Category Archive: Awards & Highlights

July Alumnus of the Month: Kurt Klein

When did you play? 2001-2005   What position did you play? All of them at one time or another.   What was your favorite memory as a member of the club? In general, the best memories were the tours. Nothing was better than being crammed into small vans, and cheap hotels with your closest friends. …

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June Alumnus of the Month: Zach Kendall

  When did you play? I was introduced to the club in 2011 during the second semester of my freshman year. The club was in a unique situation during that time, so we didn’t play a single game the entire semester. That didn’t stop guys like Swayze, Bongo, Boothman, Crabtree, and Spoons from packing me …

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May Alumnus of the Month: Kenneth Hawk

This May we honor Kenneth Hawk as the alumnus of the month. Kenneth is a rugger from a different generation than many we’ve seen win this award, but he still has many fond memories of his time here at Michigan. Find out more below!   When did you play? 1982-1986 What position did you play? #8 What …

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April Alumnus of the Month: Andrew Swain

When did you play? I played from 2008-2012 What position did you play? Mostly wing, but also some fullback and scrumhalf when it was needed What was your favorite memory as a member of the club? I loved every tour that I went on, but spending a week in Prague was, let’s say, a very …

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Sparks Named University of Michigan Club Sports Coach of the Year

Ann Arbor, MI- This year saw the University of Michigan Club Sports department award its first ever Coach of the Year. The 2017 recipient of the inaugural honor goes to head rugby coach Brandon Sparks for his work with the men’s rugby team.   Sparks had numerous nominations that spoke about his work with the …

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March Alumnus of the Month: Ben “Poodles” Shapiro

Our March alumnus of the month is Ben “Poodles” Shapiro. Read below to find out more about Poodles!   When did you play? I came out to my first practice the winter of my sophomore year at the insistence of CJ Stock (winter 2012). I played until my graduation in the spring of 2014.   …

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February Alumnus of the Month: Drew “Disco” Vecchio

This month’s almuni of the month is the recent grad Drew “Disco” Vecchio. Drew had a great career as a lock for the UMRFC, and he can still be found at games cheering on his former teammates. Read below for a little more on Drew. Congratulations Disco! When did you play? I played Lock for …

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December Alumnus of the Month: Aaron “Tex” Dodd

Here at UMRFC, much of what we do would be impossible with out the help of our Alumni. This month, we honor Aaron “Tex” Dodd, who has remained active with UMRFC since his departure as a player in 2009. From running touch games in the summer to working with the SAC to organizing Olde Boys …

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Hall of Inspiration Class of 2016

  Ann Arbor, MI- The University of Michigan Rugby Football Club celebrated their 57th year on campus with a massive celebration this past weekend that saw over 200 alumni return to Ann Arbor to celebrate the rich history of Michigan Rugby. Among the many festivities that happened over the 4 days was the second Hall …

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UMRFC’s Caputo Wins Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award

Chester, PA- This past weekend saw sophomore wing David Caputo be presented with the Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award at the 2016 College Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, PA.   The award is given out annually to a college rugby player who exemplifies the shared core values of rugby and Penn Mutual, those values are …

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