Overview

Founded in 1975, USA Rugby is the national governing body for the sport of rugby in America, and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).

Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes.

USA Rugby is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, a Congress representing the membership and a professional staff headed by a CEO.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CONGRESS

INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES

  • Blaine Scully
  • Pamela Kosanke
  • Paul Emerick
  • James Gillenwater
  • Kevin Swiryn
  • William Johnson
  • Mel Denham
  • Jen Sinkler
  • Irene Gardner
  • Kimberly Magrini

YOUTH

  • Jenn Heinrich (Oregon)
  • Michelle Leroux (Indiana)
  • Michael Cressler (Utah)
  • Rob Salaber (NorCal)
  • Killian Kerwin (SoCal)
  • Brad Kilpatrick (Alabama)
  • Kate Sjeklocha (Minnesota)
  • Bill Good (Massaschusetts)
  • Paul Petitt (Colorado)
  • Ed Matteo (Connecticut)

COLLEGE

  • Kevin Brown (Pacific Northwest)
  • Marni Vath (Southern California)
  • Shayne Roberson (Texas)
  • Justin Whitton (West)
  • Chris Reed (Northeast)
  • Rosalind Chou (South)
  • Gray Zischke (Midwest)
  • Region Rep – TBD (Mid Atlantic)
  • TBD (College Management Council rep to congress 1)
  • TBD (College Management Council rep to congress 2)

CLUB

  • Rick Humm (Pacific North)
  • Jason Shelton (Pacific North)
  • Steve Vent (Pacific South)
  • Geno Mazza (Pacific South)
  • KJ Abel (Frontier)
  • John Barkmeier (Frontier)
  • Wendy Young (Red River)
  • David Yeoman (Red River)
  • Jeremiah Johnson (Midwest)
  • Adrian Gannon (Midwest)
  • Martin Gardner (Southern)
  • Jerry Gallion (Southern)
  • Michael Crafton (Atlantic North)
  • Neil Foley (Atlantic North)
  • George Durocher (Mid Atlantic)
  • TBD - Jennifer Bustamante is appointed rep until Elections Final (Mid Atlantic)

In 2009, Rugby returned to the Olympic movement. In 2011, USA Rugby became a full sport member of the United States Olympic Committee and is now recognized by the USOC as the governing body for Rugby in the USA. Rugby Sevens will now be played at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining the qualities of body, will and mind in a balanced whole. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced in accordance with Olympism and its values.

The Olympic Movement is overseen by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC is supported by International Federations that govern each sport on a global level, National Olympic Committees that oversee Olympic sport as a whole in each nation, and National Federations that administer each sport at the national level (called National Governing Bodies in the United States). Forty-seven NGBs are members of the USOC.USA Rugby is also a member of the International Rugby Board, one of the 35 International Federations who are members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC.)

THE USA RUGBY DREAM

To inspire the Rugby World, the American Way

OUR SPIRIT

Working To Win

OUR FOCUS

To Improve Everyday

OUR BELIEFS

  • Player Welfare First
  • Rugby Builds Character
  • Living the Olympic Spirit
  • Diversity makes us stronger
  • Being students of the game
  • Americans make amazing rugby players

OUR CHARACTER

  • Challenging
  • Inventive
  • Proud
  • Always On
  • Open

GREATEST IMAGINABLE CHALLENGE

Taking the podium

USA Rugby is now Work For It Rugby