Lachland Ferguson, Director of Rugby and Head Coach of the Austin Rugby Club, has stepped down from his coaching roles at the Austin Blacks.
Ferguson will remain in Austin and will put all his efforts into an expanding coaching position at St. Edward's University. The St. Edward's administration has seen an increase in applications and matriculating students who target the school because of its rugby program. As a result, more support has been put behind the rugby program, and Ferguson has been asked to devote more time to coaching, administration and recruiting.
Ferguson leaves the Austin Blacks with a successful coaching record over the past three seasons - compiling a 30-1-1 record in Texas DI matches, and a 32-4-0 record in DIII matches. Under him, the Austin Blacks have been the Texas Men’s Rugby Champions for the past three seasons.
Over the same period, Ferguson established the St Edward’s University rugby program, and created history as he led St. Ed's to promtoion to the next division in three straight season.
“Due to my increased work load and the recent exciting developments at the St Edwards University rugby program, I am no longer able to give ARC the attention that it deserves," said Ferguson. "It has been a pleasure to work and to be a part of this formidable rugby club. We have had great success over the last three years and I am grateful to have been a part of it. I leave the club proud of the work that I have contributed, most importantly developing the club numbers and the quality of rugby that we have produced over the past three seasons.
"I am very excited about continuing to work with the outstanding people at St Edward’s University and building a program that will, within the next 3-5 years, rival the best practices in any college rugby program in America. The University has recognized the work that the rugby program provides in enhancing a student’s experience particularly the synergy of an international sport with an internationally renowned educational institution in Austin.”