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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 Portal:Hall of Fame for those select few who have made significant rugby contributions. Click to see the history of our patches, to include the history of the alumni patches.

Click if you are interested in gifting to the teams - gifting information

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

Click here to see -> Alumni Newsletters

Alumni Matches and Match Awards

Date Alumni - AFA Tex Byrd Award (Forward) Al Osur Award (Back) Ken Bradley Most Potential Details and Links
April 1972 7-24 - - - 1972 alumni match photo
28 April 1973 6-? - - -
20 April 1974 0-16 - - - Attendees were Laws, Edris, Dyer, Gorsythe, BUshing, Scheussler, Garyson
19 Oct 1974 4-29 - - - Hayes, Diffly, Dooley and Woessner attended
18 Oct 1975 - - - -
1976 - - - -
15 Oct 1977 6-22 - - - 1977 Alumni Photo Ahead 6-4 with 10 minutes remaining
14 Oct 1978 19-25 - attendees were Priddy, Bennett, Edris, Segulia (ref), Meeker, Chamberlain, Laumann, Meinholt, York, Edris, Keith, Arnold, Baier, Hagedorn, Grayson, Joyal, Schow, Frey, Chirko, Benbow (in a cast); Led 15-0 at halftime
29 Sep 1979 18-35 vs A; 14-0 vs B Fred Origel Tom Jones Mark Ploederer Click here for -> Alumni side

B Side participants: Budda, Francis, Baralone, Dordall, Brady, Doherty, Osur, Crittenden, Busching, Abbott, Beezley, Laws, Coppinger, Brady

20 Sep 1980 6-9 Mark Roling Bruce Stark Luis Arauz Attendees: Laws Erving, York, Kenney, Bloor, Wales, Catlin, Silvestri, Hensley, Brady.

Scoring: Laws T, Erving C

3 Oct 1981 24-0 Bob Jolly Mike Hobb George Hogan Against the B side; 1981 Alumni Photo

Tries by Hagadorn (2), Baier (2), Laws with 2 C by Hefferly

2 Oct 1982 10-24 Luis Aretz John Savage Mark Knofczyski 1982 Alumni Photo Tries by Williams, Hagedorn and conversion by Winniger

Pregame flyover of F-15s led by Chamberlain; ahead 10-0 at half

24 Sep 1983 13-22 Mark Knofczyski or Jay Neuharth John Savage Dick Fish Ottofy PK, 2C (one that bounced on the crossbar), Edris and Stark T. Ahead until the 3rd minute.. 1983 Alumni side
29 Sep 1984 6-15 Eric Johnson Mike Murray PJ Pettijohn Try by Hagedorn, Converted by Arnold 1984 Alumni side
15 Sep 1985 24-6 Mark Schieve Bruce Ellis Scott Savoie Attendees: Ballinger Augst, Knofzynski, Aretz, Rosanbalm, Gerdemann, Nagie, Ploederer, Knellinger, Osur, Branby, Jones, Frappier, Brown, Johnson, Richards, Jeter, Hagedorn, Harrison with observers of Williams, Lowe and Dodson. Referee Vern Francis Try by Ploederer, converted by Jones 1985 Alumni Photos
27 Sep 1986 28-22 - - -
2000 lost - - -
12 Oct 2001 42-7 - - -
8 Sep 2002 30-15 - - - Sean Edris '71 and Mark Neice '78 refereed 2002 Alumni match roster

Things you can do

  • If you'd like to contribute to the USAFA Rugby Alumni wiki, please click here to request an account.
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  • Give a special thanks to Jim Woessner (72) who suggested at an alumni match that we ought to keep a history of each team by class, which started me hording all sorts of details and are now being loaded on to this site.

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