David Smyth was named Southern Virginia University's head rugby coach in April 2019.
With close to 30 years of collegiate coaching experience and five collegiate rugby national championships, Smyth spent 27 years at Brigham Young University where he won national championships in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Most recently Smyth coached at Utah Valley University, he has also served as head coach of the USA Men's Collegiate All-Americans from 2009-2011.
In addition to his coaching achievements, the Londonderry, Northern Ireland native played rugby in college while earning a bachelor's degree in psychology and later a master's degree in public administration — all from BYU.
Southern Virginia University's newly announced men's rugby program will begin competition in fall 2019 as members of USA Rugby.