Saturday April 11th – Preseason Match: Eagan vs. South River Kick Off: 7:15pm Location: Farmington High School (20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, MN 55024)
Friday April 17th – Home vs. Osseo – Kick Off at 7:30pm Location: Twin Oaks Middle School
Friday April 24th – Away vs. FarEast- Kick Off and Location TBD
Friday May 1st – Home vs. Rochester – Kick Off at 7:30pm Location: Twin Oaks Middle School
Friday May 8th – BYE – Working to schedule a match
Friday May 15th – Away vs. Albert Lee – Kick Off at 6:00pm Location: Brookside School ( 211 W Richway Dr, Albert Lea, MN 56007)
THURSDAY May 21st – Make-Up Night/Additional Match
TUESDAY May 26th – Semi Finals – Kick Off TBD Location: Eagan Community Center (1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121)
My name is Dan Sikowski and I am the High School Boys Assistant coach. I got my start competing in organized sports at a young age with wrestling. I attribute much of my success as an athlete, coach, and teacher to lessons learned in the sport; however, during my Junior year of high school, several wrestling teammates convinced me to tryout with the local rugby club. Looking back, this was one of the single best decisions I have ever made. I have since competed with the UW Stout Men’s Club team, the WI U-19 Select Side, the WI U-24 Select Side, and currently play for the Eastside Banshees here in MN. My passion for the sport continues to grow with each passing year.
In addition to rugby, I am also a Technology Education Teacher at Prior Lake High School. After earning a degree from UW Stout in education, I spent several years in central WI teaching and coaching (wrestling, football and of course, rugby.) Among other reasons, moving to MN has availed me additional opportunities to be near the sport of rugby as both a player and coach. Outside of teaching or coaching, students and athletes alike know I enjoy spending time riding motorcycles. When I can’t be found on the open road, I am probably in the shop tinkering away at another custom project.
I approach coaching similar to teaching; I believe learning is fun and have tried to pass that along to the individuals I work with. In the classroom, I do not expect to turn out welders, plumbers, engineers or cabinet makers. I use technology education as a vessel to teach life skills such as problem solving, communication, quality and grit. On the rugby pitch, I want to develop the same characteristics in young athletes. Rugby doesn’t come without dropped passes, bruises, extra conditioning or tallies in the loss column. The experiences, memories and relationships are worth every second and I wouldn’t trade the fun I’ve had around this sport for the world.
My name is Kris Kohles and I am the High School Boys Assistant coach. I got my start competing in organized sports at a young age with American football. I continued to play American football from the age of 4 until an injury derailed me in college at the age of 19. When I was a freshman in high school, I traveled to the United Kingdom to visit members of my family who live there. This is when I thankfully picked up the glorious game of rugby.
After high school, I joined the United States Army and was I was in for six years. While I was in the US Army, I was able to complete my undergraduate degree at Winona State University. While at WSU, I played for their men’s rugby team for four years and competed for the Minnesota U-24 rugby team. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I was able to travel to New Zealand and play rugby for the Whangamata Men’s Rugby team in Whangamata, New Zealand. This experience helped me grow as a player and observer for the sport of rugby. Currently, I play for the Eastside Banshees in Minnesota.
My coaching philosophy will focus on the mental and physical growth of my players. As an educator at Prior Lake High School, I do not expect my students to be experts in the classroom nor do I expect them to be perfect, but I do expect them to try their hardest and give it their all. This is the same attitude that I expect my players to hold.
Now with all being said let’s get ready to compete and play this beautiful game we call rugby!