Robert Joseph

A native of Scotland, Robert moved with his family to North Carolina in 2002. Initially Robert helped coach the Eno River Women’s Rugby team. In November 2003, disappointed with the lack of youth rugby in the Triangle area, Robert helped with a rugby demonstration as part of International Day at East Chapel Hill High School. After seeing a strong interest in a rugby team at the high school, Robert helped the establishment of the Highlanders Rugby Club. Robert is a forward coach and specializes in line outs. Robert is also the President of Highlanders Youth Rugby.

Coaching Accreditation:

  • RFU Level I (1999)
  • USA Rugby Level II  (2005)
  • USA Rugby CDP Level 2 (2009)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach
  • USA Rugby Level I Referee
  • Rookie rugby instructor

Coaching Achievements:

  • Mini rugby coach at Bracknell Rugby Club (1996-2002)
  • 7 NC HS/U19 State Championship finals in a row (2004-2010)
  • 5 NC HS/U19 State Championships (2006 -2010)
  • NC HS U17/U19 All Stars coach 2005-2010, 2012
  • USA Rugby development camp coach 2005 & 2006

USA Rugby South HS/U19 Championship finals

  • 2005 runners up
  • 2008 4th place
  • 2009 Champions
  • 2010 runners up

2005, 2009 USA Rugby National HS/U19 Championships

  • 2005 8th in Div II
  • 2009 7th in U19

Playing History:

  • 1970s – Dalziel High School
  • 2002-2012 – Touch rugby with Highlanders, Chapel Hill

Jason Niemiller

Jason has played rugby since 17. He’s played at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and for various clubs in Ohio and North Carolina. He has also been on several tours and training sessions in the United Kingdom. Currently, he serves as the Vice President for the Clayton Bootleggers RFC.

Jason has been involved in coaching youth rugby since 2012. He currently coaches the forwards with the Chapel Hill Highlanders U19 team.

Coaching Accreditation:

  • USA Rugby Level 200

Coaching Achievements:

  • 2013-2014: NCYRU middle school all stars
  • 2015: NCYRU high school all stars
  • 2015-2016: NAV Select Sevens (high school)
  • 2012 – present: NCYRU youth rugby (high school)
  • 2017- present: Chapel Hill Highlanders Sevens Coach
  • 2015 – present: Clayton Bootleggers RFC Sevens Coach

Adrian Laros

Adrian has rugby in his blood coming from South Africa applying his trade at a loose forward, predominately as 8th man. Adrian played rugby throughout his schooling career and went on to play for one of if not the top club in Cape Town (Villagers) for over a decade as well as playing semi-professional rugby in France. Adrian has also been coaching rugby since 1984, coaching high school teams as well as being the assistant coach of the men’s team at Life University in Atlanta, USA for 5 years.

Coaching Accreditation:

  • Level 2 IRB Coaching certification

Coaching Achievements:

  • 1984 – 1995: WBJS – U11A & U13A
  • 1996 – 2000: Life University – Men’s Team
  • 2002: Villagers – 2nd XV
  • 2003 – 2017: SACS Junior School – U12A & U13A

Playing History:

  • 1984 – 1995: Villagers 1st XV, South Africa
  • 1986 – 1989: La Teste Rugby Club, France
  • 1990 – 1992: Western Province – Provincial ‘B’ team
  • 1995: Western Province Sevens – Provincial