Elaine Vassie, General Manager - Rugby

Vassie commenced her coaching career at Manchester Village Spartans in 2007 and continued to the English Rugby Union (RFU) in a community and development role. More notably, in 2009, Vassie was named the Head Coach of English National League Club, Manchester FC, a role considered “arguably the hardest job in rugby” by the press. She was the first female to ever hold a Head Coach or Director of Rugby position at a National League level.

Vassie travelled to Italy to work on a consultancy basis with Italian club side DAK Matova, before moving to the US and being appointed Director of Rugby and Head Coach of the Dallas Griffins. She had the opportunity to work with coaches and players from across Texas when she was selected as a member of the Texas Select Side coaching staff for the 2014-2015 season. 

Vassie returned to the UK in 2015 and was part of the management team for Scotland Women in their Six Nations campaign. Following this, she was named Assistant Coach of the Scotland Women’s 7’s in the European Women’s Trophy series.

She went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Elite Performance before returning to the US to take on the Director of Rugby and Men’s Head Coach role at the Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club.

Vassie resides in North Texas with her husband Danny, two children Arden and Isla, and their dogs Bilko and Nala.