Club Information

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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