The American National Rugby League has made another key appointment as it continues to bolster its front office as part of its new strategic plan.
Longtime player and club executive Phil Shipos has been named the AMNRL’s new Operations Manager.
Shipos, a stalwart with the Bucks County Sharks RLC in New Jersey, has also played on USA Tomahawks teams at the international level.
He will have a full slate of responsibilities including coordinating and developing domestic schedules and the 2012 AMNRL calendar for each region (East/Atlantic Conference, West/Southwest, Midwest, Pacific/Hawaii).
Shipos will also assist and support the AMNRL’s newly established Collegiate and Youth Development programs, as well as work closely with the AMNRL Board regarding the location of the 2012 AMNRL Grand Final.
“I've played in every season of the AMNRL since 2001 with a large number of those years helping guide the Sharks in this competition,” Shipos tells WeAreRugby. “I've seen this league grow over these years and had always felt I was a part of that growth.
“I'm honored the league wants me to be a part of the next step.”
Among his duties as Operations Manager, Shipos will coordinate and support the Board in planning a proposed postseason All Star game and Inter Regional Tournament.
He will also work with the league’s Match Officials Manager Rob Irwin on referee appointments.
“Being a homegrown player, I think will help give perspective to what we're trying to accomplish here,” Shipos continues.
“I've had the opportunity to learn the game and see what it could be in America by playing two seasons of country footy in Australia, taking a team on tour to England, and meeting a number of professional outfits along the way.
“I have a passion for the game of rugby league and am happy to help continue its development here in the States any way possible.”
Shipos’ appointment takes effect this month.