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Club History

The Ohio State University Rugby Football Club was founded in 1966 by two physicians working at University Hospitals, along with the assistance of exiled foreigners and some local talent. Former faculty advisor, Dr. Glyn Meyrick, was among this dastardly crew. Today, the club is dedicated to a path of dynamic rugby in pursuit of the Midwest title and National Championship!

The OSURFC was a significant force in the formation of many local and state clubs, and of the Ohio Union itself. By 1973 (when the Union was formally founded), there were 18 clubs in Ohio and the OSURFC was fielding five sides.

In 1975, Scioto Valley RFC was formed from most of the senior players on the OSURFC. This movement was to provide students an opportunity to play at the 1st and 2nd side level, while also providing Scioto Valley with experienced players upon graduation. It took a few years, but both clubs are reaping generous rewards from the relationship.

The OSURFC has had many Eagles from its’ ranks. The Buckeyes have been coached by two Eagles (Parthmore, 1980-1982, and Steve Finkel, 1988-1991), and have had many players selected as All-Americans since the USARFU began naming an All-American squad in 1988, along with numerous other Midwest-select and Ohio-select players.

The “clum” is perennially a top challenger for the Midwest title. It claimed the Midwest Championship and 3rd in the National Championship in 1990 and 1991.

Player Honors

USA Rugby started naming Collegiate All-Americans in 1985. Since then, the Buckeyes have represented our country all over the world.

Eagles

  • Eric Parthmore – Prop
  • Rich Edderle – Prop
  • Matt Pickston – Flyhalf
  • Andy McGary – Prop

Collegiate All-Americans

  • Steve Paul (1988)
  • Matt Pickston (1989)
  • Jim Merritt (1990)
  • Ron Bowers (1991)
  • Mike Hudak (1993)
  • Mike Gugliano (1993, 1994)
  • Russ Howland (1993)
  • Andy McGarry (1994)
  • Jason Henry (1995)
  • Tree Trunks (1996)
  • Bret Taylor (1999)
  • Jason Leavens (1998-2001)
  • Scott Perry (2002)
  • Zach Pullium (2002)
  • Ryan Connell (2002, 2003)
  • Marty Snider (2003)
  • Corey Allenbach (2003)
  • Jon Vitale (2003)
  • Kevin Peterson (2004)
  • Jake Legros (2005)

CAPTAINS & PRESIDENTS

Players meet each May and elect two of their teammates to lead the club on and off the field. Officers are elected each May and serve through the next school year.

Year Captain/President

  • 1966 V. Knight
  • 1967 D. Watson
  • 1968 Roger Clay
  • 1969 Ken Burrows
  • 1970 Joe Hally
  • 1971 Dirk Baker
  • 1972 Eric Parthmore/Glynn Meyrick
  • 1973 Ron Kyser
  • 1974 Bob Trice
  • 1975 Eric Parthmore/Rocky Detomo
  • 1976 Dave Heidel/Rocky Detomo
  • 1977 Bob Storey/Rocky Detomo
  • 1978 Paul Neff/Bob Niemann
  • 1979 Brian Dunleavy/Mark Hirth
  • 1980 Thomas Evans
  • 1981 Mark Iannarino/John Dunleavy
  • 1982 Bill Vickeroy/Tom Rooney
  • 1983 Bob Kramer/Mike Julian
  • 1984 Bruce Sommerfelt
  • 1985 John Hayes/Doug Kelly
  • 1986 Joe Zawodny
  • 1987 Steve Paul/Jim Quasey
  • 1988 Dave Millett/Tim O’Leary
  • 1989 Bill Clifford
  • 1990 Cave Canning
  • 1991 Dave Canning/Brad Harsh
  • 1992 Tim Walsh/Mike Hudak
  • 1993 Kyle Basnett/Louis Westinghouse
  • 1994 Troy Thompson/Bill Leininger
  • 1995 Troy Thompson/Tom McGann
  • 1996 Eddie Sedlock/Matt Morrissey
  • 1997 Eddie Sedlock/Matt Bigham
  • 1998 Jeff McClellan/Bret Taylor
  • 1999 Kevin Scipione/Jeff McClellan
  • 2000 Kevin Scipione/Jason Leavens
  • 2001 Marty Snider/Corey Allenbach
  • 2002 Kurt Nienberg/Corey Allenbach
  • 2003 Ben Casey/Kevin Wensink
  • 2004 Conor Malloy/Kevin Wensink
  • 2005 Phil Nightingale/Dean Panik
  • 2006 Doug Olson/Dean Panik
  • 2007 Brandon Jewett/Bill Myers
  • 2008 Brandon Jewett/Mike Hassey
  • 2009 Mickey Franco/Andrew Exline
  • 2010 Chad Cochran/Tejas Sinha
  • 2011 Jeff Walsh/Tejas Sinha
  • 2012 Jeff Walsh/Neil Sequin
  • 2014 Jeff Chatfield/Jake Berlin

Roster

Schedule

Standings

Contact

Name Position Email
Jake Berlin President Berlin.43@osu.edu
Jeff Chatfield Captain Chatfield.24@osu.edu
Ron Bowers Head Coach bowers@osurugby.com
Tom Tooney Director of Rugby and Forwards Coach rooney@osurugby.com
Wes Campbell Backs Coach and Recruitment Coordinator Wes@osurugby.com

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