MTU Rugby lost a one of its own on December 4 2014. We are saddened to announce the untimely passing of Nate ‘Barry’ Hayden. Condolences to his family from everyone involved in the team. -Rhys
The men’s rugby team were fortunate to receive funding from Michigan Tech’s Parent’s Fund which went towards the purchase of a full set of 7’s shirts and 15’s Jerseys. The team would like to thank the fund for the generous donation.
I spent the day with 30, ‘Cheese Heads’ in Green Bay this past weekend as 30 coaches from Wisconsin and the UP (me) earned their Level 200 Coaching Certifications after an all day clinic put on by four coaching instructors from USA Rugby. The all day event focused on different aspects of the game. The tackle and Scrum were two key components of the all day event and especially the law and safety surround them. I am glad to say I passed and looking forward to networking and working with my fellow coaches in WI to make the WI league the best in the country, with the highest level of rugby!
Well after lots of secret talks, meetings and begging MTU rugby club took delivery last week of our very own Premier Rhino Rugby Sled!! I can not underestimate how big of an achievement this is for such a young club such as ours. This is something that will last the club many, many years to come and will make our ‘pack’ even better than it has in the past. If only they made a machine that we could use to practice with our backs ;)
The rugby club would like to thank the University Parent’s fund as well as the University Undergraduate Government for the funds to purchase this piece of equipment. We look forward to the spring when all the snow has disappeared to try it out for the first time, which should be around June ;)
I would also like to thank the outgoing rugby Eboard and those before them in making this happen, especially the work of outgoing treasurer Andy VerSteeg for all his hard work in securing funding and purchase.- Rhys
To see the sled in action click the photo below.
Continuing the tradition of our Winter Carnival snow rugby event…we played some snow rugby :) Pictures of the events can be accessed below.
Spring Practice is currently taking place in the SDC. We practice Monday and Tuesday evenings at 10pm-12pm.
Elections were recently held for the upcoming 2013 exec committee. The result are as follows:
President: Daniel Trupp
Vice President: J.p. Runions
Secretary: Bob LeBrell
PR Rep: Alex Wetzel
Match Secretary: Jonathon Lorenz
We thank the outgoing executive committee for their time and leadership…
MTU Rugby celebrated the end of the season by having a rugby banquet at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock: Big winners for the night included:
Forward of the Year: JP
Back of the Year: Keenan Murray
Most Improved Player (s) of the Season: Jake and Landon
Rookie of the Year Ennio Crane
Defensive Player of the Year: Bob Lebrell
Offensive Player of the Year: JP
MVP Of the Season: Dan Trupp and Steve RC Wookie
Coaches Player (s) of the Year: Andy VerSteeg and Benz