HIGHLANDER CLUB HISTORY
The Westmoreland Highlanders Rugby Football Club was founded in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1983. After a more than a decade in Westmoreland County, the club was moved to the Greater Pittsburgh area in 1994 and eventually re-branded as the Pittsburgh Highlanders in the late 2010’s. Around that time, a women’s senior club was founded as a separate, but sister club to the Highlanders until both clubs merged in the summer of 2015.
Now, the Pittsburgh Highlanders Rugby Football Club operate a federally registered, non – profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting and fostering the sport of Rugby Union in the United States. The club supports the development of rugby throughout the area by coaching high school and collegiate programs, officiating local matches and supporting area rugby in a number of other ways.
HIGHLANDER TRAINING INFORMATION
For the upcoming Fall 2017 season, the Highlanders will begin training in August. A two day training camp is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th for all current, new and perspective players. Following this weekend, training will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The Highlander’s pitch is located at Phillip Murray Park; 725 Mountain Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
HIGHLANDER LEAGUE COMPETITION
Both the men and women’s clubs participate in senior 15’s competitions within the Midwest Territorial Union. After a few weeks of training and test matches in August, league competition begins in September and runs through November. During the spring months of March – May, if the clubs have not qualified for USA Rugby National Championship playoffs, a social schedule for test matches and tournaments are scheduled. This is in addition to any select side competitions organized by the Midwest CR and the Allegheny Rugby Union.
During the summer months, the club runs social and competitive 7’s sides for both men and women. They welcome their own 15’s members as well as area high school and collegiate players to play Rugby 7’s at a number of difference area tournaments. 7’s training will be outdoors on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Phillip Murray Park; 725 Mountain Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
HIGHLANDER CLUB LEADERSHIP
Club President – Neil Reynolds
Vice President of Men’s Rugby (and Webmaster) – Andrew Chapman
Vice President of Women’s Rugby – Gerri Russell
Club Treasurer – Brooke Gawlas
Match Secretary – Devin Zangaro
Assistant Match Secretary – Stefanie Lyle
Club Operations/ Logistics – Jeffrey Muha
Recruitment Chairperson – Bill Marnell
Men’s 15’s Head Coach – Michael Rennie
Men’s 15’s Assistant Coach (Backline) – Thanner Hestdalen
Men’s 7’s Head Coach – Andrew Chapman
Men’s 15’s Captain – to be determined Fall 2017
Men’s 15’s Assistant Captain – to be determined Fall 2017
Women’s 15’s Head Coach – Jason Edsall
Women’s 7’s Head Coach – Brittany Marnell
Women’s Captain – to be determined Fall 2017
Women’s Assistant Captain – to be determined Fall 2017