Kimber Rozier is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Harvard women's rugby team. She joins the Crimson after several years of collegiate and professional experience, including three World Cup appearances with Team USA. In her first season with the Crimson, Rozier helped lead Harvard women's rugby to a 4-3-1 record during the fall 15s season. Harvard competed in its second-straight Ivy Championship in the fall and concluded the season with a trip to the NIRA Semifinals against Dartmouth.
“We are excited to have Kimber join the Harvard rugby family,” said Denham. “Her wealth of knowledge and experience on the field, in high performance and in leadership, will be a great fit for the team. It’s an exciting time for Harvard rugby, and there is no better person to support the direction and growth of our program than Kimber.”
Rozier joins the Crimson after a successful 2016 season in which she played as the starting fly half for England’s women’s premiership team, Harlequins Ladies, and Irish team, Railway Union. Rozier also has played in three World Cups for team USA, winning the Bronze medal in 2013 with USA 7s and competed in 2014 and 2015 with USA 15s. She is a former professional 7s athlete who trained out of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California from 2012-2014, and is a two-time All-American.
“Coming off her second 15s World Cup as the USA flyhalf, Kimber rounds out our coaching staff as a back and 7s specialist,” Denham said. “Having a distinguished athlete with such joy for the game and passion for coaching and sharing her knowledge will be inspirational for our team, and her energy a great fit for our growing culture.”
Rozier attended North Carolina and earned a degree in exercise and sport science. She has been an NSCA strength and conditioning coach since 2013, and has experience as a high-performance coach for multiple collegiate programs. Her experience includes being a coach and athlete at the Olympic Development Academy, as well as previous coaching stints at UNC and Navy.
“I’m excited to work with such a distinguished rugby program, institution and group of student-athletes and coaches who share my passion for excellence,” Rozier said. “Coaching at Harvard provides a unique opportunity to shape the future of rugby in America, and I look forward to collaborating with the team to lead the way.”
Harvard is 3-2-1 on the season and is set to compete in the first round of NIRA Nationals on Saturday, Nov. 11.