- Written by Tianna Kilgore
January Alumna Feature (an update!)
We last checked in with Jamie Frech back in February of 2016, but a lot can change in 3 years. Let’s hear what Jamie, or should I say Coach Frech, has been up to since then!
Years of Rugby Experience
Still going :)
All but mostly Scrum Half and Flanker
What have you been up to since graduation?
I've been busy! I am a Mom to three amazing young men, I coach the magnificent UMWRFC, and recently, I started my own consulting business! After years 20 years of working for some really smart and interesting people and brands, I decided to go out on my own and team up with the very talented Lin Wang to create a business dedicated to helping brands drive deeper engagement and loyalty with their customers.
I also have the honor of holding the job of Head Coach for the UMWRFC. It's been a wonderful experience to support my first rugby team do some amazing work and grow their skills as a team. The best part about the current team is the open and welcome culture they've worked hard to cultivate and preserve.
Are there any lessons, skills, or memories from your time on the team that have been helpful to you since then?
I learned a tremendous lesson from rugby about teamwork, and how to get yourself back up off the ground time and time again. Your team depends on you, so you can't just sit there--get up, get going!
What is your favorite Michigan rugby experience?
My team my Sr. year--going to the MW tournament, and almost ALMOST beating Penn State (lost by 5 on a penalty try).
Do you have any advice for current ruggers?
If you have an opportunity to do so, bring other women along with you--build them up and help them thrive. Be a supportive of your sisters.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you to my kids and my husband, Matt Frech, for taking a lot off my plate so I could spend more time with the team and chase my dreams.
Jamie showing a rookie how to do elevators at the Winter 2019 Rookie Clinic.
Jamie with her family after the Fall 2018 Family Weekend match against Kent State.
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