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History

The Middlebury College Rugby Club was created in 1972 with a constitution for the club first written in 1977.  The club has developed immensely over the years and since the turn of the century the club has experienced incredible success on the field.  This blog is your main destination for info and updates on the club both on and off the field.

List of Titles / Team Accolades

D-IAA East Coast Rugby Conference Champions: 2012
DII Men’s Collegiate NERFU Champions: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
DII Men’s Collegiate NRU Champions: 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010
DII Men’s Collegiate National Sweet 16: 2010
DII Men’s Collegiate National Semi-finalists: 2008
DII Men’s Collegiate National Runner-up: 2011
DII Men’s Collegiate National Champions: 2007, 2009

Please feel free to contact us at
rugby@middlebury.edu

7 Responses to “History”

  1. Tom McGrath says:

    I was a member of the 1972 Middlebury team and have a hazy memory of our win that spring over St. Michael’s ( the party after the game was a classic right out of “Animal House”). I played a season with the Aspen Gentleman in 1969 and so was called upon to help develop and coach the pack. The real driving force behind organizing the 1972 team was Shamus _______. I wish I remebered his last name, he deserve the credit as the Founder. Someone took several team photo’s before the game we were scheduled to play against the Warren Rugby Club but they never showed up. Does anyone have any photos or information from our spring of 1972 team…it was a real rag tag and scrappy group but we did wear a common jersey. The College was not that supportive but we slogged on and we were allowed a field for practice play.
    I went on to play rugby for another twenty years for Gentleman of Aspen, the Denver Highlanders, Palmerston RFC (Dublin, Ireland), the Hilton Head Island RC, and finally for the San Francisco Rugby Club where i finished my career in 1989 as an Old Boy.

  2. David Halsey says:

    Tom,

    Shamus McKeon (sp) was his name …

    I played four year at Midd (’76-’80) was scrum-half and along with Shamus and Mike Lyons we rekindled the club in ’76

    david halsey

  3. Tom McGrath says:

    David:

    Thanks for the update! Does anyone know where Shamus is now?
    I am pleased to see the Middlebury Club get active with Alumni…this is a good thing. I was pleased to have recieved an invitation to attend the Annual Alumni & Supporters Weekend. Can’t make it this year…..
    Tom McGrath
    October 5, 2009

  4. Tom Knauer says:

    I played for Midd from 1996-2000. The club was under double-secret probation in Fall ’96-Spring ’97 due to past transgressions. We couldn’t play other schools, but we did practice. We had some good success in the following years, including several playoff appearances, under coach Ward Patterson. It would be great if the current team has a history major to do a j-term project compiling a more detailed history of the club, including past records, game scores, etc.

  5. Yo, I played a game or two of rugger at Middlebury in the Spring of 1971. My first real experience. I went on to play on championship teams with Melbourne, Australia(1974-75), Mad River 1978, Sacramento 1979, Old Blue 1979- present(played in National Championship Game against Old Blues(Berkley grads)in 1980, and now am Faculty Advisor for Texas Tech Men’s and Womens. Just ran into a bunch of current Midd players at the Las Vegas 7′s 2012. It all started at the pitch behind the old Hockey Rink. Keep the Blue on top, yeah,
    “Spider” Delta Upsilon ’71

  6. Seamus McKeon says:

    Great to hear from some of our original team and hat’s off to the current club. You’ve come a long way from our rather sketchy start. To say the College wasn’t supportive, is an understatement.

  7. The Kraken says:

    Time to add D-1AA ECRC champions 2012!

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