The GCU men’s rugby team enters its fourth season in 2017-2018 as a young and rapidly progressing program. Despite only three years under its belt, the program already made an impact on collegiate rugby in the West. Since the program’s inception, the coaching staff and team committed to playing the best competition it could find and the schedule reflects that in 15s and 7s.
GCU rugby had immediate success in recruiting, enrolling several top high school players and collegiate transfers from across the country. GCU rugby’s roster includes nearly 60 players from 16 states. This includes several USA Rugby High School All-Americans, many Stars and Stripes Camp participants and several players who played internationally as part of the USA U20 program.
GCU has made a large commitment to the men’s rugby program with the hiring of three coaches, including international standout Cam Wyper and former collegiate All-american Ryan Kelly. GCU provides practice and game facilities, a top-notch weight room, strength coaches, training tables, athletic trainer support, equipment, kit, travel resources and more.
GCU rugby competes in 15s and 7s. The team had a successful 2016 7s run, beating traditional powers like San Diego State, UC-Davis and Santa Clara. In 15s, the Lopes reached the 2007 Division I-AA national semifinals after posting regular-season wins against Notre Dame, Santa Clara and Long Beach State.
GCU rugby offers free campus visits to qualified high school junior and senior recruits. These campus visits allow interested athletes to fly to Phoenix and stay overnight in campus residence halls. Recruits have a chance to see the beautiful campus, meet coaches and players and speak with admissions counselors.
|Saturday||10/08/2016||at||West Coast 7s National Qualifier||San Luis Obispo, CA||TBA||3-1 record W|
|Saturday||10/22/2016||at||Treasure Island 7s National Qualifier||San Francisco, CA||TBA||4-2 record W|
|Saturday||11/12/2016||vs||Phoenix Rugby Club||GCU||6 pm||48-11 W|
|Saturday||12/03/2016||at||Arizona State University||ASU||3 pm||38-22 L|
|Sunday||01/15/2017||vs||Santa Clara University||GCU||5 pm||20-20 W|
|Saturday||01/21/2017||vs||Claremont||GCU||3 pm||36-10 W|
|Saturday||01/28/2017||vs||Azusa Pacific University||GCU||TBA||Forfeit W|
|Saturday||02/04/2017||at||Long Beach State||Long Beach, CA||noon||31-28 W|
|Saturday||02/11/2017||at||University of Arizona||UA||2 pm||48-12 L|
|Saturday||02/18/2017||at||University of San Diego||USD||1 pm||28-3 W|
|Saturday||03/04/2017||at||Las Vegas 7s National Qualifier||Las Vegas, NV||Tournament||5-1 record W|
|Saturday||03/11/2017||at||Cal State Fullerton||Fullerton, CA||1 pm||59-10 W|
|Wednesday||03/15/2017||vs||Notre Dame||GCU Stadium||6 pm||46-26 W|
|Saturday||04/08/2017||at||National Quarterfinal vs Western Washington||Harrington Field, WWU||1 pm||17-14 W|
|Sunday||04/09/2017||at||National Semifinal vs UC Davis||WWU||3 pm||26-17 L|
|Friday||05/19/2017||at||Wyoming (College 7s Nationals pool)||Glendale, CO||N/A||27-0 W|
|Friday||05/19/2017||at||Stanford (College 7s Nationals pool)||Glendale, CO||N/A||22-22 T|
|Sunday||05/21/2017||at||Lindenwood (College 7s Nationals pool)||Glendale, CO||N/A||26-5 L|
|Sunday||05/21/2017||at||St. Mary’s (College 7s Nationals)||Glendale, CO||N/A||36-5 L|
|Monday||05/22/2017||at||Florida International (College 7s Nationals)||Glendale, CO||N/A||31-7 W|
|Monday||05/22/2017||at||Bowling Green (College 7s Nationals)||Glendale, CO||N/A||21-19 L|
Cameron Wyper is the director of rugby and became the head coach at GCU last season. Coach Wyper has an impressive coaching career under his belt after leading the Lindenwood 7s team to a 2015 collegiate national championship while head coach there from 2013 to 2016. Coach Wyper played for the Canberra Vikings in 2007, the ACT Brumbies in 2008 and 2009 and the Scotland 7s in 2011 and 2012. Coach Wyper graduated in exercise science from Lindenwood University and is USA Rugby Level 100 coaching certified.
Ryan Kelly served as the GCU men’s rugby head coach when the program began in 2014. He was a U.S. collegiate All-American in 1988 and was part of the U.S. Men’s National Selects. He earned Select side honors in 15s and 7s for Arizona, Inland Pacific and Pacific Coast, as well as honors in the 15s U.S. U-25 national team.
Coach Kelly has an impressive leadership resume, including captain of the University of Arizona rugby team from 1986 to 1988 and co-captain of the Phoenix Rugby Club from 1990 to 1996. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1988 and Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 1991.
Adam Muszynksi is the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the GCU men’s rugby program. Coach Muszynksi played for the Tempe Old Devils from 2009 to 2011 and served as an assistant coach for University of Arizona from 2008 to 2010. He is a Certified Level 1 referee and is USA Rugby Level 200 coaching certified. Coach Muszynksi graduated from University of Arizona with a BS in civil engineering.