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The Main Portal

Welcome to the USAFA Rugby Alumni wiki, the place where you can find out about the history of rugby at the USAF Academy as told by the players, coaches, and fans who made the USAFA Rugby program what it is today. This wiki was designed for you to contribute and help us collect memories of all those great times we all had while being part of USAFA Rugby. This is a site dedicated to preserving the history of the Acadmey Rugby teams.

Our history starts from 1961, as the Academy had occasion to pull from intramural rugby players to compete against visiting overseas teams. Officially founded as an intercollegiate team in 1968 by Captain Alan Osur and C2C Angus MacDonald, our first matches were on 29 September 1968 where the A team beat the Denver Highlanders, 29-0, and the B side played the Denver University A team to a 16-16 tie. Fit and fast described play in those early years, prompting the Eastern Rockies Rugby Union President, Terry Fleener [1], to nickname us "Zoomies"... the nickname stuck and continues on to this day.

Coach Osur rotated away from the Academy, but upon his return he completed the full presence of rugby at the Academy by forming and coaching the AFA women's team. The teams operated as one club until 1980 when they split into Men's and Women's. Alan's pupils have gone on to play (some at the highest levels), start many a rugby club, and coach thousands of other players at all age groups. Alan's contribution to our sport and our Academy is another story, but this website is seeded in his initiatives.... His contributions were memorialized in a video put together by a few of his women players and is worthy for all to watch to gain insight on the man who was the founder of our sport at the Academy: http://youtu.be/Bwvz7Vz0QSo

The AOG Rugby Alumni Affinity Group Board has set up an Honor Roll to honor those players and coaches who have distinguished themselves in our sport, as well as a Distinguished Rugby Graduate Honor Roll for those rugby graduates who have gone on from the confines of the Academy and the pitch to be successful in their own right. This legacy needs to be preserved as a reminder of our heritage, and of our responsibilities to maintain the long blue line. In addition there is a select Hall of Fame for those select few who have made significant rugby contributions.

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Follow the current team here: [2] Facebook page [3] Instagram site @zoomierugby Twitter site @ZoomieRugby UTube channel [4]

Women's alumni Facebook page here: [5]

Featured Links

Coaches - AFA Head Coaches
Seasons - Men's Seasons - Women's Seasons
Post Season Accomplishments - Men's Team Awards - Women's Team Awards End of Season Individual Awards - Men's Awards - Women's Awards
Team Jerseys - Men's Team Jerseys - Women's Team Jerseys
Service Academy Scores - Service Academy Scores
AFA Rugby Families - AFA Rugby Families

Selected Match Results

Alumni Matches and Match Awards
Date AFA-Alumni Tex Byrd Award (Forward) Al Osur Award (Back) Most Potential
April 1972 24-7 - - -
April 1973  ?-6 - - -
April 1974 16-0 - - -
Fall 1974 29-4 - - -
1975 - - - -
1976 - - - -
1977 22-6 - - -
1978 25-19 - <score> <score>
1979 35-18 Fred Origel Tom Jones Mark Ploederer
1979 Fall 0-14 against B side - <score> <score>
1980 9-6 Mark Roling Bruce Stark Luis Aretz
1981 0-24 Bob Jolly Mike Hobb George Hogan
1982 24-10 Luis Aretz John Savage Mark Knofczyski
1983 22-13 Jay Newhearth John Savage Dick Fish
1984 15-6 Eric Johnson Mike Murray PJ Pettijohn
1985 - - - -
1999 22-28 - - -
2000 lost - - -
2001 42 - 7 - - -
And so on


1973 Colorado Spring Cup

1972 Aspen Ruggerfest

1971 Colorado Spring Cup

1970 Colorado Fall Cup

1970 Colorado Spring Cup

1969 Colorado Spring Cup

Things you can do

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