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Indiana University of Pennsylvania Men's Rugby

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania Men's Rugby has been making a name for itself as a growing team on the eastern seaboard. Our experienced coaches train our team to reach the top, maintain sportsmanlike conduct on and off the field, and seek to create unbreakable relationships through the sport. Check out our calendar to make sure you don’t miss our upcoming games and events.

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About IUP Rugby

History of IUP Rugby

Back 2 Back National 7s Champions! 

Went to 3 Straight National Championships - Spring 22 7s, Fall 22 15s, Spring 23 7s. 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) rugby was founded in 1974. For years we have had a long tradition of excellence. Currently under the leadership of Dr. Bouma and form IUP graduate Seth Erwin, the team competes in the NCR – Allegheny Rugby Union D2 Division.  

Being the first club sport at IUP to offer scholarships, we have named our scholarship after long time coach Dr. Larry Bouma.  This scholarship is 100% alumni dontations

Dr. Lawrence Bouma is a 1967 graduate of Trafford high school. In the fall of 1967 Dr. Bouma started attending Palmer College of chiropractic.... That fall he was introduced to the game of rugby. Dr. Bouma started on Palmer colleges B-side as a loose forward. He continued to play that position in the spring and part of the fall in 1968, Eventually moving to the wing three quarters position on Palmer College's A side.  Dr. Bouma in the spring of 1969 was offered a full scholarship playing wing three-quarter for Palmer Colleges Rugby team. he continued to excel at that position, (filling in at times at fullback and inside center).  He played on Palmer's first national championship team. Dr. Bouma graduated from Palmer College of chiropractic in the fall of 1971.
In 1988, Dr. Bouma started coaching IUP rugby for the next 17 years taking a so-called rugby team to national prominence from 1988 to 2004. In 2000 IUP Rugby finished #4 in the nation. 

Questions please reach out to Coach Seth Erwin – or 724-422-0814

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"Very few persons, comparatively, know how to Desire with sufficient intensity.... they do not know what it is to feel and manifest that intense, eager, longing, craving, insistent, demanding, Ravenous Desire which is akin to the persistent, insistent, ardent, overwhelming desire of the drowning man for a breath of air; of the shipwrecked or desert lost man for a drink of water; of the famished man for bread and meat"

Adopted by Coach Bouma

Author: Robert Collier

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Coach Seth Erwin

Head Coach



Coach Lawrence Bouma

Assistant Head Coach

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Coach Tyler Horwatt

Assistant Coach - Forwards

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Contact Us

Contact Rugby President: Dominic Holmes

137 University Drive Indiana, PA 15705

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