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About Cal Poly SLO Rugby

HISTORY

The History of the Cal Poly Rugby team can be traced to one man, Pat McAweeney. While at high school and during his years in junior college, Pat played rugby for the Peninsula Ramblers. Pat transferred to Cal Poly where he was a member of the football team. An injury cut short his football career, but he was still able to play rugby. During his recovery period, he worked to get his football teammates to help him start up a rugby team on campus. The difficulties that came from converting a gridiron group into ruggers resulted in an initial season devoted to scrimmages and position training under the guidance of, and then mentor Rod Sears.

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NOTABLE ALUMNI

U.S.A. Eagles Men’s National Team

  • Kevin Higgins
  • Jason Lauritsen (2004)

  • Tony Petruzzella (2004, 2005)
  • Ronald Rosser (2006)
  • Brian Barnard (2006)


Collegiate All-Americans

  • Nick Massman (1990)

  • Jason Lauritsen (2003, 2004)
  • Brian Barnard (2004)
  • Ed Frantz (2003, 2004)
  • John Kennard (2004)
  • Jon Kollerrer (2004)

  • Tony Petruzzella (2004)
  • Ronald Rosser (2004, 2006)
  • Ed Pitts (2005, 2006)

  • Justin Lucas (2006)
  • Chris Williams (2006)
  • Craig Eaton (2006)

  • Luke Council (2008)
  • Richard Herbert (2009)

Collegiate All-American Honorable Mentions

  • Ed Pitts (2003,2004)
  • Loren Brown (2005)
  • PJ Eichten (2005)

  • Cameron Mauritson (2005)
  • Ronald Rosser (2005)
  • Gabe Escalera (2008)

U.S.A. U19

  • Mike Collins (2000)
  • Rob McVicar (1997)

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach – David Burnett

  • Bachelor of Science: Sport & Exercise Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Australian Rugby Union Level 2 Accredited Coach
  • Experience
    • Player

      • Sydney University Football Club, 2003–09
        • 1st Grade, 2007
      • Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club, Colorado, 2005
      • Woollahra Colleagues Rugby Club, 2010-11
        • Player/Coach, 1st Grade Premiers, 2011
    • Coach

      • Harvard University Football Club, ‘A’ Side Coach, 2005
      • Assistant Coach, Scots College Sydney 1st & 2nd XVs, 2007
      • Head Coach, Sydney U16, 2008 & 2010
        • 3rd Place, National Championship, 2008
        • National Champions, 2010
      • Player/Coach Woollahra Colleagues Rugby Club, 2010-11

Director of Rugby – Charles Zanoli

  • Assistant Coach, Cal Poly RFC, 2007-Present
  • USA Level III Certified Coach
  • USA Certified Referee
  • Experience
    • Player

      • Cal Poly SLO RFC, 1973-78
      • SLO RFC, 1979-80
    • Coach

      • Head Coach, Cal Poly RFC, 1981-86 & 1996-2004
      • Assistant Coach, Cal Poly RFC, 1990-94
      • Various stints as either Head or Assistant Coach at Cuesta College RFC, SLO Youth RFC, So Cal Collegiate Griffins, Pacific Coast Grizzly U19
      • Various Tours Fiji, UK, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Ireland Universities

Assistant Coach – Peter Madonna

  • Bachelor of Science: Agricultural Business, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2005
  • Experience
    • Player

      • Collegiate: Cal Poly SLO, Prop & Lock, 2001-05
      • Club: Arroyo Grande, Prop and Lock, 2006-11
    • Coach

      • Cal Poly SLO, Assistant Coach & Forwards Coach, 2007-12

Sevens Assistant Coach – Andy Doukas

  • Bachelor of Science: Aerospace Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2004
  • Experience
    • Player

      • Arroyo Grande, 7s & 15s, 1997-2010
    • Coach

      • Cal Poly SLO 7s, 2010-Present
      • Central Coast Athletic Club 7s, 2008-Present

Sevens Assistant Coach – Paul Cappellano

  • Bachelors of Science: Economics and Philosophy, Boston College, 1988
  • Experience
    • Player

      • Collegiate: BC Rugby Captain, 1987
      • Clubs
        • Albany Knicks, 1985-92
        • SLO Rugby, 1992-Present
    • Coach

      • Cal Poly 7s, 2010-present
      • SLO Tri-Tip 7s, 1992-Present
      • SLO Youth Rugby, 2006-Present
      • Gonzaga University, 1990

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