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Meghan Flanigan

Age: 30

Hails From: Born and raised in Iowa; currently lives in Aplington, Iowa

Job That Pays the Bills: Graphic Designer and Manager of Main Street Print & Design

Rugby Life:

  • University of Northern Iowa Women’s Rugby (Head Coach)

  • U-23 Women’s Iowa Select Side Team (Assistant Coach)

  • University of Northern Iowa (Player)

  • Iowa Select Side (Player)

  • Midwest Thunderbirds (Player)

  • WPL Team, Twin Cities Amazons D2 (Player)

  • Iowa Phoenix (Player)

Leading Like a Boss:

  • Vice President of the Iowa Rugby Union

  • Board Chair Iowa Rugby Hall of Fame

  • Manages U-23 Women’s Midwest Thunderbird Team (helped re-establish the program in 2019)

Why We Love Meghan:

  • Took over in 2016 as head coach of UNI, after Coach Steve Murra passed from CTE. Is committed to raising awareness among players and coaches about the dangers of head injury through the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Team Up, Speak Up Initiative

  • Interested in reviving local, social rugby teams

  • Loves to travel, paint, listen to music and hang out with friends and her dog, Bruiser

Learn More on The Rugby Breakdown (TRB): Phoenix Emboldens Iowa’s Push for More In-State Rugby (2019)

All photos provided by the award recipient

Credit to Annahlee Huspen, Charlie McCardle, and Bob White Photography

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