The Arkansas State Men’s Rugby Club has been a perennial rugby powerhouse for over 15 years. However, much like the A-State football team, the rugby program has experienced five coaching changes since 2010. Even with the turnover, The rugby Red Wolves have experienced tremendous success, winning back-to-back national sevens titles in 2012 and 2013. With all of the change, there is one constant, The Pack.
“No matter which coach comes or what adversity the whole team goes through, we stick together. That’s what packs do” explained senior Dylan Boast from Atlanta, Georgia.
“We’re just a super tight-knit group of guys. That’s really what kept me here. There were other options, but I couldn’t turn my back on the boys” said Neil Maestri, a senior winger from Katy, Texas.
Speaking of tight-knit, the Red Wolves are not just from all over the country, but all over the world. This diversity of cultures also helps the boys become closer by sharing life experiences. Imagine being a parent and sending your child overseas, just to learn that the coach who recruited him is no longer there. You would want you child to still succeed in the classroom and on the pitch and represent themselves in all aspects. That is another similarity between the five coaches; maintaining a good reputation and putting in the hard work it takes to succeed.
Fall 2017 Red Wolves Rugby Schedule:
Oct. 7 — Alumni Weekend (Curt Huckaby Field), 1 p.m.
Oct. 14 — Missouri (Columbia, Mo.), TBA
Oct. 28 — Lindenwood Belleville (Curt HuckabyField), 1 p.m.
Nov. 4 — Arkansas (Little Rock), TBA
Nov. 11 — Davenport (Grand Rapids, Mich.), TBA
Nov. 18 — Texas (Curt Huckaby Field), 1 p.m.
A-State Coaches (since the 2010 season)
- Matt Huckaby
- Alex Houser
- NeMani Delaibatiki
- Shaun Potgieter
- Blake White
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