USA Coaching Staff

The USA Hawks have recruited a world-class team of coaches to pursue its vision of achieving victory while bringing a world-class standard to life on the field. With International, Super League and NRL experience in their coaching ranks, the Hawks backroom staff are looking to ensure USA's kettle of talent are fully prepared to spread their wings and take flight on the Rugby League World Cup stage.

Sean Rutgerson

Sean Rutgerson

Head Coach

Sean Rutgerson is a retired professional rugby league player and joins the Hawks as Head Coach after working with the Hawks as assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach for the RLWC2015 Qualifiers Americas and RLWC2017 campaign. Having played 150 games for 4 different clubs, including the USARL’s own Jacksonville Axemen - whom he went on to coach, Rutgerson brings more NRL and Super League experience to the Hawks; having also played in the 2000 RLWC for South Africa.

Since his playing days, the former utility forward has gone on to own a personal training business in Sydney, Australia and coach at both the Wests Tigers NSW cup and Newtown Jets sides. Rutgerson’s strength and conditioning knowledge will ensure that the Hawks side will not be lacking in speed, shape or fitness.