DIRECTOR OF RUGBY- SEAN DUFFY
YEAR AT ARIZONA: 8th
YEAR IN COACHING: 11th
COLLEGE: Saint Joseph's University, 2009
HOMETOWN: Lorton, VA
Head Coach Sean Duffy enters his seventh season with the Wildcats and first as Director of Rugby, serving as Head Coach of the Men's program while supporting the Women's program development. Duffy was hired in January 2014 to replace the late William David Sitton. In his first season with Arizona, Coach Duffy helped lead the Wildcats to the D1-AA National Championship game, the first national title game in program history and helped them earn promotion to Division 1A. Since their promotion, Arizona has reached the playoffs each of the past three seasons, including a run to the Final Four in 2017 and national quarterfinal appearances in 2016 and 2019. The Wildcats have also had success in Sevens, winning the program's first ever conference Sevens championship in 2017 and reaching the Cup Semifinal of the Collegiate Rugby Championships in 2015, 2017, and 2018. Off the field, the Wildcats have improved each year, adding amenities and support for the program including partnerships with Nike, Canterbury, and Visit Tucson.
Arizona has also brought back the tradition of touring overseas, traveling to Argentina in Spring 2018. In addition, Coach Duffy has helped start a new chapter in Tucson, opening William David Sitton Field, their brand new Rugby stadium in March 2014. Coach Duffy also serves as a scout for Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA), touring Ireland and Canada the past two Summers in coaching roles.
Coach Duffy joined the Wildcats following a successful playing and coaching career at Saint Joseph's University, and holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Criminal Justice from the university. In addition, he has worked for USA Rugby and Play Rugby USA in a Rugby development role.