Austin Elite Rugby signed Alex Faison-Donahoe for a second season with the club. The 25-year-old wing is 6’3″ and 205 lbs.
Alex is from Portland, Oregon and resides in Austin, Texas. He attended Lincoln High School from 2008-2010 and played basketball, football, and lacrosse. He then attended De La Salle North Catholic High School from 2010-2012 and played football and rugby.
Alex achieved national recognition while at Kutztown University from 2012-2017. He worked as a Student Assistant to the Director of Marketing from 2015-2017, played both 15s and 7s rugby, and was a member of the team’s executive board. He graduated in 2017 with a BBA in Marketing, Spanish for Modern Business, and Advertising.
Alex has a rich rugby resume while at Kutztown. He helped lead the team to two Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Finals loses against Cal in 2014 and in 2015. He also played for the team in 2013. In 2014 the team won the American Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship (ACRC). The team was ranked among the top 10 rugby 15s and 7s programs in the country. Read Kutztown University Men’s Rugby: A profile of Excellence.
He also received recognition nationally as an Honorable Mention All-American 15s player in 2015 through 2017 and was a first-team All-American Sevens player in 2015. In 2015 Alex played with the USA Falcons at the Halloween 7s and in 2016 on the South American tour, as well as at the Rugbytown 7s. He was also part of the Eagles 7s Pre-Dubai Training group.
During the Summer, he played club 7s with the Seattle Saracens in 2015, Cip’d, but didn’t play for the Glendale Raptors (listed on his USA Rugby profile), and played with Schuylkill River in 2017 and 2018. He also has played with the Ramblin Jesters.
Prior to joining Austin Elite Rugby in 2018, he had a tryout with the Tosiba Brave Lupus. Alex height and speed is an asset for the team on the wing. With the 2019 MLR season having a 16-match regular season, as well as losing National team player for the Americas Rugby Championship, he will see increased playing time.