Davenport University has announced the hiring of Lance Hohaia as the new head coach of their men’s rugby program effective June 4th. Hohaia, carries with him a wealth of knowledge, having played professional rugby league in New Zealand and England.
His career spanned over 300 first class games and a total of fifteen seasons. In New Zealand he was a member of both the 2002 and the 2011 New Zealand Warriors side that made it to the NRL Grand Final. After his time in New Zealand he played four seasons in England with St. Helens RFC. In his international Rugby League career he was capped 28 eight times for the Kiwis and was part of their squad who won New Zealand’s only world cup in 2008.
Since retiring from playing rugby league in 2015, he has since moved stateside and has imparted his knowledge of rugby through coaching at various positions. He had been a coach at Grand Valley State since 2015 and with USA Rugby Academy- Atavus Rugby since last year. While, he did not directly coach the Davenport men’s team this year, he was involved with the program as a strength and conditioning coach.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to become head coach at Davenport University,” said Hohaia. “We have some great student-athletes on our roster and my aim is to create an environment where the players can succeed and play some outstanding rugby.”
Hohaia will take over a Davenport team that shows promise in an incredibly difficult Mid-South conference, with reigning D1A Champions Life and D1A semifinalists Lindenwood both featuring on their schedule twice each year.