Coach Chae has spent more than half his life in the Northern Virginia area. A graduate of West Springfield high school. Min Sae went on to study History at George Mason University. Like many other athletes, Min Sae had dreams of playing college football. A torn ACL may have closed one door but opened a new door into the world of Rugby.
Min Sae played with several top teams including West End high school club rugby, George Mason University rugby, NOVA Men’s rugby, Western Suburbs and the Virginia Cardinals Old boys rugby. He was fortunate enough to also play select side rugby with the MARFU/PRU select side and on some National Playoff teams with both West End and NOVA Men’s club.
Coaching or teaching was always something that came naturally to Min Sae. He first spent 2 seasons coaching high school football after graduation from West Springfield. He learned early on that teaching or coaching was something that he had a passion for. Towards the 2nd half of his playing career, Min Sae began to spend time with his old high school team West End. As an assistant coach in 2008 to this past spring, West End has competed in 6 of the last 9 high school state championships winning 3 of them. This past spring West End was invited to compete at the National Playoffs and was able to win the Tier II National Championship beating the #3, #2 and #1 seeded teams in the process. Coach Chae has also been involved with the Virginia boy’s high school All Star program for 4 years. He became the Varsity head coach 2 years ago and in his first season was able to win the National Regional Tournament in Pittsburgh, PA. That VA team went on to end up as the #4 ranked team in the nation.
Last year was Coach Chae’s first season as the Head coach at UMW. This was after he spent 1 year as an assistant coach. Coach Chae brings years of experience and passion to UMW. He is always striving to continue his own development as a coach knowing that there is always more to learn. He has spent time with several professional coaches such as Brad Mooar, Jason Ryan and Jono Phillips. He is also currently a level 300 certified coach by USA rugby.
Coach Chae is focused on winning a National Championship at UMW. He believes strongly in fostering a positive team culture and providing a fun, positive environment for his players, coaches and parents. Min Sae is happily married to his better half Julie and they have 2 beautiful daughters Sophia and Lyla.