San Diego, Calif. – Building on the successful Hall of Fame weekend, the United States Rugby Football Foundation announced the addition of two new Trustees and three new Directors to its board. Brad Andrews and Bob Erwin, long-serving Directors of the USRFF, have accepted new roles as Trustees of the Foundation. In addition, the USRFF also welcomes new Directors Spencer Chase, Don James and Denis Shanagher Jr.
Past United States Eagles captain and Number 8 Brad Andrews played in two test matches for the U.S., including the Eagles’ first ever test match victory, against Canada in Baltimore in 1978. He is the Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. He resides just outside of Orlando, FL.
New Trustee Bob Erwin has been involved with many rugby clubs, sub-unions and unions since his involvement in rugby began in 1969 and is a former President of the Midwest Rugby Union. He is the Senior Managing Director of MaxEn Capital, LLC and makes his home in Houston, TX.
Don James won four national championships at Cal and two with the Old Blues. He played in the Varsity Match while attending Oxford in 1989. He earned nine caps at prop for the United States. Don is inducted in the Cal Rugby Hall of Fame and is on the Cal Rugby Advisory Board of Directors. He is the CEO of Bear Data and lives in San Francisco.
Denis Shanagher played four years at Stanford and 10 with the B.A.T.S. He earned 10 caps in the centers for the United States Eagles. He was a member of six U.S. teams at the Hong Kong Sevens, including the first U.S. team that played there in 1981. He’s currently the Chairman of the Stanford Rugby Foundation. He resides in San Francisco and is the Office Managing Partner of the McKenna Long & Aldridge office in San Francisco.
Spencer Chase follows his dad’s (Hal) footsteps as a Director of the USRFF. He’s been around rugby his entire life but began playing while at the University of Iowa. After that he played for the Chicago Griffins, earning CARFU and Midwest representative honors. He supports Glendale Raptors Youth Rugby where his son, Aidan, and daughter, Mia, play. He owns Chase Custom Homes and he and his family live in Denver.
“We are very pleased to have Brad and Bob accept their nominations as Trustees,” said USRFF Chairman Bob Watkins. “They both bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the table and we are excited to have them as Trustees as we move forward. We also welcome Spencer, Don and Denis as Directors. We are always excited to have new Directors join us as they bring with them new ideas and perspectives. While we have been providing support to the game for over 50 years now, we look at the Rugby Foundation’s Hall of Fame weekend as the beginning to another 50 years of assisting the sport at the amateur level.”
The recent U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner not only welcomed 12 new hall-of-famers who made significant contributions to the sport of rugby in the United States but also raised over $100,000 for the USRFF.
In addition to its existing A Ball 4 All program, Development and High Performance grants, and Kevin Higgins College Scholarships, the USRFF will soon be announcing two new exciting scholarship programs that will benefit some of the country’s promising young players.
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