The Coastal Dragons aim to introduce the great sport of rugby to all the student athletes that live and go to school in or around Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-sea, Leucadia, and Olivenhain.


Our club was established in 2009 and is one of the largest youth rugby clubs in the United States with team from U8 coed all the way through U18 girls and U18 boys teams. Many of our players have gone on to play and coach rugby at high-schools around San Diego, including La Costa Canyon, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Santa Fe Christian and San Dieguito Academy.

Coastal Dragons is the proud host for the Encinitas 7s — a premier sevens tournament held during the month of June.

Coastal Dragons is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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How it started

The Coastal Dragons was established in 2009 by a handful enterprising ruggers, who wanted a local team in Encinitas. Many of these fathers had played rugby and wanted to share their love for the game and the culture of rugby with their sons and their community. Rugby culture is one steeped in respect, hard work, humility and sportsmanship; all valuable lessons for student athletes, which will help them develop into production young men and woman

The first practice was held at Moonlight beach in November 2009, and was attended by 30 youngsters eager to try the new sport.  The word spread quickly, and that year the Dragons registered over 50 players.  Today the club has grown to over 300 players per year registering to play rugby from U8 to U18, both boys and girls.

Boys/Girls, 5-18 years old

Coastal Dragons is one of the biggest youth rugby club with over 300 players registering every year. We are proud to be one of the few clubs that are fielding a team in every youth divisions:

  • Co-ed U8, U10, U12

  • Boys BU14, BU16, BU18

  • Girls GU14, GU16, GU18

Girls rugby is growing

In the summer of 2015 we started our first girls team with 5 girls playing in our 7s tournament. Now the girls program see over 60 registered players per year. With girls rugby being a recognized NCAA sport  in college and debuting of rugby in the Olympics Games in Rio 2016, more girls are wanting to give rugby a try. 

Coastal Dragon Girls offer specific training and programming to grow and develop each athlete to become a better leader, communicator, team player, and contributor as they enter society as an adult. However; our foremost mission is to “Teach Student Athletes to Love Rugby.”  With a program that encourages a student-centered approach, the girls can lead to developing skills in their own education, development, and self-reflection.

Become a part of our club!

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Join our club

The mission of Coastal Dragons is to build character in youth through rugby. We do this by teaching kids to love rugby.  We believe that by fostering an environment in which participation in the sport of rugby, the life experiences of the youth athletes and families are enhanced. Coastal Dragons invites all to come play rugby regardless of race, religion, gender and socioeconomic status.

Become a sponsor

The Coastal Dragon organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteers, giving of their time with the goal of keeping children active and arming them with life skills through sport. Rugby, amongst other things, is a game of respect, reliability, commitment and sportsmanship, which all our privileged young boys and girls benefit from learning. In order to develop these brilliant young talents we rely on those who can give financially to do so.  These gifts mean so much, including the ability for our club to offer a scholarship program for those facing financial hardship.

We accept all amounts regardless, as it all adds up. Some guidelines are listed below:

  • Bronze Level ($500): Your name/logo on banner(s) displayed at games and the Encinitas 7's tournament held in June. 

  • Silver Level ($1000): Bronze Level plus your name/logo on practice jerseys passed out to each player and your name/logo displayed on our website.

  • Gold Level ($1500 and more): Silver Level plus your name/logo prominently displayed.  You will also get a sponsor acknowledgement with your logo.

We are so thankful for any and all assistance you can give! 

Note: As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations to Coastal Dragons Rugby (EIN 27-1709699) are tax deductible.

 

Dragon alumni playing rugby in college

2022

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2020

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Nolan
Opalski

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University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Kristin
Bitter

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Dartmouth

HSAA, Griffins

2018

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Eva
Mejia

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University of New Mexico

Aldo
Valdez

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Mira Costa

Vivian

Bazan

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Washinton State

William

Fox

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Central Washington

Griffins

Patrick

McElroy

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UC Santa Barbara

Tre

Stigall

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Santa Barbara city college

Griffins

2016

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Owen
Duvall

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UC Berkeley
HSAA, EIRA nationals, Griffins

Steven
Lake

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Colorado State

2015

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Jake
Galloway

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Miami university (OH)

Baden
Koch

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Montana State University

Eli
Armendariz

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University of Alabama

Audrey
Tyler

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University of Oregon

Max
Conahey

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San Diego State

Kennon
Aarnes

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CSU Channel Islands

Aidan
Ryan

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UCLA

Griffins

2017

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El

Burnett

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Westpoint

Maddie

Gauthier

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CSU Chico

Justin
Petersen

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UC Santa Barbara

HSAA, EIRA nationals, Griffins

Ethan

Taotafa

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Harvard

Riley
Burrell

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BYU

Patrick
French

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UCLA

Griffins

Jackie
Ramos

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Mira Costa

Brent
August

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Boston College

Alex
Hummel

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University of Michigan

2021

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Dakota
Coady

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Cardiff Met, Wales

Reese
Wazny

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University of Utah

Lali
Lafitaga

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Lindenwood

Griffins

Jacob
Jenkins

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Cal Maritime Academy
Griffins

Luke
Sanders

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Grand Canyon University

Camila

Antunes

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UC Riverside

Curren

Castro

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Santa Barbara city college

Nico

Gilli

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San Diego State

Griffins

Reese

Prefontaine

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Kutztown

Griffins

Ian

Tarr

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San Diego State

Sean
Devins

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Arizona State

Kat
Inverso

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Mira Costa

Dean
St. Martin

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Mira Costa

Kirk
Wildermuth

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University of Oregon

Drew
Karson

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UCLA

Malcolm
Durfee

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University of Oregon

Chase
LeVeque

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Boise State University 

2019

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Emma
Richards-Smith

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Westpoint

Niklas
Lundqvist

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Penn State University
HSAA, EIRA national, Griffins

Tucker
Trickey

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Santa Barbara city college

HSAA

Caleb

Armendariz

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Cal Poly

Griffins

Gavin

Dill

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Delaware

Griffins

Sean
Lumkong

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Brown

USA U20, HSAA, EIRA nationals, Griffins

Blake
Richards-Smith

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UC Berkeley

HSAA, EIRA nationals, Griffins

Robert
Zepeda

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Mira Costa College

John
Dittoe

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US Coast Guard Academy

Kyson
Jester

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Arizona State

Nikita
Wollerman

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Colorado State

2014

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Fields

Our home field is the beautiful Encinitas Community Park (ECP).  In the winter, we also practice at the Cardiff Sports Park (CSP)) under the lights. 

Meet the board of directors

 
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TOM
BOLES

Club President

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RAY
GREEN

Communication

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TAVIN
TYLER

Vice President

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WAYNE

DELPORT

Director of Coaching

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PATRIK
LUNDQVIST

Registrar

and our functional leaders

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HEIDI
BOLES

Team Parent

Manager

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ASHLEY HERNANDEZ

Event / Spirit-wear coordinator

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ASHLEY
ATKINSON

Event / Spirit-wear coordinator