Coaches

Justin Fitzpatrick

Head Coach

‘I feel incredibly privileged to be involved with the SaberCats and part of this the leading edge of Rugby in both Houston and the United States at this time. Major League Rugby and the Houston SaberCats are literally making sporting history on a week to week basis, bringing professional Rugby to this great city and around North American. To be part of this and to lead this talent group of Men that proudly wear the Black and Yellow of the SaberCats is a total privilege for me. As a player I was lucky enough to be part of the game of Rugby when it went professional in Europe and know personally how very special and exciting that time was. Now to be able to be part of this great organization, in this great city, bringing the sport I love to a new audience and working though all the challenges that presents, is indeed a blessing and a role I take incredibly seriously. Go Cats Go’.

Coaching Career

  • Dungannon Director of Rugby / Head Coach 2010-2013 (Ulster Senior Winners 2011-2012, Ulster Senior Cup Winners 2011, All Ireland Bateman Cup Finalists 2011
  • Pakistan Head Coach 2010 Asian 5 Nations
  • Irish Women’s assistant coach 2011-2013
  • USA Collegiate All Americans Assistant Coach 2013 (NZ Test Series Winners)
  • USA Eagles Assistant Coach 2013-2015 (Can Am Winners 2014-2015, Pershing Cup Winners 2014, ARC Runners Up 2013-2014, Qualified for RWC2015)
  • Seattle Saracens Director of Rugby / Head Coach 2013-2017 (USAR Div1 Finalists 2013, BCRU Div1 Finalists 2014, BCRU Div1 Champions 2015, VRU Mainland Cup Winners 2015, Legends Cup Winners 2016, Washington State Challenge Champions 2016)

Playing Career

  • London Irish 1994-1998
  • Ulster 1998-2003 (European Cup Winner 1999)
  • Castres Olympique 2003-2005 (French Cup Winner 2003)
  • Ulster 2005-2010 (Celtic League Winner 2006, Most capped forward on retirement, European Rugby Cup Elite Award Winner, All Ireland Div 2 winner 1999, All Ireland Div1 Winner 2001)
  • Ireland (26 Caps, RWC1999)
  • Barbarians

Front Office

Brian Colona

President

Brian's Bio

Brian Colona is new to Rugby with the SaberCats’ first exhibition match on 1/1/18 at Constellation Field being his first exposure to the sport.  Colona graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and spent his entire career in the oil and gas business. He moved from Chicago to Bakersfield, California in 1982 to join Chevron where he served for 15 years in various technical, managerial and commercial roles before joining the Vitol Group and serving as their Operations Manager overseeing logistics, risk management, contract admin and IT functions in the Houston offices for 16 years. After thinking he’d retired at the end of 2012, Colona was back at work in early 2013 as the construction manager on a project building Vitol’s spectacular new trading offices on Richmond Ave. Late in 2017, with the construction project over and his consulting work for Vitol nearing completion, Colona was again on the verge of retirement when Mike Loya, President and CEO of Vitol Inc. approached with an offer to join the SaberCats team. In his role as President of the SaberCats, Brian oversees all functions of the business but has the good sense to leave the day-to-day team/player decisions to an able group of Rugby experts; Head Coach Justin Fitzpatrick and Team / League Co-Founders, Jeremy Turner and Marty Power.  Brian is thrilled to be a part of bringing the rugged, exciting and noble sport of Rugby to the City of Houston and hopes you’ll make Major League Rugby a weekly event for you, your family and your friends. Come on out to AVEVA Stadium starting in January 2019 and see what all the buzz is about.

Jeremy Turner

Director 

Jeremy's Bio

Jeremy Turner manages all corporate operations. Jeremy began playing Rugby at age eight. He has played, coached, and refereed Rugby ever since. Before taking on his role with the Houston SaberCats, Jeremy was president for over 20 years at Jetlease Inc, an operating lessor of airline aircraft. He is the author of the “Complete Referee” a guide to Rugby refereeing.

Marty Powers

Director 

Marty's Bio

Patrick Cox

CFO

Patrick's Bio

Patrick Cox came to the Houston SaberCats with a strong accounting background together with hands on experience of national level media marketing. He heads up our financial functions as well as directing all our marketing and sales.

Myndi Luevano

Director of Marketing

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Sponsorships

Myndi's Bio

Myndi Luevano manages all marketing, as well as all corporate sponsorships. Myndi works with sponsors to source partnerships and is responsible for sponsor fulfillment. She also oversees all game-day promotions as well as hospitality, and any other marketing duties that arise. Myndi Luevano comes to the Sabercats with a strong background in marketing and sales. She has spent the last ten years working in the college and professional sports background. 

Alison Lenton

Office Manager

Alison Lenton manages the myriad of issues which arise from operating a professional sports franchise from liaising with visiting teams, to tracking contract
negotiations, and to arranging insurance for our players and their families. Alison, like Jeremy previously worked for many years at Jetlease Inc.

Cynthia Padilla

Accounting Manager

Cynthia’s bio

Coty Davis

Marketing Assistant

Coty’s bio