Penn State Rugby Alumni Club
8th September, 2015
State College, PA
The Penn State Rugby Alumni Club has partnered with the University to support the hiring of 2 full-time coaches for the men’s and women’s rugby teams. The recent announcement of Blake Burdette as the Men’s Head Coach and Kate Daley as the Women’s Head Coach is a huge step forward for Penn State Rugby and the culmination of several years of discussions between the alumni and the university.
With the hiring of Blake and Kate, Penn State Rugby has joined the ever-growing ranks of teams who have the benefit of full-time, university-employed coaches. This step is vital to the success of PSU Rugby. To make this a reality, the Alumni Club made a financial commitment to the University to partially fund the head coach positions for three years.
The rugby department has gone through a significant transformation over the last year. With club sports moving to student affairs, rugby is now fully in the Athletic Department. The new positions are also the end of a slow re-organization pushed by the Alumni Club for many years. The University appointed Chris Amoratis as the Director of Rugby earlier this year, and with the hiring of full-time head coaches the rugby department is now in a position to drive the game forward on campus.
“We are very excited about the partnership we have with the University to support the Penn State Rugby programs,” said Greg Gooch, Alumni Club President. “Chris, Kate and Blake will be the leaders of the program, and our goal is to rally Alumni support so they can be successful.”
The Alumni have launched the “Invest in Change” campaign to support the new coach positions, and to help fund the operational costs of the teams and the alumni club. The goal of the campaign is to raise over $150,000 by the 2016 Alumni Reunion Weekend with the request that alumni, parents and supporters make monthly donation. Pledges can be made here.
The Penn State Alumni Club is a 501c3 devoted to the support of the Penn State Men and Women’s rugby programs. You can find out more about the Alumni and Penn State Rugby at www.psurugby.org.