Lopes’ Head Coach heads east after three seasons at GCU
By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
After two highly successful years as the Grand Canyon University Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Cam Wyper is bidding adieu.
Wyper, who led the Lopes to two straight Division I playoff appearances, is departing for a job with a brand new Major League Rugby (MLR) franchise. MLR is adding three east coast teams in Atlanta, New York and Boston as it prepares to enter its third season of play in 2020.
“We will definitely miss Cam’s knowledge of the game, as well as his enthusiasm,” said GCU Director of Club Sports Dan Nichols. “It was infectious. We wish him the best in his next step.”
Wyper will say goodbye to the Arizona desert after three stellar years at GCU. He began his career with the Lopes as an assistant before becoming the head coach to begin the 2018 season. Wyper has guided GCU to a 13-7 overall record in 15s play, including a runner-up finish in the team’s first season as a part of the California Conference this past spring.
The Lopes have finished the last two seasons ranked No. 11 and No. 15, respectively, in the Division IA Rugby Final Poll.
Wyper’s extensive rugby background dates back to his playing days, when he suited up for the Canberra Vikings and ACT Brumbies of the Australian professional rugby union. He also played for the Scotland 7s in 2011 before serving as the head coach at Lindenwood University in Missouri for three seasons. Under Wyper’s leadership, Lindenwood’s 7s team won a national championship in 2015.
A nationwide coaching search is underway to find Wyper’s replacement.
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