Brian Van Remmen
BACKS & D3 COACH
Brian “Aardvark” Van Remmen wishes he was still a player but realistically is now more of an assistant coach with a focus on player development and the Village Lions Men’s Division III side.
Raised near Buffalo, N.Y., he began his playing career with Blackhorse Rugby at SUNY Fredonia, played Super League with Washington Rugby Club, and joined the Lions in spring 2010. Fall 2014 was his first season as coach.
Keen to improve players’ approach to the game on both a physical and mental level, he is a student of rugby and enjoys working closely with individual players to improve their skills and technique, as well as encourage focused preparation for games and practices.
Exuberant and amusing, most of all, his aim is for everyone to enjoy the game and the rugby lifestyle, both on and off the field.
Tad Gruman became enamored with the sport of rugby at a young age, growing up in Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia.
He played at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and helped coach the Syracuse University Hammerheads D1 and D3 programs while attending law school.
Tad is passionate about the growth of rugby in the United States, from the youth to Olympic levels.