Rugby Nova Scotia is delighted to announce our Senior Men’s and Women’s head coaches for the next 2-year cycle.


James Alder will fill the role of Senior Men’s head coach for the 2024-205 seasons. James comes into the role with lots of experience, having been a part of the coaching staff for the last 6 years, focusing his efforts with the backs and leading the defense. As a level 3 certified coach, and a current University Men’s Head Coach at Acadia University, James is keen to grow and develop the program by building a competitive performance environment for our Senior NS athletes. We are looking forward to supporting James in his new role as head coach!

For more information on the Senior Men’s program, please reach out to Team Manager, Sarah O’Connor:


Matt Melanson will step back into the role of Head Coach with our Senior Women’s program for 2024-2025 following a very successful 2023 season. Matt has proven success in building up environments and creating a pathway for players to push themselves through competition. Provincial Performance Coach, Emma DeLory noted, “Matt works tirelessly to ensure the team has a well-rounded competition season and that our NS athletes have the best chance at pursuing their dreams of playing for Canada. He is a great fit for the program and are very appreciative of his work.” Good luck to Matt and his team in the 2024 season!

For more information on the Senior Women’s program, please reach out to Team Manager, Amanda Jardine:

Join the Keltics Family! Volunteer as Head Coach for our Provincial Rugby Teams!


Hey Rugby Enthusiasts! 🌟 The Keltics are on the lookout for passionate individuals to lead our provincial rugby teams to victory! 🏉 If you’ve got a love for the game, coaching experience, and a drive for success, this is your chance to make a difference on and off the field!

Why be a Keltics Head Coach?
✨ Be Part of Something Special: Join a community that lives and breathes rugby! The Keltics are more than a team; we’re a family, and we want you to be a part of it.
🌈 Development Opportunities: Enhance your coaching skills and work with talented players eager to learn and grow in the sport.
🏆 Compete at the Highest Level: Lead our teams to success in provincial competitions and showcase the spirit of the Keltics on a grand stage.

🔍 Coaching experience & NCCP/World Rugby Qualifications of Level 2 – Trained status or higher
🤝 Leadership and communication skills
🔥 Passion for rugby and player development

Full Job Description can be found here:

How to Apply:

📧 Apply Online at:
🗓️ Application Deadline: Dec 13th, 2023
📞 Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.