Founded in 1984, Kutztown University Men’s Rugby is a force to be reckoned with. Since 1986, under the direction of head coach, Greg “Doc” Jones, KU has never experienced a losing season, with numerous undefeated seasons, more than eight hundred victories, and the 2013-14 season ending with a 54-2 record. KU rugby fields two sides during the fall fifteens season, three sevens sides in the spring, and plays on a dedicated, full size rugby pitch. There are four full time coaches with more than sixty participating members representing 13 states and four nations. The university supports the club in all endeavors of managing the sport on campus.
Throughout the club’s 30 years, there have been outstanding individual achievements: scores of EPRU Select Side and MARFU Select Side player appointments; seventeen USA All-American Collegiate selections; one USA Eagle Sevens Team member, Marco Barnard; and most recently, Michael Lawrenson a 2014 graduate, who has signed a professional contract to play for Counties Manakau Steelers in New Zealand. In addition, KU Senior, Niku Kruger, was a member of the USA Selects team that completed a three-game tour in South America in spring 2015.
2013-14 was a tremendous year for the Golden Bears. Not only did the fall witness an undefeated fifteens season, but Kutztown captured the inaugural American Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship (ACRC) as the capstone. The spring of 2014 was the first where Kutztown focused purely on Sevens. The team stood poised to make a spectacular return to the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championships, its second bid to the series. The Golden Bears did not disappoint. Kutztown reached the CRC Championship game after besting Life University in a come-from-behind 19-17 victory, setting the stage for a Golden Bears vs. Golden Bears finale. Kutztown finished as the runner-up to two-time winner Cal following a narrow 24-21 defeat. The KU Golden Bears are eager to take their place among the nation’s elite in a return to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in 2015.