Bryan has been actively involved in rugby since the age of seven. He comes from Christchurch, New Zealand. He played his junior and senior rugby as a winger and fullback for the High School Old Boys and represented Canterbury in the U18s and Colts. After arriving in the States, Bryan played for the Lehigh Valley Rugby Club and after relocating to New England joined the Providence Rugby Club where he went to Nationals twice as a fullback and center.
Bryan began his coaching career with the Providence women’s club team in 2007 as an interim coach. He later returned and guided them to their second bid at nationals in the fall of 2009 as well as a promotion to DI. In the spring of 2008, Bryan was brought on as an assistant coach by former Radcliffe head coach Darlene “Bubba” Connors. After two seasons Bryan took over as head coach in the spring of 2009.
In addition to this, Bryan was also the backs coach for the 2009 NERFU U23 Men’s team and is currently one of the Women’s NRU U23 All-star coaches. Bryan holds a USA Rugby Level I and II certification and has completed the Queensland Rugby Advanced coaching course. He has also completed the USA Rugby “Coaching 7’s” course.
Mel instantly fell in love with rugby when she began playing as a freshman in college. In 2003, at the young age of 22, Mel made the preliminary cut for the highly competitive Northeast Senior Select Side. The following year she made the traveling squad to compete at the Territorial National Championships. In the Spring of 2005, with aspirations of becoming a more competitive and skilled player, Mel joined the elite Beantown Rugby Club. In 2007 she was selected to the USA Rugby Women’s National Team Pool.
Since her entrance into the National Team Pool, she has earned 14 caps as a back row player (capped at 6,7 and 8) and was a starter for every match in the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup in England.
Mel has competed in the semifinals and finals of the Club National Championships with Beantown for the past five years, playing in the Championship Final twice, along with winning two National Territorial Championships with the Northeast Select Side.
She is also level 1 referee certified, and has helped put on and run collegiate clinics with Beantown Rugby.
In 2006, Mel, who has alumni friends from Radcliffe Rugby, spent some of her free time helping out Darlene “Bubba” Connors at the Radcliffe Rugby Club practices whenever she could. She continued to help out and support the Radcliffe team throughout the years when she was able. Upon learning in the summer of 2010 that the forwards coach was going to be leaving, Mel expressed a strong interest in committing to the team as the formal assistant coach. She is currently seeking her USA Rugby Level 1 coaching certification.