Our completed fall rugby season was one of the most successful seasons in school history. We realize this is a big statement, so we have evidence! We examine several key aspects of the season in judging overall success. Not only do we want success on the field, but more importantly, we want success in the academic program, and for our athletes to represent Palmer College professionally and respectfully. By these and other factors, both our men’s and women’s teams have performed very well.
On the field, both teams finished in second place in their respective divisions of the very competitive Midwest Rugby Union. This was the best combined finish for both teams in the same season in school history. Both teams came very close to winning their respective divisions. The men lost three games by a combined total of five points, finishing second to first place Metropolis, a Minneapolis, Minnesota team whose roster is filled with major league rugby players. Our women’s team finished in second place with two very close losses. In fact, our women both won and lost against our arch rival, the Milwaukee Scylla, who took first place in our division.
Academic success is evidenced as well. Twenty-three of our 42 rugby scholarship recipients made Dean’s list for academic achievement in 2018. In fact, six of the scholarship players have a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Six rugby players achieved academic scholarship awards from Palmer College and these were unrelated to any rugby scholarships.
Of course, our coaching leadership has much to do with the culture of achievement and focus. Mr. Giovanni Frapporti has taken over the coaching duties on the men’s side and Mr. Takura Tela on the women’s side. Both coaches are also students and responsible for the high level of preparation and execution. The recent men’s coach, Dr. Michael Lawrenson and women’s coach, Dr. Tabitha Super graduated last term and moved on to their professional careers. We thank them for their years of service!