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Welcome to GCU Rugby

The GCU Men’s Rugby team enters its fifth season in 2018-19 as a young and rapidly progressing program.  In just four years, the program already made an impact on collegiate rugby in the West, and in its first season in D1A Rugby, reached the 2018 playoffs, earning a national ranking for nearly the entire season.  Since the program’s inception, the team has played top competition in both 15s and 7s.  In addition to their success this past year, the Lopes reached the 2007 Division I-AA national semifinals in 15s after posting regular-season wins against Notre Dame, Santa Clara and Long Beach State.

GCU Men’s Rugby had immediate success in recruiting, enrolling several top high school players and collegiate transfers from across the country.  In 2017-18, GCU Men’s Rugby’s roster includes nearly 60 players from 16 states, including several USA Rugby High School All-Americans, 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 international standout Cam Wyper, who heads into his second year as head coach. GCU provides practice and game facilities, weight training with a certified strength coach, athletic training support, equipment, kit, travel resources and more.

GCU Men’s 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.

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GCU Men’s Rugby Schedules

Showing 2019-2020

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Sunday 01/19/2020 vs California Polytechnic State University, SLO GCU Stadium 7:30 PM 13-10 W
Saturday 02/01/2020 vs University of California, Santa Barbara GCU (Practice Soccer Field) 1:00 PM 62-17 W
Friday 02/07/2020 vs University of Arizona GCU Stadium 6:00 PM 13-25 L
Friday 02/14/2020 at Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA 6:00 PM 30-0 W
Monday 02/17/2020 at St. Mary's College of California Moraga, CA NA 7-69 L
Saturday 03/07/2020 at San Diego State University San Diego, CA NA 45-3 W
Saturday 03/14/2020 vs University of California, Davis GCU (Practice Soccer Field) 11:00 AM CANCELLED

Showing 2019-2020

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Sunday 01/19/2020 vs Cal Poly Practice Soccer Field 5:00 PM 27-40 L
Saturday 02/01/2020 vs University of California, Santa Barbara Practice Soccer Field 3:30 PM TBA
Friday 02/07/2020 vs University of Arizona Practice Soccer Field 3:30 PM TBA
Friday 02/14/2020 vs Santa Clara TBA 9:30 PM TBA

GCU Men's Rugby Roster

GCU Men's Rugby Coaching Staff

Sean O'Leary

Head Coach
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Sean O’Leary enters his first season as the head men’s rugby coach at Grand Canyon University. A native of Dublin, Ireland, O’Leary began his coaching career at the high school level nearly 20 years ago, landing his first college job at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. After four seasons leading the Huskies, O’Leary accepted the head coaching position at the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where he helped rebuild the Fighting Irish Rugby program. During his eight years in South Bend, O’Leary led Notre Dame to berths in United World Sports’ Varsity Cup, and helped the university establish a women’s rugby program in 2009. O’Leary then took his talents to the pro level, becoming the head coach of the Denver Stampede of the PRO Rugby North America League. While the league lasted just one season, O’Leary led the Stampede to the league title. O’Leary has also worked with the USA 17s and U19s from 1999 to 2008, and continues to help develop high school players. O’Leary became the third head coach in GCU Men’s Rugby history in September 2019. O’Leary, his wife, Leslie, and their dog, Spartacus, now reside in the Phoenix area.

Adam Muszynski

Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
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Adam Muszynski is the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Grand Canyon University Men’s Rugby program.  Muszynski pulled dual duty as a player and coach, playing for the Tempe Old Devils from 2009 to 2011 while serving as an assistant coach for the University of Arizona from 2008 to 2010. He is a Certified Level 1 referee, and is USA Rugby Level 200 coaching certified. Muszynski graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.