Seattle Saracen’s Women’s Coach and Women’s Director of Personnel Tim Zern has been with the club since 1997 in a tenure which has lasted almost 20 years. Tim has been a player, coach, Super League representative, and Executive Committee member. Before his time with Seattle, Tim was a player and coach at California State University, Chico RFC and the University of Arizona RFC. He has also coached high school football and worked as a Youth Development Officer for Rugby Washington. Tim is also a founding member of USA Rugby’s Club Strategic Committee, a group of rugby officials throughout the country charged with eligibility and competition oversight for the approximately 60,000 registered club level rugby players. Joining Seattle, formerly Old Puget Sound Beach RFC, in 1997 Tim played flanker and participated in the inaugural USA Rugby Super League. Throughout his playing career, Tim played loose forward and later enjoyed the opportunity to play scrum half. One of Tim’s playing highlights was being the starting scrum half for the club’s first Super League win, an away match at Dallas Harlequins RFC. Currently Tim is part of the excellent Women’s coaching staff, focusing on player skill development and in particular the scrum half position. Outside of rugby, Tim works as an educator at Beacon Hill International School in Seattle, WA.
Liz Kirk, the women’s forwards coach, has been a member of the Seattle club, in all of its iterations, since 1992. Her prior experience was in Albany, NY and Portland, OR. Liz played every front row position throughout her career in Seattle and captained the side several times. As a prop, she earned 23 caps for the US between 1996 and 2003. Liz competed in the 1998 World Cup, in which the US placed second to New Zealand, and in the 2002 World Cup. Liz was the forwards player/coach for the Seattle club from 2000-2005, and for the West Coast Rep Side, the Grizzlies, from 2000-2003. She also served as the forwards coach for the US U23 Women’s National Team from 2002-2005 with tours to England and New Zealand, and as a front row technical coach for the US Women’s National Team from 2004-2006. Outside of rugby, Liz teaches nutrition at Bastyr University and the University of Washington.
After playing rugby in his homeland Tonga for 18 years, Vili moved to America and continued playing for another 4 years in Seattle. After retiring from playing in 2000, Vili started his coaching career and giving back to the game. Starting out with his Old Puget Sound Beach (OPSB) club, he coached for 6 years. Then continuing on with the newly combined Seattle-OPSB RFC. A daunting challenge, Vili hit it head on and took both 1st and 2nd teams to a 9 and 1 record in his first season. In 2009 Coach Lino took to coaching the newly formed Pacific Rovers where he had the opportunity to coach some more of his fellow countrymen who had also played in Seattle. In the fall of 2015, Vili Lino was named to the Seattle Saracens coaching team as assistant coach of the men's squads. Sure to lend his experience and passion for the game to his players, Coach Lino will certainly grow as an asset to the club.
A born and raised athlete, Fraser has participated and competed in several sports. After moving to British Columbia from Montreal, Quebec at age 14, Fraser discovered rugby and fell in love with the sport. Playing for the local Bayside RFC as well as his high school team, he was afforded the opportunity to tour England, Ireland, and Wales to get a taste for rugby overseas. While attending university in Newfoundland, Fraser played for the local Swilers RFC. Finally landing himself in Seattle in 2004, Fraser joined the then Seattle RFC and continued to play for several years. While playing for Seattle and after retiring from the game, Fraser has been part of the executive and volunteered with several aspects of the club. Starting as recruiting director, Fraser has been involved with coaching, fundraising, sponsorship, management, media manager, and even volunteering as 1st aider on the sidelines. Voted in as Vice President in July of 2015, Fraser brings his love and enthusiasm for the game and puts it back into the club. Growing rugby and building an even stronger club is what he is striving to do. A proud Sarrie, Fraser is excited to see where the Seattle Saracens and rugby can go in the future.
Bethany has been the Athletic Trainer for the club on and off since 2010 with both the men's and women's programs. During that time, she also worked with the Eastside Lions Youth Rugby Club and did a stint with the USA Men's National Team for the Americas Rugby Championship in 2013. Before rugby, she was the Athletic Trainer for Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and training for triathlons.
Justin Fitzpatrick was appointed Director of Rugby of Seattle Saracens in July 2013. This is the latest step in a distinguished playing and coaching career within professional rugby. Fitzpatrick started his professional rugby career playing for London Irish from 1994 - 1998. In 1998 he joined Ulster Rugby in Belfast where he immediately helped Ulster become the first Irish province to win the European Cup, the elite European Rugby competition. Fitzpatrick also made his debut for the Ireland senior team in 1998 and went on to be awarded 26 caps for Ireland. Fitzpatrick retired from playing in 2010 through a career ending injury having spent 10 seasons with Ulster Rugby only interrupted by a two season stint with Castres Olympique in France during 2003 - 2005. On retirement Fitzpatrick was the most capped Ulster forward in the province’s history with 156 Ulster Caps. After retirement Fitzpatrick was appointed Director of Rugby for Dungannon RFC where he guided them to multiple League and Cup titles. Since arriving in Seattle, Fitzpatrick has overseen multiple League and Cup wins in both the Men’s and Women's programs for 15s and 7s version of the game. Fitzpatrick is also the current USA 15s Assistant coach helping the U.S Eagles qualify for the Rugby World Cup in England 2015 and win the USA's first Back to Back Can-Am Trophy's 2014 - 2015. Fitzpatrick graduated with a degree in Sport Science from the prestigious Brunel University College in 1998.
General Manager (Men)
I started playing Rugby my freshman year at Liberty High School in Renton Washington in 1990 under the coaching of Seattle Rugby Club members Mark Bullock and Rick Ravsten. I was coached the following three years by another group of Seattle Rugby Club Players; Jim Gourley, Burt Turnbull, Pat Lockridge and Jim Denny. I went on to play for the University of Washington Rugby Club under the guidance of Larry Nash (Seattle), Pat Simmons (Old Puget Sound Beach), Michiel TelKamp (OPSB) and Joe Nickerson (OPSB).
I started playing rugby for Seattle Rugby Club in 1998 and played in all the top club competitions in North America including the British Columbia Rugby Union, USA Division 1, and Rugby Super league. I represented Seattle, OPSB, Seattle OPSB, and the West Coast Grizzlies. I unofficially retired from playing competitive rugby in 2010.
I first became the Seattle Rugby Club Men's General Manager in 2005 and held an active role as the Seattle Club Men's Manager, and then Seattle OPSB Co-Manager until the end of the 2009-2010 season, where I then stepped into an assistance role. I remained as an assistant to the manager for the next four years. I re-engaged as Men's General Manager for the now Seattle Saracens in 2014.
Kevin has worn many hats within the Seattle rugby community since arriving from the UK in 1998 and this season as well as being assistant coach to the Men’s program, Flynn is also the current Seattle Saracens President. Flynn started his rugby career playing in the English County Leagues, initially for Sussex then Surrey and finally Middlesex. Flynn then played his rugby with London Irish from 1990 to 1996 where he captained many sides during his tenure with the club and played alongside our current director of Rugby, Justin Fitzpatrick. Since arriving in Seattle in 1996, Flynn has played in all the top club competitions in North America including BCRU, Rugby Super league and USA Division 1. Kevin has represented Seattle, Seattle OPSB, OPSB, West Coast Grizzlies and Seattle Saracens. Again captaining and in some cases coaching those teams. As well as playing for Seattle, Flynn coached the All Army representative side for three years steering them to the national championship in 2003. Flynn also coached Military Combined Services Rugby for a successful European tour in 2004. More recently Flynn has served the club as Coaching Director and was integral in the recruitment of former London Irish team mate and now Sarries Director of Rugby Justin Fitzpatrick. As Saracens President Flynn makes sure the traditions of our club remain intact and that there is the continued pursuit of the ethos and traditional values of the club alongside its winning traditions. Kevin Graduated with a BSC in Sports Science form St. Mary's college, Twickenham, London.
As a player, Reyes started his amateur career playing rugby in CR Badajoz and CR Cisneros (Spain), CUS Pavia (Italia) and TRING Rugby (UK). Reyes started his professional coach career in 2010. Reyes has a Bachelor's Degree in economics. These are some of the highlights from Reyes' rugby career. 2011-2014 Manager U-17; U-18 and U-19 -- Spanish National Team U-18 1st place European Championship Grenoble (FRA) 2013 Justin Bridou Trophy U-17 1st place Cross-Border FIRA Tournament 2012 U-18 2nd place European Championship Poland 2014 U-18 2nd place European Championship Lisbon 2013 U-19 3rd place European Championship Lisbon 2013 U-19 4th place European Championship Lisbon 2012 2010-2013 Director of rugby and Head coach -- CR Badajoz 2014/2015 Assit. Coach Seattle Saracens Women 1st place in US Nationals 2015 2015/2016 Head Coach Seattle Saracens Women