2017-2018 RUGBY (W) COACHES
Graeme McGravie took over as head coach of the Concordia Stingers women's rugby team in 2005 after three seasons as head coach of the men's squad. McGravie is a fully-certified Level 3 coach with a wealth of experience at all coaching levels.
McGravie has enjoyed great success at the CIS level, being named both QSSF and CIS Women’s Rugby Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010. An additional Quebec conference honor came in 2013. He has brought the Stingers to the women’s playoffs for nine consecutive seasons. Concordia played in the Quebec conference championship in each of the last seven seasons, winning in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
He has been involved in coaching provincial teams as head coach of the Quebec men's entry at the Canada Summer Games in 1997 and as an assistant coach with the 2001 team. He was at the helm of the Montreal Menace, which represented Quebec in the Canadian Rugby Super League from 2000 to 2002.
McGravie also has a lot of experience working with student-athletes. He served as head coach of the Dawson College men's rugby team from 1997 to 2001 and held various high school coaching postions in the west end of Montreal — at both public and private schools — between 1987 and 1997.
He took over as head coach of the Stingers men's rugby team in 2002. He was responsible for a young team that relied heavily on his leadership and teaching abilities.
"I know the game of rugby well and I'm prepared for whatever the game has to offer," says McGravie. "My biggest job is to get the team physically and mentally prepared. There are a lot of young athletes making the jump to university rugby, and it's a big jump. But the 18 to 23 year old athletes are the ones you can have the most fun with. They are very focused."
McGravie is an employee of Concordia University, working as a manager in Residence Life. He graduated from McGill University with a bachelor degree in Social Work.