UR7s is running a series of articles about Collegiate Rugby in North America and how students might apply. Today we sat down with Josh Macy of National Power Lindenwood University and talked about his program
I started another college program from scratch and after developing it into one of the country's top tier programs, moved on to Lindenwood
Coach Macy, Lindenwood University
Josh Macy is the man credited with building a national quality program at AIC in the USA. Exactly, AIC. It's not a brand name college, few people have heard of it but in College Rugby circles, he put AIC on the map with the success he had over a number of years and players he produced. Josh now finds himself as Coach Macy at Lindenwood University, not exactly a brand name but another college whom sees rugby as vantage point for the institution to recruit excellent individuals to both players and learn.
UR7s had the chance to sit down with Coach Macy whom has attended the USCD Rugby Camp at Dartmouth College for the past 3 years and will once again be in Hannover in June. Coach talks about his program, his college and the experience that students will enjoy if they come to Lindenwood
****Note - Lindenwood travelled to Bath in 2016 to compete in the Red Bull University Rugby 7s.***
UR7s: What makes your institution/college different from others?
Coach Macy: Lindenwood sits in a goldilocks zone of colleges in the USA. It's on a beautiful campus with great facilities, but still not too expensive. It's small enough so students aren't lost, but there's loads of energy and social opportunities. There are good academics, but it's not impossible to get accepted. Many students find Lindenwood "just right" in almost any measure, and our students have a great well rounded experience with very competitive rugby, while achieving in the classroom and still experiencing all college has to offer.
UR7s: How does the application process work?
Coach Macy: The admissions process starts with an inquiry survey. At this time, I'll try to contact a student to answer any questions they might have. Afterwards, potential students submit an application to our admissions office and send in their school transcripts and test scores. Domestic and international students are all assigned a counselor to help them wade through the necessary steps to complete the application and financial aid process.
UR7s: Tell us a little more about yourself, your rugby history and how you ended up leading the program?
Coach Macy: I started rugby in college like many Americans in my generation. After graduating, I played men's club but was drawn to coaching from my time spent working in the summer camp industry. I lived and traveled through Central America, helping develop the game there, and then moved back to the USA after three years. I started another college program from scratch and after developing it into one of the country's top tier programs, moved on to Lindenwood to seek a new challenge and fuel my own personal growth as a coach.
we have another full time assistant coach as well as a full time athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach--all rarities in the USA.
Coach Macy on Lindenwood differences
UR7s: How would you describe rugby at your program?
Coach Macy: With a large, talented, and diverse squad, rugby is very competitive at Lindenwood University. When students pull on a jersey, they know they earned it. In light of this, training is often done in smaller groups to make sure we can help every player improve on an incremental basis.
The team's esprit de corp helps overcome some of the challenges of size and competitiveness and the support from the school makes sure that there are plenty of coaches to work with. I'm a full time coach at the school, and we have another full time assistant coach as well as a full time athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach--all rarities in the USA.
UR7s: What does the season look like? Do you play 7s & 15s
Coach Macy: Lindenwood has had success in both codes, bringing home a cup and a plate in the last two sevens national championships, while simultaneously finishing in the top four of the USA's top division of collegiate XV's. Despite all of this success, the ceiling for the program is higher still.
UR7s: What would the average week look like for your student athletes?
Coach Macy: Students normally have class in the morning and rugby in the evening. We normally have three or four field practices a week as well as gym sessions as a team or individually. We also have team meetings to watch film, set goals, etc. Rugby and school are two parts of the same coin, and the guys believe they'll get out what they put in.
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Coach Macy on the USCD Camp
UR7s: What advice can you give to students thinking about applying?
Coach Macy: Do your homework! Lindenwood is one of many schools in the USA and you should leave no stone unturned in figuring out which is right for you. Every school will look nice on a website, but figure out how to talk to as many people from there as possible. It's the best way to get a feel for a place. I often put students in touch with current players or even professors, whoever I feel gives them the information they need to make an educated decision.
UR7s: How do camps like the USCD help students in the Collegiate Application Process?
Coach Macy: College life in the USA is unlike anything most students have experienced. Getting away from home, connecting with other athletes, and listening to new coaching voices is as good of a dry run as you're going to get for college. You can hone more than your rugby skills at USCD, and they'll all help you transition successfully to college.