Life Chiropractic College West has announced the hiring of Devereaux Ferris as the school’s new women’s rugby head coach. The hire comes in the midst of a golden age for the Gladiatrix, which are coming off of back-to-back USA Rugby Division I national titles.
“I am looking forward to starting up as the new head coach for the Life West Women’s WPL side,” Ferris said. “I hope to represent the College and Rugby Club as best I can. As a club, we will grow the high standards that previous coaches, Jarrod Faul and Nese Malifa, have set before us.”
Born in New Zealand, the 24-year-old Ferris brings with him a set of world-class credentials. In addition to his current duties as a key part of Life West’s men’s team (which won the 2019 Pacific Rugby Premiership title on May 4 in a 36-27 thriller over Belmont Shore), Ferris has also carved out a distinguished international career that included an appearance for the USA Eagles in 2018.
Additionally, Ferris played one season for the San Francisco Rush of PRO Rugby, and appeared in nine games for the club. He was also a member of the San Diego Legion, which competes in Major League Rugby (North America’s premier league).
Ferris’s duties will start with the women’s sevens team, which begins its training this month in conjunction with the men’s sevens squad. The 15s, meanwhile, have moved up from Division I to the Women’s Premier League, where they will compete for more glory this fall.
“We know that it will be a tough season as our women haven’t been able to face quality opposition week-in, week-out in recent years,” the new coach said. “It is entirely up to us to make sure that our ladies are ready for the challenges ahead.”