This site is paid for by the Western Washington University Men’s Rugby Alumni Association (Western Rugby Alumni), to aid in promoting the game of rugby, supporting amateur sport for youth and high school in general, and WWU Men’s Rugby Club in particular.
Western Rugby Alumni provides assistance to the WWU Men’s Rugby Club in the form of volunteer coaches, equipment, help with travel, and other operational costs, in congruence with the policies of WWU and WWU Campus Recreation Department. Western Rugby Alumni is not affiliated with Western Washington University or the university’s Alumni Association in any way. The WWU Men’s Rugby Alumni Association is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 charitable organization.
WWU Student: 2005 - 2010
WWU Rugby: 2005 - 2010
Brian graduated Western in 2010 with a degree in Plastics Engineering. He is an engineer and manager in the rocket industry and currently works at Blue Origin. After graduating, Brian played for Chuckanut, Eastside, Rugby Club Wuerenlos, Valley, and Huntsville Rugby and has played rugby in over 10 countries and dozens of states. Brian has coached rugby at a variety of levels from youth to collegiate and is the founding head coach of the UAH Rugby Club in Huntsville, AL. Brian lives in Renton with his wife Jill, two young sons, and their dog. He enjoys brewing beer, skiing, and hiking.
WWU Student: 1970 - 1974
WWU Rugby: 1970 - 1974
Jeff is an alumni and former player of Western Washington University. He played for the USA Eagles National team, and managed the 1987 USA World Cup team. Jeff was inducted in the US Rugby Foundation Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a founding member of the WWU Rugby Alumni Association.
WWU Student: 1992-1995
WWU Rugby: 1993-1997
Matt Graduated from WWU in 1995 and continued to play rugby at WWW off and on as an Alum wrapping up with a 1997 tour to England. In 2004 he started his own IT company, Litzia, which has been active in contributing back to the rugby community. In 2019, Matt reunited with the WWU tour experience and went as a supporter of the team. Matt has a passion for making sure that our WWU student-athletes receive the support other student-athletes receive in other sports.
WWU Student: 1966 - 1973
WWU Rugby: 1968 - 1973
Gerry graduated from WWU in the spring of 1973 and worked for Secret Harbor Farms (a home for emotionally disturbed youth) on Cypress Island off of Anacortes, WA. He was offered a job at Puget Sound Freight Lines in August of 1973 at their Bellingham Terminal. Gerry advanced while with PSFL to Director of Information Systems and retired in 2009 as Director of Corporate Services. Gerry was a member of the Board the Auburn Junior Football Assn for five years as Athletic Director. Gerry is one of the founders and the first President of Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club in 1973 and the first President of the Western Rugby Alumni Assn in 2012. Gerry also received the 2017 Community Volunteer Recognition Award from the WWU Alumni Association.
WWU Student: 2009-2013
WWU Rugby: 2009-2013
Prestin graduated from WWU in 2013 with a business administration degree in management information systems (MIS) and marketing. He continued his rugby career while working as a web developer in Los Angeles, playing with the LA Rugby Club until early 2015. Since then, Prestin returned to the Seattle-area, has continued working in web development, and has been an active member of the Western Rugby Association.
WWU Student: 1979-1983
WWU Rugby: 1979-1983
Larry Graduated from WWU in 1983 and worked for the City of Mount Vernon as the director of Parks and Recreation until his retirement in 2015. He started a consulting team called The Otos Group, LLC and works with firms on organizational leadership, team building, and grant writing. Larry has been involved in his community and WWU as Past President of the WWU Alumni Association. Currently, he is President of the Mount Vernon School Board 320 and works with the Western Rugby Association to further Player and team support.
WWU Student: 1980 - 1983
WWU Rugby: 1980 - 1983
Mark Graduated from WWU in 1983 then went on to play for Chuckanut Bay Athletic Association. Mark toured to England and Australia. His career was as a Firefighter and Paramedic until his retirement in 2017.
WWU Student: 2018 - Present
WWU Rugby: 2019 - Present
Sean is a current student at Western studying education, food systems and geographic information science (GIS) at Fairhaven College. He began playing rugby when he joined Western's team in the fall of 2019 and has loved being a part of the team since. He joined the leadership team last year and is excited to continue in his role as club president.
If you decide to donate to the WWU Men’s Rugby Club via the WWU Foundation, please follow these instructions carefully. The WWU Foundation makes giving very seamless, however, it is easy to accidentally allocate the funds elsewhere.
Visit foundation.wwu.edu, and click on “Make A Gift”. Before selecting anything, click on “Search for a Support Area”. This will display a list of funds and areas that WWU current accepts funding for. At the top right of this list is a search box - type in “men’s rugby” and Men’s Rugby will appear as an option. Select Men’s Rugby, then select “Save Selection” below. Now, choose your gift type (one-time, installments, monthly), and fill out the information. Be sure that your dollar amount next to “I’d Like To Give” matches the same amount you enter for Men’s Rugby.
If you have any questions or run into any issues, please contact Caitlin Holman - the WWU Foundation’s Director of Annual Giving. You can call her at (360) 650-3274, or email her at Caitlin.Holman@wwu.edu.
Simply make your check out to the "Western Rugby Alumni" and we'll send you a receipt. Then Mail the check to :
Western Rugby Alumni
c/o Gerry Henson
1317 O St NE Auburn, WA 98002