Tempe Rugby Club, through its nationally acclaimed coaching staff and strategic planning initiative, has created a life-long player pathway.  

Members may follow an age appropriate rugby career through Tempe’s Youth (U8-U14), High School (U16, U19), and adult (Sr. Men’s, Sr. Women’s, Master’s) teams. Many of our members continue on to play representative rugby at the state, regional, national, and international level including, but not limited to the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy (EIRA), the United States Rugby Football Union (USARFU) national team system, the Major League Rugby (MLR) professional system, and world championships (Olympics, World Cup).

Tempe further recognizes the immeasurable and positive impact that higher education and university-level rugby development has  in developing a well-rounded person and athlete.  As such, Tempe is proud to partner with institutions that share many of our core principals, our winning legacy, and most of all our desire to help develop young individuals on- and off-the-pitch.  The Universities and their respective men’s and women’s rugby programs listed below were handpicked to represent Tempe high school graduates.  As a high school age athlete affiliated with the Tempe Rugby Club, we strongly encourage each of you to consider pursuing a college education, playing college rugby, and contacting any of these institutions for additional information (including funding options).

Arizona State University Contacts

Website: https://www.asu.edu/
Admissions: https://students.asu.edu/contact/admissions
Applications: https://students.asu.edu/apply

Jennifer Peyton | Assistant Director, National Recruitment Initiatives
Student Services Building |1151 S. Forest Ave Tempe | 85XXX
Phone: 480-965-5164
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: ASU on Facebook | YouTube: ASU on YouTube

Website:  http://www.asurugby.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asurugbyteam/
Recruiting – Request More Information
Pieter Hugo | Head Coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-630-287-0632

Website: https://asuwomensrugby.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asuwomensrugby/
Recruiting – Request More Information
Mikayla Gilbert | Head Coach
Phone: 520-907-5949


The Arizona State University Men’s rugby team originated in 1975. We are currently playing in the D1A Pac 12 conference. Our mission is to promote the sport of rugby through representing our university at the highest competitive level and achieve excellence through hard work and commitment to our team culture. Arizona State seeks to build upon its past success on the field, while continuing to provide one of the country’s premier college rugby experiences to its student athletes.

The Arizona State University Women’s Rugby Club formed in 1994, playing hard ever since. We are an elite organization established and operated exclusively to create a respectful, competitive environment that allows for a successful collaboration of community, legacy, tradition and professionalism. Each season, we have a number of both National Merit Scholars and ASU Honor College students on the squad. In 2010, one of our athletes was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. No student who has competed in her senior year has failed to graduate.

LIFE University Contacts

Danielle Janssen | Regional Recruiter
1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA | 30060
Office: 602.524.7702 
Facebook: Discover Life University | Twitter: LifeUniversity | YouTube: LifeatLife

Recruiting – Request More Information
Coltan Cariaga | Head Coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-678-331-4340

Blake Bradford | Assistant Coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-517-899-6930

Recruiting – Request More Information
Rosalind Chou | Head Coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-979-324-9371

Kimberly Knipe | Assistant Coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-770-426-2771


Interested in being a student athlete at Life University? Watch our video on what it takes to be a Life University Running Eagle athlete at Life U Athletics. To check out all of Life University’s Athletic programs, visit LIFE U Athletics. We hope to see you at Lupo Field!

Iowa Central Community College Contacts

Website: http://www.ictritons.com/sports/mrugby/recruit_me
Admissions: https://www.iowacentral.edu/admissions/
Applications: https://iowacentral.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Apply/Account/Create

Mr./Mrs. B. Nelson 
Address: 1 Triton Circle Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515-571-1054
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Iowa Central Community College Triton Rugby | Twitter: ICCCRugby

Website: http://www.ictritons.com/sports/mrugby/index
Facebook: Iowa Central Community College Triton Rugby

General and Recruiting Questions

Brent Nelson | Head Coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 515-574-1054

Jake Mizell | Assistant Coach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 515-574-1397

Iowa Central Community College

Dear Prospective Student Athletes, 
Here at Iowa Central we are very interested in recruiting tough young men who are ready to compete from the start! We are a collegiate varsity sport, that is a part of the most successful junior college athletic department in the country; with scholarship money available. Our college offers over 50 degrees and/or diploma programs and could be a very inexpensive start for students who want to eventually attend a 4-year university. We also offer numerous trade degree options for those looking to get into those fields. 

Here at Iowa Central, our rugby program has a dedicated pitch, a top-level strength & conditioning program, a full-time S&C coach, two volunteer coaches, two full-time coaches, and access to a full-time athletic training staff. We were the NSCRO 15s National Champions in the Spring of 2018 and DIAA 15s National Champions in the fall of 2019! It has been a meteoric rise as the program has only been around since 2016. 

Parents, Coaches, and Students alike please reach out by giving one of our coaches a call/text/email anytime; (find contact info below). Iowa Central offers a high-performance rugby program, a good education, and is very cost- effective. We believe in our mission and that is to provide student-athletes with a great experience both on and off the pitch. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Vision Statement
For all we serve, Iowa Central Community College strives to be the premier learning community, and college of choice, preparing the best citizens and workers for our region and beyond.

It is the philosophy of Iowa Central Community College, as a comprehensive community college, to aid in developing our citizens ‘capabilities to the maximum. Iowa Central provides a flexible program to satisfy the needs of the individual and the needs of the community. An educational environment is planned to provide experiences for those who desire pre-professional courses, improvement of educational or technical skills, or developmental programs for self-enrichment. This environment can be on campus or on-site. In concert with this mission, Iowa Central offers.