Kerri Heffernan

Chair, Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association

Kerrissa Heffernan is Chair of the Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association. Prior to that she was the Director of Engaged Sport at Brown University, the Director of Faculty Engagement, The Royce Fellowship, and the Brown International Scholars Program and adjunct faculty in the School of Education. She is the author of The Fundamentals of Course Construction; Editor of The Practice of Change: Concepts and Models in Women’s Studies, and co- editor of Readings and Resources for Faculty.

Kerri was the head coach of the Brown University women’s rugby team from 2001-2013. In that time, Brown won 7 Ivy Championships, played in the National Championships 7 times and the final 4, four times. Her teams produced 19 All Americans 9 national team players and 2 World Cup players. She was a member of the Beantown Rugby Club and the US Women’s National Team.

Kerri received her BA from Florida State University (1980) and her Ed.D from Boston University (1993). She was the Arnow-Weiler professor of liberal arts at Lasell College. The recipient of the 2016 Champions of Change Award from Florida State University. She is a board member of the United States Women’s Rugby Foundation.


headshot of Kerri Heffernan, an adult woman in a green top