Lafayette College Men

Rugby is a club sport at Lafayette and has been around since 1970, when coaching legend Emil Signes led the team. Five years ago the program was disjointed without a formal coach, commitment or structure. Current Allentown Blues High School Rugby coach Dan Benedict who started the Blues youth program over 12 years ago, joined the program and instilled a level of discipline unknown to previous teams.

According to Benedict, "We have a young team this season and lost many seniors, however the present team has better promise for future success than any of my past Lafayette teams, mostly because of 2 reasons, discipline and camaraderie". The Lafayette program has turned around and is successful. Lafayette also plans on being a strong contender in the upcoming Spring 7's program. Benedict said, Some of our forwards are fit enough to join our backs and play some 7's, a game usually more dedicated to the faster backs".

Lafayette was in the MARC conference and decided to join the EPRU small college conference the 2013 season. We are happy to be in the new conference and we are very happy with the way it is organized by Jonathan Niles, the men's collegiate coordinator for the EPRU. We only have an average student body of 2300 total, including women, so we are definitely considered a small school.

"Lafayette is behind us 100 percent," Benedict added." Jody Fry and Carolyn Hill from Recreational Services do a fine job assisting our team. The team at Lafayette is run by the players, who make up the board of directors. They take on the duties and it teaches them to run an organization. We have trainers during games and ambulances are required as well. One great recent development is that all the players are in the process of pre concussion testing, Carolyn Hill was insistent that the players were scheduled and they are currently being tested."

Membership Status: Full, Good Standing
Year Founded: 1972
Mailing Address
Recreation Services
134 Kirby Sports Center
Easton, PA 18042
United States

Team Contacts

Administrator Position E-mail Cell Phone
Adam Robinson President robinsat@lafayette.edu 570-380-9766
Matt Ryan Match Secretary ryanmat@lafayette.edu 585-329-8261
Dan Benedict Head Coach bennyinthescrum@aol.com 610-533-3589