The University of Utah Men’s Rugby Club has been working closely with University administrators to resolve disciplinary issues faced by the team during the last three years of competition. Due to a lack of adherence to University policies and procedures, the team was suspended through the 2013 calendar year.
According to a press release from the club, on January 6th, 2014, the Utah Rugby Club will be reinstated by the University of Utah. A detailed Memorandum of Understanding between the Utah Rugby Club and the University has been signed by all current players and coaching staff. As Utah Rugby completes its term of suspension, there will be no competition play during the fall 2013 season and no use of University field or practice facilities during that time.
Changes in the coaching staff have also occurred. Mark Drown has been selected by the players to serve as the Director of Utah Rugby, effective October 1st, 2013.
“We are excited to have Coach Drown as the Director of Rugby as we rebuild our program. Coach Drown has a proven track record in the rugby community here in Utah and abroad. He has served as a 7s coach at the youth, collegiate, and men’s select level,” said Utah Team President Danny Christensen.
“Coach Drown will bring a wealth of experience and energy to our program when it comes to organization, marketing and vision. These attributes are a key reason the students selected Coach Drown to serve as our Director of Rugby.”
“I am honored to help these young men build their program and will work by, with, and through, the student elected leadership,” said Drown. “These young men have pledged their commitment to ensuring the University of Utah rugby program is a model club sport on this campus and a national contender. My role is to guide them at achieving both.”
Christensen said an interim head coach will be announced soon, and a nationwide search for a head coach will begin immediately following the 2014 spring season.