Sue Whitwell is in her third season as assistant coach of the women's rugby team in 2015-16.
Year two saw growth for the program and the sport itself. In the fall Harvard took on Brown in the first all varsity women's rugby match in Ivy League history. The team also participated in its first 7's national torunament at the ACRA's 7's Championship.
In her first season with the team, Whitwell helped Harvard claim the 2013 Ivy League Rugby Tournament title and earn a berth in its first-ever USA Rugby Collegiate Division I national championship tournament.
Whitwell, who was first exposed to rugby in college at Illinois, helped her team qualify for the finals of the National Women’s Collegiate Championship in 1996. After graduating from Illinois, Whitwell joined the Chicago Women’s Rugby Football Club as a player and eventually moved into a coaching role.
In addition to her roles at Loyola and Northwestern, Whitwell remained heavily involved in the Chicago Women’s Rugby Football Club as a coach and player. She has worked closely with the Women’s Senior Side, the Midwest Under-21 and Under-23 squads and the Midwest Senior Select Side in 2005 and 2008.Whitman also served as an assist coach for the USA National Under-23 team from 2007 to 2008. Most recently, she has been an assistant coach for forwards for the Midwest Under-23 team.
She was named to the National Women’s Collegiate Development Select Side and became a member of the CARFU Women’s Senior Side and Midwest Women’s Senior Side out of college. She moved to New Zealand in 1999 to play rugby where she further developed her skills as a member of the Provincial Side team.
Whitwell graduated from Illinois with a B.F.A in fine arts and sciences in 1995.