TOM WAQA

HEAD COACH
tom_waqa@byu.edu
801-422-0296

Responsibilities

  • Head Coach

Education

  • Brigham Young University – Hawaii (2001: B.S. Computer Information Systems)
  • Ratu Kadavulevu School, Fiji

Hometown

  • Savusavu, Fiji

Family

  • Wife: Cameron (M.S., A.T.C. BYU ‘07)
  • Children: 4 kids - 3 boys and a daughter.

Occupation

  • Data Center Systems Engineer, Bluehost.com - EIG.

Coaching Experience

  • 2004 – 2015: (BYU) Women’s Cougar Rugby Head Coach
  • 2004 – 2005: BYU Men’s Rugby Development Coach
  • 2009-2010: Provo Humless Rugby 7s Head Coach
  • 2010: USA Rugby Collegiate All-American Assistant Coach
  • 2014: Utah High School Girls All-Star Selection Coach
  • 2015 – Present: BYU Women’s Rugby Head Coach

Years at BYU

  • Coach (2004 – Present)

Playing Experience

  • BYU-Hawaii Rugby (1998 - 2001)

Coaching Highlights

  • USA Rugby, New Zealand Rugby Smart & World Rugby Certified Coach
  • 2010 USA Rugby Women's Collegiate All-American Assistant Coach
  • 2010 Provo Humless Rugby Club, USA Rugby National 7s Appearance
  • 2011 United States Olympic Committee National Volunteer Coach of the Year
  • 2014: Utah High School Girls All Star Selection Coach
  • Coached BYU to: (11x Elite 8 | 7x Final 4 | 3x Conference Champions)
    • 2016 USA Women's College Rugby DI Elite Runner Up (Silver Medalist)
    • 2017 USA Women's College Rugby DI Elite National 3rd place
    • 2018 Final 4 appearance
    • 2019 BYU's first ever Division 1 National Championship

Playing Highlights

Forward: flanker and backline: center, wing, fullback

  • Nasinu Rugby Club, Suva, Fiji (1991-1995)
  • RKS Old Boys Rugby Club, Suva, Fiji (1995-1997)
  • BYU-Hawaii Rugby 7s & 15s (1998 – 2001)
  • Hawaii Rugby Union State Champions 2001 (BYU-Hawaii)
  • Hawaii Rugby Union State Most Valuable Player Award (2001)
  • Provo Men's Rugby Club 15s & 7s team (2003 – 2006)
  • Utah All-Stars Men's Rugby Team Captain, USA Rugby Regional All-Star Tournament (2005)