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About Life Rugby

HISTORY

Life University began its rugby program in 1980 when a group of ex-pats at what was then known as Life Chiropractic College started up a rugby club. This original team still exists and has been playing at the highest level of rugby – from Division 1 to Elite Cup, to Rugby Super League. The Life U Men’s Club team is the two-time defending USA Rugby Division 1 national champions.

The Life U undergraduate team began in 2010 and played its first competitive season in the spring of 2011, where they reached the national quarterfinals. In 2012, they reached the semifinals, and in 2013 won the D1A National Championship. In 2014, Life U again reached the D1A National Championship game before losing to St. Mary’s.

With a top-tier coaching staff and dedicated rugby facilities, Life U has established itself as one of the premier programs in D1A. In 2015, Life U will also have a women’s rugby team that will play in USA Rugby Women’s Division 1.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

US Eagles Men’s National Team

  • Gary Lambert
  • Terry Whelan
  • Mike Caulder
  • Tom Vinnick
  • Mike Siano
  • Richard Tardits
  • Chris Campbell
  • Brian Geraghty
  • Jon Holtzman
  • Dan Kennedy
  • Nelson “Chip” Curtis
  • Britt Howard
  • Scott Lawrence
  • Phil Thiel
  • Pat Danahy
  • Paul Emerick
  • Cam Dolan
  • Cornelius Dirksen
  • Collegiate All-Americans
  • Chris Alberts (2005)
  • Seth Strauss (2008)
  • Phil Thiel (2008)
  • Paul Bester (2009)
  • Cam Dolan (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Kyle Grossheider (2009, 2011)
  • Benny Mateialona (2009, 2010)
  • Aaron McMaster (2009)
  • Garrett Lambert (2011)
  • Joe Cowley (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Colton Cariaga (2012, 2013)
  • Glen Maricelli (2013)
  • Paris Hollis (2013, 2014)
  • Jake McFadden (2013)
  • Jake Anderson (2014)
  • Zach Walker (2014)

COACHING STAFF

  • Dan Payne – Director of Rugby, Head Coach Men’s Undergraduate Team
  • Andrew “Tui” Osborne – Head Coach Men’s Club Team, Head Coach Sevens
  • Scott Lawrence – Defensive Coach, Undergraduate Men’s, Undergraduate Women’s, Men’s Club
  • Rosalind Chou – Head Coach, Women’s Undergraduate Team

Roster

Schedule

Standings

Contact

NameTitlePhoneEmail
Tui Osborne Head Coach 678-977-9736 Andrew.Osborne@LIFE.edu
Craig Dekshenieks Sports Information Director O: 770.426.2833
C: 678.787.3357
LifeSID@life.edu

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