Vern grew up as the oldest of 5 children in Laie, Hawaii. As a child he watched his dad play local rugby, but Vern gravitated towards Basketball and Football, which he excelled in during High School. As he got older, Vern learned to play rugby at BYU-Hawaii and then served an LDS mission in Auckland New Zealand, where his love for the game grew even more. Once he returned to Utah he married his High School sweet-heart and they have 4 kids. He is often mistaken for Aquaman, and loves to BBQ.