Brief Program History

The Air Force Academy men’s rugby team began in 1968. In 1980, Air Force began competing in collegiate rugby under USA Rugby. Since that time, Air Force has made 13 appearances in the national tournament, earning national championships in 1989, 1990, and 2003. Multiple players have gone on to represent the USA on the Men’s National Rugby Team, including Ben Trautwein, Matt Schmitz, Josh Dean, Mike Hobson, Brian Lemay, and Eric Duechle.

Four National Championships: ’78 (pre-USA Rugby national championship tournament), ’89, ’90, ’03
Five-Time National Championship Runners-Up: ’80, ’83, ’87, ’93, ’95
Five Other Appearances at the Final Four: ’86, ’88, ’92, ’94, ’04

Club Officers:
Director of Rugby – Col. Gary Helfeldt
Deputy Director of Rugby – Lt. Col. Joe Dan Cox
Deputy Director of Rugby – Lt. Col.(s) Jeff Ulmer

Denny Merideth (Head Coach)
Jim Donovan
Paul Emerick IV
Karl Kennedy
Jaron Maynard
James Paterson

Matt Fischer
Ben Burmester

2016 Schedule

Sat., Feb. 13th1400A(0-74) Life UniversityCharlotte, NC
Sun., Feb. 14th1400,1530A,B(A: 37-13, B: Cancelled) Clemson UniversityCharlotte, NC
Sat., Feb. 20th1200A(12-65) University of California - Berkeley (CAL)Berkeley, CA
Sat., Feb. 27th1300A,B(8-80) Brigham Young University (BYU)Provo, UT
Thurs., Mar. 3rd - Sat., Mar. 5th7's Tourn.ALas Vegas Invitational (LVI) (CRC Qualifier)Las Vegas, NV
LVI Results - 7) Colgate University, (33 - 14) Citadel, (14 - 21) Delaware, (24 - 43) Notre Dame College (OH), (26 - 19) Lindenwood-Belleville
Sat., Mar. 5th1200B(22-12) University of New MexicoAlbuquerque, NM
Sat., Mar. 12th1300A(51-28) Colorado State UniversityUSAFA, CO
Mon., Mar. 21st1430A(27-24) Royal New Zealand Air Force "Colts" (U23)Rugby Park, Christchurch, NZ
Wed., Mar. 23rd1730A(5-38) Lincoln University (#1)Lincoln University, Christchurch, NZ
Thurs., Mar. 24th1500A(24-44) Christchurch Police Rugby ClubLinwood Rugby Club, Christchurch, NZ
Sat., Apr. 9thTourneyB(2nd Place) Rocky Mountain 7sFort Collins, CO
Sat., Apr. 9th1200A(31-34) University of Utah (VC Round 1)Salt Lake City, UT
Sat., Apr. 23rd1300A(43-17) Cal Poly (D1A Round 1)Moraga, CO
Sun., Apr. 24th1100A(17-77) St. Mary's (D1A Round 2)Moraga, CO
Sat., May 7thTourneyAD1A 7s QualifierUSAFA, CO
Mon., May 30thDinnerEnd-of-Year Team DinnerTBA

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