Mohawk’s new rugby coach brings experience

Bill Stuart has been named the new head coach of the Mohawk Mountaineers men’s varsity rugby team.

Stuart, a resident of Grimsby, has an extensive background as a player and coach in the sport. He has coached at the high school level for 28 years in Halton, mainly with E.C. Drury in Milton and Nelson in Burlington. While with Nelson, Bill and his players made two tours to New Zealand. The last two years he coached the junior teams at Beamsville High School.

Stuart has also been an assistant coach with the Brock University men’s squad where he mainly took care of the backs and ran the second and third teams. While at Brock his teams won the Ontario University Athletics Gold Medal in 2007 and the bronze in 2009.

He also has coached the Grimsby Gentlemen Rugby Football Club’s men’s team and has, for the last four years, guided the club’s flag rugby team for youngsters.

Stuart played from 1970-1990 with the Hamilton Hornets and is a Life Member of the team, which won the Ontario Rugby Union Championship in 1977. He was with the Niagara Rugby Union Regional Team (Thunder) from 1978-1983 and with the Ontario Team (Blues) in 1978 and 1979.

“I am excited to be coaching Mohawk and am looking forward to getting started,” said Stuart, who is not unfamiliar with the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association program, as his son, Mike, is a former Mountaineer.