Biography – Coach Pat Moroney

Pat Moroney has been a player, coach, referee, and administrator within the rugby community for over 40 years. He played in Ireland, England, Wales, South Africa, and America. Coach Moroney is originally from Dublin, Ireland, and moved to New York in 2001. He has lived in Middletown since 2003 and is married with two children.

Coach Moroney with his son and daughter, who both play rugby.

Qualifications

Coach Moroney’s athletic qualifications include USA and World Rugby Coaching, Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach, World Rugby Strength & Conditioning, and USA Soccer Grassroots coaching to 11v11. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Science Performance Coaching. In late 2023, Coach Moroney completed the Crusaders Leadership Programme™, delivered by the leading SuperRugby club in the Southern Hemisphere, the Crusaders, and led by many New Zealand Coaches and Captains.

Coach Moroney winning a lineout for Old Blue in their win over Boston Irish Wolfhounds during Northeast Regionals 2003.

Playing & Coaching

Coach Moroney has been involved in the highest level of the game in the USA, playing SuperLeague and Division One Rugby with New York Old Blue and was men’s head coach and director of Rugby with Monmouth Rugby Football Club.

CBA Rugby

As CBA’s Head Rugby Coach, he was responsible for starting the program in the fall of 2010, creating a three-year plan to bring the students through non-contact, Rookie Rugby 7s and interscholastic 15s and 7s competition.

The team achieved Varsity status in the second year of play and won the NJ High School State Championship the same year. In the second year as a Varsity sport, CBA made States and lost in a penalty shootout. Four players made the All-State team, and six made the New Jersey Junior Varsity All-Star team at the Challenge Cup RAST. As the program developed, we added fall sevens where the U16 and U18 groups had continued success.

Administration

Coach Moroney is the Director of Communications for Rugby New Jersey and serves on Jersey Shore Youth Rugby and Central Monmouth Rugby boards. Coach Moroney started the Rugby New Jersey Fall Rugby Sevens Competition in 2014 and has developed a vibrant league attracting teams from Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut.

Coach Moroney with his daughter Caitlin in Ireland, where she played for Eagle Impact Rugby Academy.

Many of our athletes have gone on to play Rugby in college and at the men’s level. Colleges attended by our athletes include – Cornell, Columbia, Penn State, Catholic, Rutgers, Iona College, VMI, Colgate, Villanova, Drew, Richmond, Fordham, UCLA, RIT, Minnesota, Loyola, Towson, Georgetown, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina, Providence, University of Miami, Virginia Tech, Lehigh, Purdue, University of Vermont, Furman, Syracuse, William and Mary, University of South Florida, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, Elon, Drew, Delaware and more.

CBA Rugby athletes have also played for high-performance teams like Atlantis, Rugby New Jersey, and Ironworkers Academy.

World Sevens

Coach Moroney has worked with the Fijian National Sevens Team twice at the Los Angeles Sevens Tournament on the HSBC Sevens Series as Liaison Officer (LO). He supported the team throughout the tournament. The LO supports the management, coaches, and athletes during matches, associated activities, and training. As LO, he coordinates and disseminates all essential team-related information while ensuring the team receives all pertinent updates and communications from tournament organizers. The LO assists the team and executes additional tasks that fall within the remit of the LO’s role, including driving the team for the week. Fiji is the current Sevens World Cup and Olympic Gold Medal winner.

Coach Moroney with Fijian Sevens Legend and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist  Jerry Tuwai at LA Sevens.