Michael Minchik – President
Mike started playing rugby in 2001 during his senior year in high school at Gonzaga as an eight man. When he got to college his talents for being a large man were quickly recognized, and he switched to prop, where he played for five years at the University of Delaware. After moving back home to the Bethesda area he has played rugby with the Exiles as both prop and second row. Contact Mike for any general questions you may need answered about the Potomac Exiles.
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Owen Lentz – Head Coach: 15s
2016 will be Owen’s first year coaching the Potomac Exiles. He was a longtime loose forward and hooker for the Maryland Exiles, and represented the United States in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He’s excited at the prospect of this new adventure and is looking forward to stepping into this role and all the challenges it may hold. For questions about strategy, game plan, or anything else Potomac Exiles, feel free to contact Owen.
Ben Wiedemer – Forwards Coach
Ben has played rugby professionally in Ireland and represented the United States from 2007 to 2008. Ben continued his rugby career with the Potomac Exiles, primarily as a lock and now will continue to help the club as coach. Ben also operates Balance Gym in DC and can get you on a rugby-specific fitness regiment.
Thomas Bennett—Head Trainer
Thomas Bennett is a Licensed Athletic Trainer. He has been an Athletic Trainer/Physician Extender with MOST since 2015. Thomas graduated from Frostburg State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
He is also a Certified Functional Movement Systems Expert, Personal Trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association with 3 years of training experience, ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer and a Graston Technique Provider. He is heavily involved in the community, consulting and volunteering for many differentteams and organizations, such as the Potomac Exiles, Capital MMA Team Takoma, Washington DC Youth Rugby and many more. Thomas has recently enrolled at Georgetown University working towards his Master’s Degree in Sports Industry Management.
Keegan Downey — Director of Communications
Keegan began his rugby career at Gonzaga College High School where he played flanker and hooker. As his speed diminished and his bulk increased, he transitioned fully to the front row at the University of Maryland. He joined the Exiles in 2011 and has been with the club ever since. Keegan works in marketing and business development in Washington, D.C. For any sponsorship or club information please contact Keegan.
Steve Nabors — Match Secretary & Vice President
“Nabors” is the Potomac Exiles Vice President and Match Secretary. A three-time All-MidSouth player at the University of Tennessee, Steve spent six months playing at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Currently a federal civil rights litigator in the District, Steve is the proud father of a pit bull mix named Mosby and a gigantic nerd. For any scheduling questions, contact Steve.
Dave Hatwell — Director of Potomac Exiles, INC.
Dave Hatwell’s rugby career began at the University of Maryland. His coaches, recognizing his brilliant athleticism and obvious intelligence, schooled him in the dark arts of the prop. He was selected for the Potomac Union all-star and the USA East Coast teams for three successive years before moving to the Maryland Exiles. With the Maryland Exiles he continued the mastery of the dark arts with a short stint as hooker. Realizing that as hooker he could not display his full breadth of talent, his coaches permanently assigned him as “Prop for Life”. During his 18 years playing for the Exiles Dave was selected for the Potomac All-stars, Mid-Atlantic all-stars and represented the Mid-Atlantic Region six times at the ITT’s in Florida. By a unanimous six-vote decision Dave became the president of the Maryland Exiles men’s club in 2003. He fulfilled the role of captain from 2010 – 2012 and retired that winter. With his retirement in 2012 the people of Maryland wept at the loss and continue to grieve to this day. Dave transitioned to the Director of the Maryland Exiles Corporation and for reasons still unknown was the Potomac Union President for two years and the MARFU Vice President for a year.
David Etches — Board of Directors
David Etches is a former president of PAC, having spent the past 14 years as a player, coach, and administrator with PAC. David grew up in England playing rugby since he was a small boy. He represented England Schoolboys at Under 16 and Under 18 age groups and then played at the University of Birmingham in the top competition for British Universities. David emigrated to the United States after university and played for two years for Metropolis RFC in Minneapolis, MN. When David moved from Minnesota to Washington, DC, he joined PAC and has been involved with the club ever since, as a player, coach, and most recently as the club president.