Matt Sherman

Men's Rugby Head Coach

Matt Sherman was hired as the head men’s rugby coach in August of 2015. Sherman joined the Black Knights staff after a five-year tenure as the Director of Rugby at Stanford. With his hiring, he become the first full-time coach in Army West Point men's rugby history. The men's rugby program joined the Army Athletic Association in August 2014. Sherman led all rugby efforts at Stanford, including coaching, staffing, recruiting, administration and scheduling for both the men's and women's programs. Under his tutelage, the men's team reached the national quarterfinals twice and the women's program advanced to the national final four three times. While leading the Cardinal program, Sherman also served as the Men's College All-Americans Head Coach from 2012-2014. From 2009-11, Sherman worked with the U.S. Men's National Team as an assistant coach, working with the back line. His squad produced a victory over Russia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Sherman got his coaching start in 2007 when he served as the assistant coach for the national champion, California, his alma mater. He then moved on to his first head coaching stint at San Diego State, producing a national final four team and a national quarterfinal squad in his two-year stint. Sherman earned a bachelor's of arts degree in American Studies from California in 2003 and a master's in history from Oxford in 2007. In addition, he is currently pursuing a master's in sport psychology from JFK University.

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Assistant Coaches

Marty Veale

Assistant Coach

Marty Veale, a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, enters his first season at Army. He attended the Southland Polytechnic, graduating in January 2000 with a degree in Automotive Engineering. While working full-time Veale pursued his love of Rugby Union landing his first professional contract the same year with Canterbury, a national provincial team. In 2003, Veale played 32 consecutive games for Auckland based, North Harbour, in the National Provincial Championship. In the Spring of 2005 Veale came to New York City where he led Old Blue to the semifinals of the US Super League. He played in Tokyo from 2006-08 with the Kubota Spears in the Japanese Rugby Top League. In 2008 he returned to New York for another stint with Old Blue before playing again on home soil in the ITM Cup for Northland. Veale joined the London Wasps of the UK in 2009, playing for the London based side 37 times in both the Aviva Premiership and the Heineken Cup Competitions. It was in London that Veale began his coaching career while still playing professionally. He played his final game in his home country in 2011 before moving to New York to pursue his coaching career. While coaching Old Blue, he also volunteered with Play Rugby USA, a non-profit organization bringing rugby to schools across the city.

John Banarhall

Development Head Coach

John Banarhall enters his second year coaching the Army West Point men's rugby programs. Banarhall serves as the Head Coach of the Developmental Squad and Recruiting Coordinator. In addition, he coaches the U-16's for USA-Rugby and Eagle Impact Rugby Academy. He is currently the U-16 Head Coach. Banarhall has coached at various levels during his coaching career, including the USA U-19 National Team from 2003-07, the Amoskeag Rugby Club Senior men, Division I from 2005-11 and the Amoskeag Rugby Club U-19 Squad from 1998-present. Banarhall's professional career extends beyond his passion for rugby. Currently, he is a 21-year Captain with Southwest Airlines, based out of Baltimore, Md.