"If you're not getting better, you're already worse."
Fred Bresette joined the Kenmore Rugby coaching staff at the start of the 2015 season.
Bressette picked up rugby in the Spring of 1979 at the University at Buffalo where he played prop, hooker and lock for the then 'Mad Turtles' and was a member of the team that won the initial NYS Rugby Conference College Championship in the fall of 1984. A ruptured achilles put Bressette's playing career on hold until 1988 when he was persuaded to join Lockport RFC after some late night "arm twisting" by fellow Kenmore coach Ernie Scales.
In 1992, Fred was approached by members of the University at Buffalo Womens Rugby club who asked if he would be interested in coaching. Bressette accepted the offer and coached the team while also continuing to play for Lockport RFC, leading the team to the first NYS Conference Womens Championship in 1993. A knee injury ended Bressette's playing career in 1993 but he continued to coach the UB women until 2000. During that time the team won over 80% of their games, qualified for the NYSRC playoffs for 6 straight years, and qualified for the Northeast Regional playoffs three times.
In 2001, Bressette began a 5 year stint as Assistant Head Coach of the University at Buffalo Men. Over five seasons, the club won 3 NYS regular season championships, 2 NYS Championships, made 3 Northeast Final Fours and won 5 consecutive NYS Spring Upstate Tournaments. It was also during this time that Bressette received his USA Rugby Level I and Level II certifications.
From 2006 thru 2010, Bressette was a co-head coach for the Orchard Park high school boys, qualifying for the NYS High School playoffs for four straight seasons. In the summer of 2011, Bressette founded the Kenmore Youth Rugby Association, a flag rugby program for boys and girls in grades K-8.
After watching his son at several practices with Kenmore Rugby in the spring of 2015, Coach Bill Conrad approached Bressette saying "You can jump in here as little or as much as you want" and Bressette officially joined the staff.
Bressette has also coached several college and high school all-star teams and is currently the manager and an assistant coach of the RugbyNY Western Boys All-Stars, along with Coach Caruana. He has also served as a director and officer on several rugby boards, most recently as the treasurer of RugbyNY.
Coach Bressette lives in the Town of Tonawanda with his wife Betsy and their three children. He works as a software developer for HealthNowNY.