady Quins? Watching the pack and team develop.
If there is one reason someone should join the Lady Quins, what would it be? Test yourself and find a great group of friends.
Assistant Forwards Coach
Lu Mailei wears two hats for the Lady Quins, as both player and coach. Coach Mailei brings an essential element to the Dallas Harlequins coaching staff that no other team can replicate. Her thoughtful and compassionate coaching style is apparent in her description of her coaching philosophy: "Confidence and selflessness are the power traits of an unstoppable player. Those are not things one can teach, but my priorities are to create a culture and find opportunities for players to gain confidence and exercise selfless play. Teaching concepts before teaching technique is important to me as my ultimate focus is player development, finding the opportunities to build rugby IQ.
Year started playing rugby: 2007
Main positions played: 8man, lock, flank
Playing History: Started playing rugby at 18, with my aunt’s D1 Women’s Club (Nationally ranked D1 #6 Utah Lady Vipers), where I was recruited to play for the University of New Mexico on a full ride scholarship to learn the 8-man position under Coach Jillion Potter, who was 8-man and captain for the USA Eagles at the time. Rostered #8 for USA U20.
Involvement with the Quins: Player since May 2016. Began assistant coaching in summer 2017 and have been mentored by Coach Jarvis ever since.
Other Coaching history: Head Coached 4 different U18/U16 Girl’s teams in both 15s/7s format (2012-2017), Forwards Coach for local women's Division 2 clubs in the Denver, Colorado area.
Why do you coach the Lady Quins? I wanted the opportunity to learn from 7’s specialist Gregg Jarvis and forwards specialist Paul Riddle. I also wanted to be acquainted with the rugby community here before I start my own youth girls team.
What do you enjoy about coaching the Lady Quins? I love giving this club a female coaching presence and getting the opportunity to grow as a player and coach among people I consider friends and family. It’s been such a fun time since I’ve joined this club.
If there is one reason someone should join the Lady Quins, what would it be? With both development pathway and a powerful Division 1 standing, this is definitely the best program for Women’s Rugby in the DFW metroplex, with a strong support system including its players, coaching staff, club administration and the Dallas Harlequins Foundation. This is where women who love rugby and rugby culture should come to if they enjoy stability, diversity, growth, and promise.