Seattle Seawolves & Eric Duechle
The Seattle Seawolves have re-signed flanker Eric Duechle for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Duechle is 32 years old and from Erlanger, Kentucky. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
Eric attended the U.S. Air Force Academy where he studied Management. While there, he played for the Zoomie Rugby Club.
Eric has achieved many National honors and has represented the United States and representative teams. In 2008 he was selected by American Rugby News as an All-American. In 2011 he won the Armed Forces Championship and was named to the All-Armed Forces team.
In 2012 he was a member of the Air Force Academy Rugby team that won the USA Rugby Division 1 Championship. He also received Honorable Mention USA Collegiate All-American status with Air Force.
In 2012 he was a member of the Belmont Shore Rugby team that won the USA Rugby Club Division 1 National Championship and then won the National Club 7s Championship that same year. In the Fall, Duechle was then selected to the USA Selects squad that played Uruguay, Canada, and Argentina in 15s.
In 2013 he represented the USA Falcons at the NACRA 7s that was played in the Cayman Islands and who then played in the Coral Coast 7s in Fiji. In 2014 he played with the San Diego team at the Elite City 7s.
In 2015 Duechle was part of the Seattle Saracens that won the 2015 National Club 7s Championship. He later played for the Air Force at the Rugbytown 7 in August, which was won be the All-Army team. In September, he was part of the New York City team in the Halloween Invitational 7s. He also represented the Northeast Academy at the Tobago International Sevens Tournament in Dec. 2015.
While with the Seattle Saracens, he also was an athlete with Atavus Rugby.
Eric Duechle & World Class Athlete Program (WCAP)
Eric was a member of the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) between 2013 – 2016. While part of the program, he was under consideration for the Eagles 7s.