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An Introduction to Lauren Daly, Penn State Rugby’s Director of Operations

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An Introduction to Lauren Daly, Penn State Rugby’s Director of Operations

Penn State Rugby could never be the blue and white community that it is without its teams running smoothly both on and off the field. In fact, it is the family off the field — the kind that roots for the players and manages the communication and inter-workings among coaches — that helps run the show. Lauren Daly, who is now living and breathing Penn State Rugby on the daily, is one such family member. She has been working as the PSU Rugby Director of Operations since August of 2018.

Daly collaborates with both Men’s and Women’s Rugby to ensure that both contend for the national championship all while supporting the student athletes in their pursuit of academic excellence and integrity.

“I am responsible for working closely with both head coaches to ensure Penn State Rugby functions as a highly competitive collegiate rugby program,” she said. “Penn State Rugby has a very special history and community. Working with the program also provides a very special opportunity to collaborate with highly skilled coaches, motivated athletes and a very supportive network of alumni.”

This ultimate destination of opportunity did not just fall into Daly’s plate, however.

She shook hands with Rugby’s community back when she joined the University of Colorado and became a Collegiate Rugby All American in 2009 and 2010.

“I played Premiership Rugby both domestically and abroad,” she said.

Playing abroad took Penn State’s new Director of Operations to places like London and Madrid.

“In 2011, I was selected for the US National Team where I played until 2014. In 2014, I represented the United States at the 2014 Women's World Cup in Paris France,” Daly explained. “In 2015, I established my own rugby brand called Aspire Rugby where I continue to develop resources to support aspiring rugby players in the US.”

Daly’s impressive resume inspires her vision for Penn State Rugby.

“I will be utilizing my rugby background to support the PSU Rugby Program as it continues to create a rugby legacy,” she said, passionately. “I find working directly with the athletes incredibly rewarding and I look forward to additional opportunities to positively impact their time at Penn State.”

Daly started her professional rugby career with a position at USA Rugby, working in the Coach Development Department.

Such work branched her out into coaching positions across the country and she settled as the Forwards Coach at the University of Colorado and then as the Assistant Rugby Coach at the University of California San Diego most recently before her work at Penn State now.

And it is now, here at Penn State, that Daly feels she found her true home.

“Being part of Penn State Rugby is a once in a lifetime opportunity [and] I am extremely grateful for this experience,” she said.

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