Stuart Dana Krohn
Place of birth:
Durham, North Carolina (Nov 9, 1962)
Second Row, Back Row, 7's Prop
Summary of rugby career:
First Started Playing Where:
University of Colorado, Boulder (1980)
Clubs represented and Years:
University of Colorado (1980)
Santa Barbara Grunions (1981-1982)
Kronenbourg RFC, France (1983-1984)
Stade Toulousaine (French National Champions - 1984-1985)
North Shore, NZ (North Harbour Club Champions 1988-1989)
Valley RFC Hong Kong, (Club Champions - 1990-1998)
College Rovers, Durban, South Africa (Natal Champions - 1992, 1993)
Dartmouth - Coach (1998-1999)
SMRC - Coach (1999-2009) (D1 National Champions - 2005, 2006)
Territorial/National Representative Teams and years:
All American (1986)
Junior Grizzlies (1986)
North Harbour B (1988-1989)
North Harbour 7's rep. (1989)
Hong Kong National 15's and 7's (1990-1997)
Socal Griffins - Coach (2001-2005) (National Champions 2003)
Founder of ICEF Rugby (2003-present)
No of Caps (if applicable):
Fifty 15's Caps for Hong Kong
Over Two Hundred in 7's
No of International Matches (if applicable):
Tours: Where, With Whom and Years:
A lot of them. Most proud of ICEF International Rugby Program, toured with ICEF students to Hong Kong 4 times, England, New Zealand, South Africa, and Washington, DC. Two of ICEF's captains are now playing for Dartmouth. Others are playing for UCLA, SF St., UCSC, Cal, New Mexico St. and other colleges.
Awards and Recognition:
Silver Medal - USA Maccabiah Rugby (1993),
Gold Medal - USA Maccabiah Rugby (1997)
Silver Medal - USA Maccabiah Rugby Coach (2005)
Impact rugby had on your life:
Rugby has been the main thread of my life since I started playing in France in 1983.
Most inspirational teammate/coach and why:
Most inspirational teammate/coach and why: there have been too many inspirational teammates to begin to count. I think playing with and against international players in France and New Zealand in my early 20's gave me the confidence that I could play with and against anybody. Playing with Buck Shelford was inspirational because he believed in me, and at that time he was the undefeated captain of the All Blacks. I would have to say that Aaron Blatt is one of the most inspirational captains I have seen. He had a huge impact on the rest of the team. He led from the front and inspired everyone around him to play above themselves. The most inspirational coaches I have had are Jean-Claude Skrella and George Simpkin. Skrella was so intense, yet cerebral at the same time, uncompromising. George Simpkin would face any challenge with incredible courage and self belief; no matter what the odds were against us playing for Hong Kong, he would inspire us to play better collectively than we were as individuals. The way both Skrella and Simpkin viewed the game of rugby was way ahead of their contemporaries.
What wisdom would you pass on to current players:
Enjoy playing the game, and enjoy the people you play with. Don't be afraid of change; you will change as a player, the club changes over time, embrace each season as a separate entity. Every game is a blessing.
Marital Status (Spouse/Kids names):
Married to Kazuki, my number one teammate, since 2003. Daughter Sakura born in 2008. She is the light of our lives.
"I am safe in my vulnerability".
Surfing and reading.
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