January 29 – Oradell, NJ – Alumnus, Tim Downey is returning to his alma mater to become its Varsity Rugby Coach this coming spring.

Downey began head coaching at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY where he served as Head Coach in 2011-12.  He became an Assistant at his college alma mater from 2012 and still serves the college in that role.  Downey took the reins of the SUNY New Paltz Men’s Rugby program in 2021, but chose to return to Bergen to build young men through his passion for the game.

Downey has extensive experience working with professional, youth and high school players and is a certified referee who mentors and coaches officials new to the sport.

When you ask Tim what he does, he has a one-word response, “Rugby.”  From individual and team coaching to officiating, time-keeping or serving as a leader in various rugby organization capacities, there’s a good chance you’ll find Coach Tim involved.

He continues to serve as the NYAC Under-25 All-Star team, a role he has held since 2020.

Success?  Coach Tim’s teams have placed 5th and 7th in the Collegiate Rugby Championships.  While at Iona, his teams won two Beast of the East Championships and three  Four-Leaf titles.