Jersey Shore Men

The seeds of what would become the Jersey Shore Rugby Football Club were first sown during the summer of 1986. Three members of the South Jersey RFC, Roger Howell, Bill Regotti and your ever-faithful narrator, became tired of the long trips to Cherry Hill and beyond for practices and matches and were considering rugby retirement. After the spring season, and before retirement, the 3 amigos and assorted other rugby enthusiasts began practicing and playing touch rugby at the school field on the corner of 18th and Bay Avenue in Ocean City. The practices were to maintain some semblance of fitness for what would ostensibly be a last fling playing old boys rugby at the Can Am Tournament in Saranac Lake, NY.

The high public visibility of the practice field led to more than one wayward rugger to stop for a run and pint afterward. What became apparent was that there was a relatively decent sized rugby playing population, and others wanting to learn to play who were living in the area. An epiphany smacked us in the head. Why not start a club at the shore? Through the weekly practices, which continued all summer, and word of mouth, the beginnings of Jersey Shore started to take shape. Enough so, that those who practiced through the summer and embarked on the fall season playing together as South Jersey’s C and sometimes B-side. Initial members included the 3 amigos, Mike Paul, Tom Nilon, Jeff Cohen, Jim Pappas and others. The season was so successful that a full time Jersey Shore club playing home matches at the shore became inevitable and the decision was made. “Let’s do it.”

EPRU Division:
Membership Status: Full, Good Standing
Year Founded: 2006
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 31
Ocean City, NJ 08226
United States

Team Contacts

Administrator Position E-mail Cell Phone
Rich Moder President coachmoder@gmail.com 609-703-9147
Rich Moder Match Secretary coachmoder@gmail.com 609-703-9147
Dr. John Zimmerman Head Coach drzimmerman@verizon.net 609-412-6283