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Salty Thompson EIRA director and ex USA national age grade coach

About Salty Thompson

A native of Northern Ireland, Salty began his rugby career at Regent House and was an Ulster U19 and U23 player. He completed an undergraduate degree in sports science at Loughborough University, England. Salty played rugby at Loughborough under coach Jim Greenwood and ran 400 meters in a team led by Sebastian Coe. After graduation Salty played for Nottingham in the English Premier League.

While studying for his Master’s at Arizona State, Salty began his United States rugby career as a player/coach. Salty returned to England where he taught and coached at Ratcliffe College. He continued to play rugby in the English Premier League and represented Northern Ireland at 400 meters.

Returning to the United States in 1986, Salty has coached Tempe RFC, Arizona State, Atlantis 7s, and the Southern California representative 15s and 7s programs. He has been involved with USA Rugby since 1996, was a coach educator in the USA Rugby coach education program from its inception, and a former IRB certified coach educator.


Coaching Career:

  • 2010 – current: Consultant Coach University of Arizona
  • 2010 –2018: Head Coach USA HSAA 7s & 15s
  • 2008 – 2010: Head Coach USA u20s
  • 2003-2007 Head Coach USA u19s
  • 1996-1997 USA Rugby Eagle Fitness Coach
  • Head Coach ASU 7s
  • Head Coach – Southern California Griffins 15s and 7s
  • Atlantis Sevens Coach

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