Personnel

  • Tim FalconOwner

    For Tim Falcon, rugby is a passion, a calling and a gift, one that has been a part of his life for more than 40 years; and one he’s passed on through his family and generations of young players. The journey continues on a new level with NOLA Gold. Tim first discovered rugby in college at Louisiana State University in 1978. He played as an undergrad through law school and later built his law career and family in the West Bank community of New Orleans. He has been integral to the development of the New Orleans Rugby Football Club, as a prop and captain. Off the field, he has been president and served as Honorable Chairman of the Distinguished Field Committee.

    As a coach of high school and youth teams, Tim has introduced rugby to many young athletes, including his own sons, Jarrett, Cameron, and Brennan. Under his leadership, their Shaw High School team won two state championships and a regional title. Tim was the co-founder of Louisiana Rugby, a league that develops and supports high school and youth teams. Tim has traveled extensively on rugby tours and hosted international teams visiting New Orleans. Tim co-hosted the first professional rugby match in America when the London Wasps played the Bristol Shoguns in New Orleans in August 2000.

    Tim still boots up to challenge fate and continue his passion for the game on the pitch. Through NOLA Gold, he will create new opportunities for players and coaches, by using rugby as a vehicle to contribute to the West Bank community he calls home.


  • Ryan FitzgeraldDirector of Rugby / General Manager

     

    Ryan Fitzgerald, a native of Wind Lake, Wisconsin, is a decorated rugby player, U.S. Marine, and professional football scout. In 2003, following a standout career at Muskego High School as a lock and back row player, Fitzgerald was selected to represent the United States u19 World Cup squad in France. Afterward, he took a four-year hiatus from rugby to serve his country with the U.S. Marines. From 2003 – 2007, Fitzgerald served two tours in Iraq with the Marines’ 3rd Battalion. He was honorably discharged in 2007 having attained the rank of sergeant. Upon returning to civilian life, Fitzgerald returned to his rugby roots, contributing to the success of the Milwaukee Rugby Club. In 2010, Fitzgerald transferred his rugby talents to New Orleans Rugby Football Club, where his inspirational leadership style and fierce play helped New Orleans win nationals in 2011 and runner-up in 2014.

    In 2015, Fitzgerald hung up the rugby boots and picked up the scouting pen when his discerning eye for talent earned him a position as a professional NFL scout. His appointments include Reese’s Senior Bowl (2015 – present); training camp, Miami Dolphins (2016); rookie camp, Dallas Cowboys (2017).

    Ryan resides on the Westbank with his wife Kalli and their three children Braden, Adisyn and Rowan


     

  • Nathan OsborneHead Coach

    Coach Nathan Osborne, a native of Australia, takes the helm as head coach of New Orleans Gold in its inaugural season. Coach Osborne brings with him a lifetime of elite rugby experience both as a player and a coach. Osborne started playing rugby at the age of four with Australia’s famous Queanbeyan Blues program, where he began to develop the skills that would eventually earn him recognition as a first-class attack fly half. Later, during his formative schoolboy days, Osborne was a perennial first XV player with the elite St. Edmunds College, Canberra, program. Osborne’s field generalship and sharp skill set earned him a continuous series of selections and appointments, including to the NSW Waratah Academy, NSW u20s, East Rugby Club, and the ACT Brumbies Runners.

    In 2003, Osborne, then 23, was invited to bring his rugby talents to the United States to play with the then Super League team, the Denver Barbarians. After a four-year stint leading the Barbos at 10, Osborne transferred to Metropolis, RFC (Minneapolis), where he led the team first as a player, then player/coach, and eventually, full-time head coach. During his nine-year tenure at Metro, Osborne showed his quality as a coach, leading the squad to a series of championships and elite finishes, including 2010 DIII national champions, 2011 and 2013 national championship final four appearances, and 2012 and 2016 DI elite eight births. Osborne’s coaching success transformed Metro into a nationally recognized powerhouse and earned Osborne a selection to the USA Eagles coaching staff, where he served as the Eagles’ backs/attack coach for the 2015 World Cup squad.

  • Dr. Todd Fitzgerald, D.C.Assistant Coach

    Dr. Todd Fitzgerald, D.C., a native of New Orleans, graduated from local rugby powerhouse Jesuit High School in 1992. From there he spent four years at the University of Miami honing his skills as a backline player. After graduating in 1996, Fitzgerald returned to New Orleans where he played with New Orleans RFC for three years, being named Most Valuable Back. Fitzgerald was an integral part of a resurgent New Orleans squad that was promoted to Division I following an unprecedented 33 match win streak.

    In the fall of 2000, Fitzgerald was accepted into the chiropractic program at the veritable rugby institution, LIFE University. Fitzgerald's vision and crisp backline play earned him Rookie Honors following his first season at Life. After some mercenary years playing in Chicago for the Griffins and Woodsmen, Fitzgerald returned to New Orleans where he again played and then coached NORFC with great distinction. Fitzgerald was a player on New Orleans 2011 and 2012 national championship squads and was an assistant coach for New Orleans’ 2013 DI national final-four birth and its 2014 national championship appearance.

  • Dr. Neil L. Duplantier M.D.Team Doctor

    Dr. Neil Duplantier is an orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and cartilage surgery.

    Dr. Duplantier spent an extra year of surgical and medical training after residency to concentrate on the diagnosis and treatment of athletic injuries. He has worked with various professional athletic organizations including the Houston - Astros, Texans, Dynamo, and Ballet Company; collegiate teams such as Rice and Loyola; and numerous high school teams in both New Orleans and Houston. He has also had the unique opportunity to provide treatment for the astronauts at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas.

    Dr. Duplantier specializes in acute and chronic ligament, tendon, or cartilage injuries to all major joints. He primarily treats shoulders, elbows, Knees, and Hips. Many of these injuries are either sport or work-related, but that is not required. He treats fractures surgically when necessary, but performs casting, bracing, and other non-operative treatments such as specialized injection therapies. Dr. Duplantier aims to treat all of his patients with the same high-quality orthopedic care that professional athletes receive. He utilizes a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of injuries when possible in order to return patients to sport and work as quickly and safely as possible. He also aims to prevent musculoskeletal injuries before they occur through patient education and a direct focus on proper athletic technique.

  • Bum Lee CSCSStrength and Conditioning Coach

    Bum Lee is the owner of Westbank Athletic Club. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of New Orleans. Bum is a professional strength and conditioning specialist that recently published, "New Workout: Human Resistance Training." He is a former U.S. Marine that scored a perfect 300pt on his physical fitness test; Bum's physical capabilities were also showcased in the AAU World Championship where he earned himself three national records. Bum Lee's philosophy focuses on continual lifelong learning as he works towards enhancing the well-being of his clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance, and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier, stronger life.

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