August 14, 2017
Ken Pape Named Colby-Sawyer Women’s Rugby Head Coach
Colby-Sawyer Athletics Release
NEW LONDON, N.H. – July 7, 2017 – Colby-Sawyer Co-Athletic Director Bill Foti has announced the hiring of Ken Pape as the head coach of the women’s rugby program.
Pape will take over a very successful women’s rugby club program as it transitions to varsity status for the 2018 fall season. The team, which boasts a 75-48 program record, is currently affiliated with the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) and has won five conference titles. Colby-Sawyer also has five divisional second place finishes and five non-conference spring 7s championships.
“I am extremely excited to join Colby-Sawyer College as the first varsity head coach,” said Pape. “Colby-Sawyer has a tradition of excellence that I hope to continue and build upon as we move into varsity status. I would like to thank the search committee, who were very helpful throughout the process, providing valuable information about the college and surrounding area. I would also like to personally thank Bill Foti, Pete Steinberg, Pat Moroney, Rebecca Mussemeci and Chris Reed as they were all invaluable during the process. My family and I are happy to become part of the Colby-Sawyer family.”
“We’re very excited that Ken Pape will be the head coach of the women’s rugby program as we transition to varsity status for the 2018-19 season,” said Bill Foti. “His talent for teaching, a proven track record and enthusiasm for rugby will be of great benefit to our student-athletes. His extensive contacts in the rugby community will be instrumental to our recruiting efforts.”
Pape joins the Chargers from Rutgers University where he spent the past four years at the head coach. He also was a USA Rugby Girls High School All-Americans assistant coach/analyst and head coach of the Empire GU All-Stars. Previously, Pape served four years (2010-14) as the Set Piece and Attack coach at the Monmouth Rugby Club and held a two-year head coaching stint at Seton Hall University from 2005 to 2007.
Pape is a World Rugby Level 300 Coach, World Rugby Strength and Conditioning Level 100 Coach, and a World Rugby Level 1 Referee. He held positions as the BIG10 Rugby Conference commissioner, president of Empire GU, disciplinary chair of Empire GU, and USA Rugby Congress representative.
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