Coaches & Staff

Coach Durant

Head Coach


John Durant
Coach Durant has been involved with the UAlbany Rugby program as a player and coach since 1980. He led the Danes as captain for the 1981 season and then went on to play for the Albany Knickerbocker Rugby Club in 1982. He captained/vice captained the Knicks for 4 years as well as played Upstate Selects and Empire Games. He is a USA Rugby Certified coach. a

Coach Farison

Forwards Coach - U19 Bulldogs Head Coach


Dave Farison
Coach Farison started coaching the forwards in the fall of 2007 and is the head coach of the Albany Bulldogs U19 team. Coach Farison has played many years with the Albany Knickerbocker RFC and is currently the club's OBC. He is a USA Rugby Certified coach.

Backline Coach


Phillip Ayoreh
Phillip was a 4 year starter for the Danes and currently plays for the Albany Knickerbocker Rugby Club.

Forwards Ast. Coach


Erik Dollman
Erik is a former UAlbany Player who has gone on to form and coach the Albany Bootleggers RFC.

Faculty Advisor


Bruce Szelest
Bruce is a former UAlbany Player, Albany Knickerbocker and current old boy playerC.

Athletic Trainer


Tom Fashouer