Head Women's Rugby Coach
Bill LeClerc, with international experience as both a player and coach, in his third season as Army's women's rugby head coach. LeClerc, who started with Army in 2012, boasts a 30-6 mark as the 15s head coach and a 6-3-1 mark with the 7s. He is 5-0 opposite service academy rival Navy. He began coaching at Army in 2011, serving as an assistant coach to both the men's and women's programs. LeClerc also serves as assistant coach to the United States Women's National Team, a position he has held since 2013.LeClerc is the scrum coach and provides tactical and strategic analysis for training and game management. He helped USA Rugby qualify for the Men's Rugby World Cup in 2007 and 2011, the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2010 and was part of the staff for the 2009 Under 20s team that reached the finals of the IRB World Trophy.
Steve Lewis, a native of Glasgow, Scotland is entering his second season with the Army West Point women’s rugby program, having been tapped to assist the spring 2015 7s program by his former teammate and Army West Point Women’s Rugby Head Coach Bill Leclerc. Together, they amassed a 15-5 record and an ACRA championship in the inaugural season. Lewis is one of the few World Rugby Level 3 (USA Level 400) coaches active in North America and was the 2014 USA Rugby Coach of the Year. After playing with the venerable West of Scotland rugby club and also the Glasgow provincial team, he emigrated to the United States and became player-coach in Vail, Colo. His coaching career continued in Colorado spanning every level of the American game including clubs such as Denver Highlanders and Old Blue of New York, where he is currently Director of Rugby, and representative sides such as the West Men's All-Stars, West Collegiate All-Stars, Northeast Collegiate All-Stars and Eastern Rockies U19 All-Stars. He has also coached the national team of Nigeria and the only rugby club in Palestine, the Beit Jala Lions.
Lara Vivolo enters her first season with the Army West Point women's rugby program in 2016-17. Vivolo comes to West Point after assisting the Pelham High School to a second-place finish at nationals and states in the spring of 2016. She started the first ever women's club program at Manhattanville College in the fall of 2015 in addition to the girls and boys high school varsity programs at Rye High School that spring. Her coaching experience spans multiple sports, including high school varsity girls and boys swimming, basketball and track and field during her 17-year career as a teacher in the public school system in Tarrytown, N.Y. As an athlete, Vivolo was a two-sport athlete at SUNY Cortland as a swimmer and rugger. She graduated in the spring of 1999. Upon graduation, Vivolo joined the New York Rugby Club in the fall of '99, playing throughout the next 11 years. During that time, Vivolo aided the team to two national championships in 2006 and 2010. She also played for hte Northeast All-Stars from 2002-2010, garnering a multitude of all-star titles. Vivolo's playing career then took her out to the U.S. national team training camps. In 2006, she was asked to move from lock to tight head prop, where she would play throughout nine international caps with the national team in 2008 at the Nations Cup in England. She would play for the U.S. squad for the following two years, including an appearance in the 2010 Women's World Cup where the United States placed fifth.