Coaching Staff

Miles Loewy

Head Coach

Miles Loewy is a native of London, England where he graduated from Exeter College where he captained on the rugby team. Exeter went on to win the rugby College Championship in 1983 while Loewy lead the team. Loewy was sidelined by a neck injury in 1986, but quickly found the Pittsburgh Harlequins when he moved to the United States and became active as a player and coach.

Steve Hunt

Assistant Backs Coach

Steve Hunt has been living and breathing rugby since he started playing Indiana University of Pittsburgh in 1977. Since then, he’s played for Slippery Rock University, the Pittsburgh Rugby Club and the Pittsburgh Harlequins. He took on the role of coaching in 1997 where he led Pitt City 15s/7s and has since coached for IUP RFC, the Pittsburgh Harlequins and West Virginia University RFC. Hunt currently serves as coach for the Pittsburgh Harlequins/Panda 7s.

Wes Fravel

Assistant Coach

Wes Fravel began his rugby career at Penn State University and discovered the Pittsburgh Harlequins in 1992. During his rugby career, Fravel trained under Frasier Grigor, Terry Ryland, Jack Clark, George Hook, and Eddie O’Sullivan among others. Throughout his rugby career he has coached with Fox Chapel High School, Slippery Rock University and has been a coach with Pittsburgh Harlequin Rugby since 2000.

James “Chip” Lenzi

Assistant Coach

Chip Lenzi began his rugby career in 1985 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While at IUP, Lenzi served as both team president and co-captain. After graduating from IUP, Lenzi went on to play for the Boca Raton RFC. He was recruited by the Pittsburgh Harlequins in 1993, where he played until 2004. A true rugby devotee, Lenzi has continued his passion for the sport as recruiter for the Pittsburgh Harlequins, head coach at Robert Morris University RFC, head coach at IUP RFC, forwards coach at West Virginia University RFC, as well as a stint as a player for the Vicenza Rugby Club in Venice, Italy. Lenzi is both a certified referee and Level II coach.

Mark K. Connolly

Assistant Coach

Mark Connolly began his rugby career in the early 1970s, shortly after attending the University of Dayton. He joined the Harlequins in 1975 and has remained an integral part of the organization ever since. Connolly organized tours, and has traveled extensively overseas, representing the Harlequins from Bermuda and Mexico, to Europe and Australia. In the 1990s, Connolly transitioned from an active player to an even more active administrator with the Harlequins. As a member of both the Allegheny Rugby Union Referee’s Society and Midwest’s Referee’s Society, Connolly plays a pivotal role in game development throughout the Northern United States. For the past 10 years Connolly has organized programs and mentored teenagers in the Harlequin’s High School Programs. As Director of these programs, Connolly has seen hundreds of teenagers go on to play in college, and even return as mentors in their communities.