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Welcome to GCU Rugby

The GCU Men’s Rugby team enters its eighth season in 2021-22 as a young and rapidly progressing program.  In just seven years, the program already made an impact on collegiate rugby in the west, and in two of its four seasons in D1A Rugby, it has reached the playoffs, earning a national ranking for nearly the entire season in both of those years.  Since the program’s inception, the team has played top competition in both 15s and 7s.  In addition to their recent success, 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 2018-19, GCU Men’s Rugby’s roster included over 50 players from nearly 15 regions around the world, 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 Sean O’Leary, who heads into his third 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.

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GCU Men’s Rugby Schedules

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Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 10/01/2021 vs University of Colorado Soccer Practice Field - Grand Canyon University 7:30 PM 20-26 L
Saturday 10/30/2021 University of Arizona - Cactus Cup GCU Practice Soccer Field 6:00 PM 50-3 W

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GCU Men's Rugby Roster

GCU Men's Rugby Coaching Staff

Sean O'Leary

Head Coach and Director of Rugby
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Sean O’Leary enters his third 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 & 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 GCU Men’s Rugby program and has been with the program throughout its existence.  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.