Old Glory DC signed former United States Naval Academy graduate, Captain Gardy C. Lebon, who is a commissioned infantry officer, for the 2023 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old scrum-half is 5’11” and 205 lbs.
Gardy attended Greenwich High School in Connecticut, where he attended from 2010 through 2014. The rugby team was in High School Rugby Nationals every year while he was there and their highest finish was third place.
He attended the United States Naval Academy from 2014 through his graduation with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering. He was awarded the 2018 Hamming Prize Recipient issued by the Computer Engineering Department for a project that best applied engineering principles and a technological solution for real-world problems. He was a two-time Collegiate All-American and the team’s vice-captain in 2018. In 2016 the team won the ACRC 7s. In 2018 he was nominated for the Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award. He also played for the Collegiate All-Americans against Oxford in 2017.
He played rugby with Oceanside and All-Marine Rugby while he lived in California.
Gardy is a United States Marine and is almost finished with his five-year military commitment, and has re-enlisted for another three years. He is honored to have the opportunity to play professional rugby and that Old Glory is working with him to be able to fulfill his military commitments, train with the team, and participate in any team functions as he can.
Grady indicated that he thinks that his service commitment prior to joining the team was a major factor in the timing and the agreement between himself and Old Glory.
He’s an infantry officer and deployed twice with his unit out in California. His first deployment was to Afghanistan for six months and his second was on a ship out of Japan.
He was stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA from July 2019 – December 2023, deployed with the 2d Battalion 5th Marine Regiment on the SPMAGTF-CR-CC in support of Task Force Southwest in Helmand Province Afghanistan. His most recent deployment was with a small boat company assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2/5 to operate in the INDOPACOM area of responsibility with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. He is currently stationed at Marine Barracks Washington as a platoon commander for a provisional infantry unit responsible for executing various ceremonies in and around Washington D.C.