The Ohio State Rugby team will wrap up their home D1A season this Saturday taking on the 10th-ranked United States Naval Academy, and in what will be Tom Rooney's last home game as Buckeyes Head Coach.
Rooney has led the Ohio State team for over 20 years. Considered a legend in Columbus, Rooney was originally a wrestler at Ohio State. He started playing rugby in 1978 and later joined the Columbus Rugby Club, becoming captain in 1986.
An injury forced him to quit playing and redirect his talents to coaching in 1992, and he has coached Ohio State ever since, claiming five Midwest RFU Championships and six trips to the national Round of 16.
Rooney has coached 21 rugby players to All-American and helped produce four Eagles.
Taking over the program will be Ron Bowers, who is currently an assistant with Ohio State.
Bowers played for the Buckeyes 1987-1991, earning All American honors in 1991, while helping the Buckeyes to back-to-back national semifinal appearances in 1990 and 1991.
Bower then played for the local Scioto Valley Rugby Club and was elected into their hall of fame in 2009. While playing for Scioto Valley, Ron represented the Midwest select side from 1992 to 2004. Bowers then joined the Ohio State coaching staff upon retiring from the playing field and is currently the head coach of the Midwest Collegiate All Star team as well as the OSU 7s team, which played in the USA 7s CRC in 2010 and 2011.
He served as the backs coach for the All American team that toured New Zealand in 2005.