New Boys Rugby Coach Named at Greenwich High School

Mike Fina. Photo: Leslie Yager

Mike Fina was named the Head Boys Rugby Coach by Greenwich High School Athletic Director Gus Lindine. The announcement was made by Lindine on Tuesday afternoon.

Fina is replacing Joe Kelly, who resigned at the end of last season after many successful years as head coach of the Cardinals.

Mr. Kelly was elected to the Board of Education during the municipal election on Nov 5, 2019.

Kelly who initially sought to run for Selectman, instead decided to run for BOE, and in September he resigned as head coach and recommended Mike Fina replace him as head coach.

After working in the hospitality industry for a number of years, Coach Fina began coaching football in 2012 at Greenwich High School. From 2012 through 2018 he served as Freshman Assistant, Freshman Head Coach, and Varsity Defensive Line Coach. He joined the GHS Boys Rugby Staff in 2015 and has served as the Freshman Head Coach and Varsity Assistant in his time with the team.

Fina also worked closely over the last few years with Coach Erin Martschenko in developing the Girls Rugby Program, leading up to its initial season in 2019.

As a student-athlete at Greenwich High School, Fina was a football and rugby player, as well as a member of the inaugural bowling team.

Upon graduation, he chose to pursue his academics at Manhattanville College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Teaching Degree in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.