Coaching Staff

Head Coach Jeff Soeken

Coach Soeken began playing rugby at Maryland in 1987 (Class of '92) where he played Lock and was a 3-time All-American.  He played men's club rugby locally at Maryland Old Boys (MOB) which later became the Maryland Exiles.

Coach Soeken has been actively coaching at The University of Maryland since 1999 and has been involved with the club for the last 24 years.  He has also coached the Potomac Collegiate Select-Side.  He has a USA Rugby Coach Development Program (CPD) certification and USA Rugby  Referee Certification (Level 1).

Coach Soeken has worked for The Washington Post for the last 15 years.  He lives in Howard County with his wife Stefanie and three children: Emily, Katie and Henry.


Assistant Coach Steve Laake

Coach Laake is an alumnus of Loyola University Maryland where he twice earned All-American honors at fullback and captained the team to a Rugby East Final Four finish his senior year.  He moved to flyhalf after college and played for Baltimore-Chesapeake and the Maryland Exiles and was a member of the Exiles nationally-ranked 7s team in the mid-2000s.

Coach Laake captained the Potomac All-Stars at the Collegiate and Senior level and was the first captain of the MARFU All-Stars squad upon the conference’s formation in the mid-nineties.  Coach Laake played seasons with Waringah Rugby (Australia) in 1992 and Coventry Rugby (England) in 1997.  He also played with Team America from 2002 to 2004 and represented the US at the World Rugby Classic three years in a row.

Coach Laake joined the Terrapins program in the fall of 2010 and is in charge of the backs.  He lives in Rockville with his wife Marisa and daughter Skylar.

Assistant Coach Peter Baggetta

Coach Baggetta has worked with teams at all levels both in the United States and around the world including International 15's and 7's teams.  He is the former National Team Coach and Rugby Development Officer for Guam and was instrumental in creating the national team program and establishing rugby as a varsity interscholastic sport for Guam middle and high schools.

He also worked as a Coach Trainer/Educator and Development Officer for the International Rugby Board (IRB) from 2004 to 2006 where he assisted developing rugby unions with program development and served as technical coach for national and age-grade teams.    Peter was the Assistant Director of Rugby at Penn State University and worked with both the men and women’s programs.  He was the defense coach forPenn State women in their 2009 and 2010 National Championship seasons.

Currently Peter is the Head Coach for Gonzaga College High School of Washington DC; the Director of Coaching for the Rugby Academy, a high school rugby academy program in the Washington DC area, as well as being a Coach Educator for the USA Rugby Coach Development Program.   Peter is currently a full-time PhD student at the University of Maryland studying sports expertise development and learning.


Assistant Coach (7s) Chris Harvey

Coach Harvey graduated from University of Maryland in 1994.    He played four years at the University of Maryland before joining the Maryland Exiles Rugby Club where he played in the backs for 8 years.

He has coached the Maryland Exiles 7s Program from 2002 to present.    Under Coach Harvey, the Maryland Exiles went to the US National 7s Championships 8 consecutive years with 4 top four finishes, including one National runner-up finish.  Chris has been the MARFU Men's All Star Coach since 2008 and his team won the US National All Star 7s Championships in 2008 under his direction. He has proudly coached and helped develop seven US Eagle 7s players.

Coach Harvey will be helping the Terrapins Rugby Program in its efforts in 7s rugby, including its participation in the Atlantic Coast Invitational Tournament. Chris works in software sales and lives in Potomac, MD with his wife Kim and two boys, Riley and Braeden.