LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Josh Macy has been named the new head coach of Lindenwood University’s men’s rugby program. Macy’s arrival in St. Charles, Mo., comes after a lengthy and successful stint leading the men’s rugby team at American International College.
“Any coach would be happy to work at Lindenwood,” said Macy. “There’s an enthusiastic administration, beautiful campus and facilities, and good spirit and talent among the players. I can’t wait to get to started.”
Lindenwood began its search for a new head coach after previous lead man and Director of Rugby JD Stephenson stepped down from his post in August. Stephenson was promoted to head coach during the 2013-14 season and successfully navigated the Lions’ move to D1A Rugby. Under Stephenson, Lindenwood reached three consecutive D1A Semifinals beginning in 2014. The program also excelled in sevens during Stephenson’s tenure. The Lions qualified for three USA Rugby College 7s National Championships, and won a National Championship in sevens in 2015.
Most recently, Lindenwood won the American leg of the Red Bull Uni 7s under Stephenson’s watch.
Macy has also been very successful in both codes of the game. In 15s, AIC won multiple East Coast Rugby Conference Championships while Macy was at the helm, and earned a reputation as one of the best sevens teams in the country. The Yellow Jackets nearly won their own National Championship in sevens in May when the team advanced to the Cup Final of the 2016 College 7s National Championships.
“The challenge moving forward is to build on the great foundation laid by Coach Stephenson, but quickly identify some key areas we can reorganize and improve, Macy added. “The ceiling at Lindenwood is very high, and reaching it will take administrators, players, and coaches working together. I’m excited to build those relationships and get to it.”