Michael Minchik – President

Mike-MinchikMike started playing rugby in 2001 during his senior year at Gonzaga highschool in Washington DC, 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 MD, he played rugby with the Maryland Exiles as both prop and second row.  In 2014, he became president of the newly formed Potomac Exiles Rugby club where he continues to play wherever he is needed. Contact Mike for any questions you may need answered about the Potomac Exiles.

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Owen Lentz – Head Coach: 15s

Owen has been coaching the Potomac Exiles since 2016 and was player for the club prior to becoming head coach. He was a longtime loose forward and hooker for the Maryland Exiles, and represented the United States in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In addition to Owen’s rugby experience, he is a certified personal trainer and applies both of his skillsets towards the coaching for the club. For questions about strategy, game plan, or anything else Potomac Exiles, feel free to contact at:

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-professional-pic-moqqo4efqynf5o7p07yg2eylrmlqoudxupxxkuk8mqThomas 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 experienceImPACT 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 TakomaWashington DC Youth Rugby and many more. Thomas has recently enrolled at Georgetown University working towards his Master’s Degree in Sports Industry Management.

 Jon Furman — Director of Communications 

Jon Furman began his rugby career at Cornell University in 2012.

As scrumhalf for Cornell, Furman helped lead the team to three consecutive Ivy Playoff berths and a top-25 national ranking. He has been a member of the Potomac Exiles since he moved to Washington, D.C. in 2016.

Kenny Rothmann — Match Secretary & Vice President

Kenny started his rugby career playing youth, touch league rugby in MD, then played for his high school team at Calvert Hall and his college club at the University of Maryland before joining the Potomac Exiles.  While his “superstardom” has often gone unappreciated by teammates, coaches, and fans alike, this doesn’t bother him and he just quietly goes on providing a shining example of the model rugby player. If you need to schedule a rugby match or event with the Potomac Exiles you can contact him or 443-823-9893.

Dave Hatwell — Director of Potomac Exiles, INC.

Dave HatwellDave 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 EtchesDavid 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.

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