Major League Rugby’s Seattle Seawolves and Atavus Announce Anton Moolman as Head Coach

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Experienced Head Coach Joins Defending Champion Seawolves as part of “Powered by Atavus” Relationship with Leader in Coaching Consultancies

Anton Moolman to join Seattle Seawolves as Head Coach

"Anton’s proven experience and his track record of developing multiple International Springboks fits with our long-term approach. We look forward to Anton joining the strengthened Seawolves family for the 2019 MLR season.” -- Adrian Balfour, co-owner of the Seattle Seawolves.

Atavus, the leader in coaching consultation and player performance analysis, announced today that it has hired Anton Moolman as head coach for the Seattle Seawolves. Moolman, previously the Director of Rugby for the Western Province Rugby Academy in South Africa, joins the team ahead of training camp opening in November for the 2019 Major League Rugby season.

“Seawolves are engaging the entire rugby community in the Pacific Northwest, creating player pathways and high-performance structures to develop both current and future athletes. Anton’s proven experience and his track record of developing multiple International Springboks fits with our long-term approach,” said Adrian Balfour, co-owner of the Seattle Seawolves. “We look forward to Anton joining the strengthened Seawolves family for the 2019 MLR season.”

The arrival of the 48-year-old Moolman is the latest move in Atavus’ agreement with the Seawolves that provides the MLR club with coaching consultation, training, logistics, executive resources, and strategic support. As well as his dedicated coaching role at the Seawolves, Moolman will also provide input into Atavus’ continuing efforts to educate and provide effective resources for coaches across the country.

Prior to leading the Academy at Western Province, Moolman coached Western Province U21, Vodacom Cup, and Hamilton SP RFC in Cape Town to championship titles in their respective divisions. He has additional coaching experience at club and international levels in South Africa and has had a direct role in the development of several Springboks and provincial stars. As a professional player, Moolman made more than 50 appearances as a midfielder with the Boland Kavaliers under former Springbok coach Nick Mallet.

“Anton Moolman brings decades of experience to his role as head coach of the Seawolves,” said Wil Snape, vice president of rugby operations at Atavus. “At Atavus, our goal is to provide elite coaching for our partners, and Anton is the latest example of delivering on that promise. We are excited to see his impact on the field, as well as his work in talent identification that creates pathways for the next generation of MLR professionals.”

“As an organization, the Seawolves are committed to building the premier rugby club in the league,” said Shane Skinner, co-owner of the Seattle Seawolves. “Anton is the ideal choice to further that goal and maintain the momentum of last year’s championship season. We are firmly focused on becoming the best both on and off the field, and appreciate the role of Atavus in helping us achieve that goal.”

The Seawolves are one of many rugby organizations who have adopted the “Powered by Atavus” focus on comprehensive training programs for players and mentorship for coaches.

Organizations looking to improve the level of player performance, coaching support and club logistics should contact Atavus at (206) 695-2605. Some Seattle Seawolves season tickets for 2019 remain available. Please visit for more information.

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About Atavus

Atavus is a leader in coach consultation, data, and analytics for rugby and football organizations. Atavus Rugby is focused on developing player and coaching talent in the US and beyond. As the core service provider for the USA Rugby Academy, Atavus serves both elite age-grade players and aspiring players, focusing on talent identification and player development. In addition, the company offers Powered By Atavus coaching & logistical services, coach consultancies, and runs youth rugby camps in partnership with local community organizations. For more information go to

About Seattle Seawolves

A founding member of Major League Rugby (MLR), the Seattle Seawolves kicked off their inaugural season in 2018 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. With an ownership group led by Seattle-based entrepreneurs Adrian Balfour and Shane Skinner, the organization strives to develop, cultivate and expand the game of rugby in the U.S. while fostering discipline, duty, respect and a spirit of inclusion both on and off the pitch. Through community outreach efforts, the Seattle Seawolves fulfill a key pillar of the franchise’s philosophy, enriching the Puget Sound region’s youth through engagement, leadership and service. Select Major League Rugby games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network as part of an exclusive, multi-year television partnership between MLR and the television network. Season tickets for 2019 are still available; to join, please visit

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