UCLA Rugby
History


 

UCLA Rugby 1934 – 2012

 

Since 1934, the name UCLA Rugby has summoned respect and admiration from the United States and across the world. The Bruins have successfully competed against the best Universities, Clubs and International Teams in the rugby world.

 

James Schaeffer introduced the original team which was revived post-WWII through the efforts of Norm Padgett’s hustling and fraternity walks. Padgett’s former Captain, Ged Gardner, assumed the Coaching role from 1958-65 and built membership, interest and skill to which Coach Dennis Storer added his own unique style. These developments confirmed that UCLA possessed winning potential and they subsequently earned 3 National Championships, countless So. Cal Championships and produced 14 US Eagles, with Storer himself becoming the first ever USA Eagle Coach.

 

Unfortunately the enactment of Title IX eventually led to the designation of Men’s Rugby as a Club Sport in 1982. The years following witnessed some difficult results, but the program continued to produce men of character at a constant and consistent level.

 

Sensing growth in the domestic game and more permanent leadership demands, a dedicated Alumni group headed by Coach Storer, launched an effort to return Bruin Rugby to its former prowess. This resulted in the hiring of our current Head Coach Scott Stewart, a Canadian International with 64 caps and 5 World Cup appearances.

 

Since that time, the Bruins have progressed rapidly and have continued to improve their record each year. The 2010 year was quite special as they earned their first appearance in the National Sweet 16 in 28 years.

 

Today the program has once again become relevant on the national scene and will participate in all major domestic competitions; including, the Dennis Storer Classic (Pac-10 teams, College Premier Division and the National Collegiate 7′s.