Category Archive: Awards & Highlights

January Alumnus of the Month: Kevin VanderJagt

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When did you play? 2003-2007 What position did you play? Flanker, Hooker What was your favorite memory as a member of the club That is an impossible question to answer. Michigan rugby provided me with more stories than I could ever hope to recount and my teammates continue to be a welcome and regular influence …

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December Alumnus of the Month: Corey “Coney” Kanitz

When did you play? 2002-2005 What position did you play? Wing What was your favorite memory as a member of the club? Waking up to a freshly sodded (squares of real grass and soil) living room at the house on S. Division. The pitch lines and uprights (plastic pipe) where perfectly placed and flanked by …

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November Alumnus of the Month: Michael Eller

When did you play? 2003-2006 What position did you play? 11 What was your favorite memory as a member of the club? My favorite memories were the road trips we took to play other clubs. The camaraderie with other teams was fantastic and it pretty much confirmed that you would have had just as much fun playing rugby …

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September Alumnus of the Month: Neil Matouka

What position did you play? Scrumhalf   What was your favorite memory as a member of this club? One of my favorite memories of the club (and there are so many!) would have to be the entirety of the Southern Prowl (TM). While much of the club flew off to an island paradise for spring …

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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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