Wheeling Jesuit

Wheeling Jesuit

About

Wheeling Jesuit Rugby strives for excellence both on and off the field. As a newly formed varsity rugby program, WJU Rugby aims to be one of the top Division One Collegiate programs in the country. Our athletes recieve top-level coaching, and players are developed to compete for All-American honors.

WJU Rugby Student Athletes follow a rigorous training and strength & conditioning regimen, balance their team obligations with the demands of college life and in the process learn the meaning of teamwork, discipline, and the sacrifice associated with the pursuit of a common goal.

All athletes at some moment experience defeat and then must move on with their lives; they will also taste success and it is hoped will learn to be gracious. These are important lessons learned from competitive sports that are fully consistent with WJU Rugby's goal of developing the mind, body and spirit.

Eric Jerpe is our Director of Rugby/Head Choach and Eric Taber serves as Assistant Head Coach. Both coaches have significant leadership skills and will be working together to build the best Rugby Program in the country. Coach Jerpe can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Coaching Staff

NameTitleEmailPhone
Eric Jerpe Director of Rugby & Head Coach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 412.606.5942
Tal Bayer Asst. Coach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 703.402.4473
Luke Titus Asst. Coach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 304.238.4554
Melissa Slaughter Trainer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 682.365.8421

History

Rugby returned to WJU in the fall of 2012 after 10 plus years on hiatus from the University. The program was brought back by the President and Vice-President of the University at a varsity level to give student-athletes who play Rugby the opportunity to compete at a high level as well as further their education at one of 27 Jesuit Universities here in the United States. The program not only looks to compete at the highest collegiate level, Div-1A and contended for a National title in the future but also produce individuals who are able to enter the different player pools for the various levels of national teams to hopefully represent the USA on the international stage.

  • Collegiate All-Americans-Peter Malcom (2014-1st Team)
  • Collegiate All-Freshman Team- Max Lum (2013-1st Team)

Prospective Players

WJU is actively recruiting -Student Athletes who desire to play rugby at the highest level in the country, and who have aspirations to compete for All-American honors.

Prospective students who are interested in playing Rugby at WJU are encouraged to complete the form on the following link: http://athletics.wju.edu/sb_output.aspx?form=6&path=rugby

Rugby scholarships, up to $9,000 are available to qualified athletes.

Come help build the best collegiate rugby program in the country at WJU. Cardinal Varsity Rugby will compete in both fall and spring seasons leading up to the USA Rugby College Playoffs and Championships in 2013.

Players interested in participating should contact Head Coach/Director Eric Jerpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 412-606-5942. Players can also contact Coach Eric Taber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 646-287-7492.