Scott Marinich was raised in central New York, attended the University of Houston on a track scholarship, and graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in physical education while earning two-time All-America status in decathlon.
Beginning in 1995, Scott has been a coach, athletic director, and is currently a physical education teacher in Yonkers Public Schools. Regaining the rugby bug as a player in 2000, he started focusing on coaching in 2003 as head coach of WSCU Women’s Rugby. In 2005, he became head coach of Danbury Men’s Rugby, reaching the USA Rugby D3 Final Four in 2008.
Actively involved in all aspects of rugby, he is a certified referee and held the position of league administrator with the old Met Union and continues to work with the new Empire Union as a disciplinary consultant; he is one of the coaches with the upstart select side.
Bringing his constant study and passion for the game, he started his tenure with the Village Lions as the men’s 15s head coach in spring 2014.
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 to Scott Marinich, 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.