1975 Sexist OSU Newsletter
The Old Man, the newsletter of the Ohio State University Men’s Rugby club announced the formation of the Ohio State women’s team. Note the graphic illustration of a female player.
1977 The Pitch
The Tube and the Pitch, two different Ohio State Women’s team newsletters from 1977 show the grassroots organizing, bawdy nature of women’s rugby at the time.
Hails From: Pennsylvania; currently lives in Dallas, Texas
Job That Pays the Bills: Marketing for the Pickle Juice Company
Leading Like a Rugby Boss:
Selected to Stellenbosch, SA Referee Training Program. A big shout out to Southeast Rugby Referee Society (SERRS) for seeing Kat’s potential and financing her trip
Youngest referee on the USA Rugby Referee National Panel
Chairman of the Texas Rugby Referee Association
Board member for both the Texas Rugby Union and Red River Competitions Committee
Refereed WPL Final 2019, MLR Referee Group 2019-2021, Dubai 7's Invitational 2018
Why We Love Kat:
2018-2020 Rookie Rugby Texas coached 3rd-5th grade players in flag rugby
Forms relationships with clubs all over the country and is the first to put her hand up to help set up a pitch, clean up a social, or organize a tournament schedule.
Training for a marathon
Learn More on The Rugby Breakdown (TRB): Kat Roche: Will Relocate to Ref (2019)
All photos provided by the award recipient
Credit to 8th Man Photography, Susie Seitz, and a Cal parent