Kutztown Receives Elite Club Status

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The Kutztown Golden Bears recently announced they will be granted elite club status by the University, it is a big step on the way to gaining increased organizational support. The Golden Bears will begin to reap the benefits of their new status in January of 2018.

Elite status is a term unique to Kutztown, and was devised by the university administration to create better help financially and operationally clubs that fit within specific criteria. Here are a few of the major requirements that a team must meet: Must exist for at least five years at KU and must show a history of successful leadership and organization. Must compete at the highest level with the potential to gain national recognition for the university. Strongest consideration will be given to those competing at the Division I level. Must demonstrate an ability to recruit both nationally and internationally.

The Men’s team for Kutztown was founded in 1984 with the women’s team founded ten years later. Despite their relatively short existence they have been able to be one of the most dominant programs in the country. Including their 15s and 7s seasons they have combined for over 60 winning seasons. The Golden Bears, who play in Rugby East, won their conference as recently as 2015, and after finishing 4th in 2017 they will be hoping they can use their new support structure to get back on top in 2018. 

“Naming the rugby clubs to Elite Status not only helps both teams, but rewards their many accomplishments and contributions to the university,” said Amy Sandt, KU’s director of Recreational Services.  “The Recreational Services staff looks forward to working with the rugby programs to ensure their ongoing success.”