Coaches

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Josh Sutcliffe

Director of Rugby (2nd Year)

Josh re-joins Stanford as the Director of Rugby after working as an assistant coach from 2005-08. A native of Australia, he represented Australian Universities before moving to the USA. He continued to play domestically in the top club competitions and earned his international caps for the Philippine Volcanoes. While playing, Josh has held many different roles including working with USA Women’s Sevens Development Assistant Coach, UNCG Assistant Coach and Glendale Raptors Scrum Coach. He leaves his administrative role of Director of Coach Development with USA Rugby, where he focused on developing coaches at grass roots and elite levels.

 

Richard Ashfield

Assistant Coach (1st Year)

Richard comes to Stanford with from Northern Ireland via the northeast. He grew up playing rugby before becoming a Development Officer with Ulster and Irish Rugby. Originally, he came to the USA as a player with Providence Rugby. He has enjoyed stints coaching at Providence College Women, Brown University Men, Beantown Women and Boston Irish Wolfhounds Men. At the elite level, Richard continues to be the Skills Coach for the USA Rugby Women’s National Team and Pathway.

 

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Travis Benson

Assistant Coach (2nd Year)

Travis began playing rugby in high school with the Peninsula Green RFC and Seahawks Youth Rugby .  He quickly advanced in the game and went on to play for the USA National U19 team as a scrumhalf in the 2007 Junior World Cup in Belfast.  He went on to play at Cal, the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club, and in New Zealand for the Kahukura Rugby Club and New Zealand Sports Academy.  Travis has already cut his teeth coaching, working with Seahawks Youth Rugby, and Peninsula Green. He’s also a certified referee.  Travis hales from San Carols, Ca., and currently resides in Palo Alto, working for Emergency University.

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Dr. Zack Vaughn

Team Physician (6th Year)

Originally from San Jose, California, Dr. Vaughn was previously a high-level soccer player competing with the USA National Soccer Team and was captain of the University of San Francisco Men’s Soccer Team. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University and completed both his orthopedic surgery training and a fellowship in sports medicine at Stanford University. He is a specialist of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery and a full-time faculty member of the Stanford University department of Orthopedic surgery and has been a team physician for several local teams including Stanford University, and the San Francisco 49ers.  He now also works with the Golden State Warriors.