Rugby Oregon is thrilled to announce the addition of Te Awhina Ho Chee to the High School Boys Red Hawk All Star Program. Te Awhina has already begun setting the direction for the Red Hawks program as she settles in to the Head Coach role for our Tier 1 team.
We asked Te Awhina to tell us a little more about herself and here is what we learned. "Te is a native of Rotorua, New Zealand and active member of the Oregon Sports Union (ORSU). She is the current captain and forwards coach for the ORSU Women’s Premier League (WPL) squad. A point of pride for her is their 2014 D1 National Championship campaign that garnered ORSU’s promotion to the WPL.
Te grew up playing the game in junior age groups, through to the senior women’s side for Te Whakarewarewa RFC. During this time, she earned provincial school girls honors for the Bay of Plenty.
Before her move to Oregon, Te was a player/coach for the Santa Monica Women’s RFC, as well as captain of the SoCal Women’s Griffins.
Although cultural ambassadorship and college basketball first drew her to the U.S, it is rugby that continues to be a force that fosters community, diverse opportunities and an extended family whilst being so far from her NZ roots.
Te is humbled by this invitation to join the Red Hawks program. She looks forward to focusing on character and sportsmanship whilst promoting a high-performance milieu in order to develop decision-making skills across the pitch, regardless of position."
When we shared our news with Tiff Faaee, another WPL powerhouse and current Major League Rugby Coach for RUNY, she though it was amazing and told us that she "always found Te to be a great leader for the ORSU WPL team. She's encouraging and a fierce leader on and off the pitch. We've chatted a few times about playing in NZ and moving here and we both agree the players here are so passionate and we couldn't help but want to share all we learned about rugby with our teammates."
Please join us in welcoming Te Awhina to the Red Hawks All Star program and the Rugby Oregon family.