Santa Clara

Santa Clara



Full NameHometownHigh SchoolPositionYear
Bradley Araki Saratoga, CA Harker High School Wing / Full-Back So.
Tommy Baldacci Danville, CA De La Salle High School Flanker / Number 8 Sr.
Edward Baugier Greenwich, CT Fairfield Prep Full-Back / Wing So.
Tyler Braslow Morristown, NJ Morristown-Beard School Prop So.
Christopher Browne Pleasantville, NY Fordham Prep Wing Fr.
Jack Buehler Kenilworth, IL Loyola Academy Prop So.
Joseph Caputo Spokane, WA St. George School Prop So.
Gianmarco Carmelino Miami, FL Ransom Everglades High School Flanker / Number 8 Jr.
Luke Cashman Eagan, MN Saint Thomas Academy Flanker Sr.
Ryan Chavkin Denver, CO Denver East High School Wing Fr.
Andrew Clem Los Gatos, CA Bellarmine College Prep Scrum-Half So.
Michael Covell Los Altos, CA Sacred Heart Prep Flanker Fr.
Kevin Coyle Sacramento, CA Jesuit High School Wing Jr.
Michael Cunningham Austin, TX Austin High School Full-Back Sr.
Greg Cusak Santa Barbara, CA Cate School Lock So.
Devin Della Maggiora San Jose, CA St. Francis High School Hooker Fr.
Tyson Dethlefsen Lake Forest, IL Lake Forest High School Hooker Jr.
Kyle Dunne Mountain View, CA St. Francis High School Wing / Full-Back Jr.
Joesph Ertola Redwood City, CA Sacred Heart Prep Prop Fr.
Chris Falvey San Francisco, CA St. Ignatius College Prep Prop Sr.
Matthew Fitzgerald Denver, CO Denver East High School Fly-Half Fr.
Joshua Galant San Francisco, CA Suffield Academy Flanker So.
Shane Hereford San Jose, CA Leigh High School Prop Jr.
JJ Holmgren Darien, CT Darien High School Wing Jr.
Wesley Kendall Campbell, CA St. Francis High School Scrum-Half Jr.
Justin Kennedy Playa del Rey, CA St. Monica Catholic High School Prop So.
Mark Kuppenbender Sacramento, CA Jesuit High School Fly-Half / Scrum-Half Jr.
Matthew Lawson Sonoma, CA Justin-Siena High School Scrum-Half / Fly-Half So.
Connor Leahy San Jose, CA Bellarmine College Prep Flanker Fr.
Nicholas Leasure Austin, TX St. Michael's Academy Lock / Flanker Sr.
Michael Lieberman Las Vegas, NV Xavier College Prep Wing Jr.
Steven Lorenzo Guam Father Duenas Memorial School Wing So.
Travis McAuley Roseville, CA Oakmont High School Flanker / Lock So.
Andrew McCarty San Jose, CA Bellarmine College Prep Lock So.
Mason McCormack San Jose, CA Carlsbad Army and Navy Academy Lock / Flanker Fr.
Joesph McKenna Evergreen, CA Evergreen High School Wing Fr.
Francesco Merola Rancho Palos Verde, CA Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Wing Fr.
Jeffrey Moon San Francisco, CA St. Ignatius College Prep Wing Fr.
Andrew Nam Edmonds, WA Seattle Preparatory School Prop Sr.
John O'Hara San Jose, CA Bellarmine College Prep Wing Fr.
Tim O'Hara San Jose, CA Bellarmine College Prep Number 8 Sr.
Gregory O'Neill Encinitas, CA La Costa Canyon High School Center Jr.
Alex Piñon Los Angeles, CA Polytechnic School Center / Wing Fr.
Adan Rivera San Jose, CA Mount Pleasant High School Prop / Hooker Sr.
Conor Rounds Ross, CA Branson High School Center Fr.
Ramez Sakkab Rocklin, CA Whitney High School Prop / Hooker So.
Adam Secord San Diego, CA St. Augustine High School Center / Wing Jr.
Quintin Smith St. Paul, MN Mounds Park Academy Flanker Fr.
William Smithers Saint Helena, CA Saint Helena High School Flanker Jr.
Spencer Street Sacramento, CA Mira Loma Center / Wing Fr.
James Summer San Luis Obispo, CA San Luis Obispo High Center Sr.
Nicholas Vitler Darien, CT Darien High School Center / Wing Fr.
Sean Werkema Claredon Hills, CA Hinsdale Central High School Full-Back / Center So.
Alexander Weseloh Sunnyvale, CA St. Francis High School Prop So.
Riley White San Francsico, CA Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep Lock / Prop So.
Erik Winden Fresno, CA Clovis High School Lock Fr.


Santa Clara University’s Rugby Football Club has a rich tradition. The club spawned from student’s desires to play rugby after the team was disbanded in 1907. Other schools such as Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, and Saint Mary’s also started rugby clubs in that same year. From the creation of these rugby clubs and the player’s desires to learn the game, west coast rugby dominated the sport in the United States from 1915-1917. Santa Clara’s 1916 team went undefeated, with a record of 10-0. During this span, they outscored their opponents 310-13. The only other team in the country to go undefeated that year was Stanford. In a match known as “The Big Game,” Stanford and Santa Clara met at Ewing Field in San Francisco where the Broncos defeated the Cardinal 28-5. Five members of “The Big Game” roster went on to represent the United States in the 1920 Olympic Games, where the U.S. shutout France 3-0 in a five game tournament for the Gold medal.

Soon thereafter, the rugby club fell to the wayside of other Santa Clara sports. In that time span, soccer became the most prevalent sport on campus. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that rugby came back in full force at Santa Clara. A group of dedicated rugby players started a club team on campus that they named the Santa Clara University Touring Side, or SCUTS. Despite their early struggles, they eventually became a prominent force in bay area college rugby. They were able to beat St. Mary’s and Cal’s rugby teams several times, both which have a long and prestigious rugby tradition. Santa Clara earned a bay area championship in the 1970’s.

The strength of the team ebbed and flowed through the 20th century and is now in ascension. In 2006 the team set out to create a renewed rugby program. With the help of Santa Clara rugby alumni, Chris Kron, whose resume included being a 2 time all American and a USA Eagle, was hired as Head Coach. Under Chris’ tenure with the SCUTS, the team rose to prominence in the competitive Northern California Rugby Football Union and competed in the national division II sweet sixteen tournament in 2010, where they placed 9th in the country. This performance earned them an invitation to compete in division I, which was accepted.

Chris Kron soon adopted the role as Director of Men’s Rugby and the SCUTS then went through various head coaches with little success. Then a big push by both alumni and the Club President at the time, Ryan Falvey, was made for a prestigious and more permanent choice. The 2011-2012 season marked the beginning of Paul Keeler’s legacy and what a start! He, along with his superb coaching staff and the SCUTS council, brought home the Northern California Division IAA championship, in an exciting 23-20 win over Sacramento State on Bellomy Field. The conference championship earned the SCUTS an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the National Championship tournament. The Santa Clara men’s rugby team was ranked as high as 9th in the nation for Division IAA collegiate rugby during the 2011-2012 season, according to Rugby Magazine.

In most recent news, the Santa Clara Men’s Rugby team will be moving up to compete in Division 1A, the premiere league of collegiate rugby. The SCUTS aim to continue their climb to prominence as they will compete against some of the best teams in the country in the upcoming season.