Coaches and Referees

RazorHawks Rugby is proud of our highly experienced, dedicated and passionate coaching and referee team. With deep experience playing and coaching junior and adult rugby, our team has the skills and expertise to ensure kids learn the fundamentals and enjoyment of rugby in a safe and professional manner.

We are always looking for new coaches and refs, so if you have played senior rugby and want to try your hand at coaching or becoming a ref, please contact us at: We will refund the cost of appropriate training courses and USA Rugby certification.

Bryan Murphy

Bryan is our Club President and has coached for the RazorHawks since 2011. He grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and started playing at the age of 7. Bryan had an early taste of success on the pitch when his high-school team defeated many larger schools' teams to win the Leinster Schools Cup. He went on to represent the University of Limerick and then returned to Dublin to play for Greystones RFC for a few years before moving to the US. Bryan's final playing years were with the Palo Alto XO's. Bryan is happy that his two sons play RazorHawks rugby, where they can develop life skills through the dynamics of the game: strength, toughness, strategy, fitness, and above all team bonding. Bryan would love to see some of our kids learn to play an open expansive game such as we witnessed in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Viliami "Pila" Pongi

Pila has over 25 years of experience playing rugby, from his start with Tupou College in Tonga through 20 years at the Men's Club level in the California Bay Area. Pila has been part of three national champion teams: San Mateo, Razorbacks, and Mission, where Pila earned the MVP title in the national championship match. He also played for the All Star sevens rugby team in 2006 and captained the Razorbacks in 2009—a year in which they were undefeated, as chronicled in the book Crossing Over 101. Pila is very passionate about rugby and hopes to influence the younger generation (including two of his sons who are playing for the team) to find the same passion. One of the great values he has learned being a player on the field is, "Respect everybody, but fear nobody but God."

Rob Peterson

Bio coming soon.

Semisi Siu

Semisi started playing rugby as a 7-year-old back in the days of barefoot rugby in the grassy suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand. Semisi was very skinny, be he was speedy enough to play winger (first in rugby union, then in rugby league) through high school—and then cousin Jonah Lomu changed the whole notion of a winger with speed and size. Semisi came to the US in 1995 and played some pick-up games; these days he limits himself to touch rugby at family gatherings. Semisi's son Santiago learned to love the game from these gatherings, and he has played with Peninsula Youth Rugby since 2012, learning rugby's distinctive ethos of battle, camaraderie, and respect. Semisi is a personal trainer and fitness coach, and his Strength & Conditioning work with our teams has given them a measurable edge. Mate ma'a RazorHawks!