• Coaches of the State College Rugby Club


    Bernie Cantorna - Bernie is the Head Coach of the State High Girls/Boys Rugby Club. He is the elected District Attorney for Centre County.  He is married to Dr. Margherita Cantorna and has 2 daughters who both played 4 years of Rugby at State High and Penn State. Elena, the oldest, plays rugby in Seattle and is completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.  Gabriella is a professional rugby player in England, capped USA rugby player, and thinking of going to graduate school.

    He played with the Wisconsin Rugby Club from 1987-1998 (Division 2 National Champs 1998), Happy Valley RFC from 1998-2016, and Wisconsin Old Boys 2017 - present.

    Bernie has been the club's head coach since 2000.  He has also been a coach for Penn State Rugby 2008 - present. He is a Certified USA Rugby Level 300 Coach, IRB Coach Education, and a member of the USA Rugby SOAR Program.

    "The rugby program is focused on the personal development and growth of our players.  We learn life skills in the context of the game of rugby and our team dynamics.  Results follow when everyone strives to be the best they can be as individuals and a team."

    Bernie can be reached by email at bcantorna@gmail.com.


    Jon Swart "Hooker" - Hooker is a Marketing Strategy Specialist as Penn State.  He played rugby with State College High School from 1999-2003 and Penn State from 2003-2008. He also played with Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union from 2007-2008 and has been playing with Happy Valley Barbarians since 2009.

    Hooker has been a State High coach since 2019.  He also coached the Penn State Mens 2008-2016 and the Women 2009-2017.  He was the Head Coach for Happy Valley Barbarians  2017-2018 and has been with the Nittany Lion Rugby Association since 2015. He is a Certified USA Rugby Level 300 Coach (World Rugby - Level 2.)

    In addition to teaching the game of rugby, Jon's goals are to teach players how to be leaders and to create an inclusive environment for everyone.

    Jon can be reached through the club's email at scrugbycoach@gmail.com.


    Coach Kuhns - Joel Kuhns is a former Marine Corps tank officer and foreign security force advisor. He started the State College Rugby Club in 2000 with Bernie.  He has played for Penn State, Happy Valley Barbarians, Camp Lejeune Misfits, Dubai Sharks, and has picked up games with teams across the country.

    Coach Kuhns was the Head Coach for the Camp Lejeune Misfits in 2009 and is a defensive coach for our club.  He is a Certified USA Rugby Level 200 coach.

    Joel would like to see players develop mental endurance, teamwork, and a belief in their own strength.

    He can be reached through the club's email at scrugbycoach@gmail.com.


    Coach Glantz - Nick Glantz is a professional software engineer at Penn State and is a father of four. He is a State High alumnus who played with the rugby club from 2003-2005.  He also played with Schuylkill River Exiles in Philadelphia from 2009-2011 after graduating from Penn State.

    Coach Glantz is a certified USA Rugby Level 100 and 200 coach.  He is a forwards coach for our club.

    He would like our players to experience improved teamwork, leadership, and self-reflection skills.

    Nick can be reached through the club's email at scrugbycoach@gmail.com.











Last Modified on January 23, 2021