Seattle Seawolves & Dion Crowder
The Seattle Seawolves announced the signing of Seattle Saracens and former Purdue Boilermaker, Dion Crowder.
Crowder grew up in Chicago Heights, Illinois and graduated Thornton Factional South High School in 2011. He was a wrestler throughout his high school athletic career and competed at Purdue for 2 years. His Junior year, he began to play rugby and has had him hooked ever since.
Crowder attended Purdue University from 2011 to 2016, when he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology, Leadership, and innovation. Following his graduation, he moved to Seattle and honed his skills through the Atavus Academy and played with the Seattle Saracens.
In 2017, he competed with the Washington Athletic Club at the Club 7s National Championship and in August played with the Savu Water Barbarians (Team Fiji) at the 2017 Rugbytown 7s tournament in Glendale, Colorado, scoring two tries in the tournament final against the Ramblin jesters.
Head Coach Tony Healy said, “Dion’s speed and power will be additional assets in the Seawolves already highly-competitive back line.. We are looking forward to seeing Dion light up the big stage with the Seawolves.”
Crowder is grateful to continue his journey in rugby, saying, “I’m excited to join on and learn from the best in the nation, and would like to give big thanks to the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to grow the sport I love.”
Seattle Seawolves Rugby
- Curry Hitchborn – Rugby Development Director
- Brian Jones – Chief Commercial Officer
- John Clavin – Advisory Board
- Tony Healy – Head Coach
- Phil Mack – Player/Coach
- Matthew Turner – Operations Director & Player
- Ray Barkwill – Hooker
- Olive Kilifi – Prop
- Eric Duechle – Backrow
- Shalom Suniula – Flyhalf
- George Barton – Center
- Aladdin Schirmer – Backrow
- Brock Staller – Outside Center
- Jeremy Lenaerts – Lock
- Riekert Hattingh – Eight-man
- Garrett Bender – Backrow
- John Hayden – Prop
- Mike Palefau – Fullback
- Dion Crowder – Wing