Coaches 2022-2023

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Larry Doong

Head Coach/Forwards

Larry started his rugby career at the University of Georgia in 1996, where he played prop and flanker. After college, he had brief stints with a few local Atlanta teams before eventually settling down with the Atlanta Renegades, where he played from 2005 to 2012. During that time, he captained the Renegades D2 side to the playoffs as hooker in 2007-2008, before earning a starting spot on their D1 side as blindside flanker during their 2008-2009 run to the D1 Final Four (alongside several other UGA Rugby alumni). He also served various leadership roles, including Match Secretary, Vice President, and Director of Recruiting. After a brief hiatus, he also played a couple seasons with Columbia Olde Grey before moving back to Athens in 2017. Professionally, Larry has been an enterprise software professional for 23 years, spanning various roles including implementation (development and project management), sales engineering, management, and customer success. Currently, he is a Customer Engagement Executive with SAP in their Customer Experience division. For the past 23 years, Larry has been an active UGA Rugby alumnus. He’s organized and led the “younger” alumni team in Savannah for many years. He was one of the drivers behind the formation of the alumni into a formal legal entity with 501(c)3 status, and served as its inaugural chairman. He’s served as an assistant coach with the club since 2017, and is extremely excited to take the reins of UGA Rugby as its head coach.
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Joey McLane

Backs Coach

Joey played rugby at UGA from 2017 to 2020, and has played with various local men's clubs including Gwinnett, Athens, and Gainesville. He was selected for the USA Rugby All South Panthers in 2019, and played with Optimus Rugby 7’s in 2020. Joey also helped as an assistant coach with UGA Rugby in 2021, and has recently started a position with Boehringer Ingelheim in Athens. He will be the primary backs coach.
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Gordon Stead

Assistant Forwards Coach

Gordon grew up playing rugby in England, and has been coaching rugby since 2009. He currently works as an engineer for UGA’s facilities management division, and has helped UGA as an assistant coach since 2020. Gordon will help Larry with the forwards.