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.
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"The thing I love most about my sport, is the sense of confidence and self-esteem it gives to young women. I consider myself extremely lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of their growth." - Kathy Flores
Recently announced for induction into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, Kathy Flores was a rugby player and coach, winning multiple national championships over her 45-year career. She was and is a beloved iconic figure in the women’s rugby community; a woman of many ‘FIRSTS.’ First woman to coach a national rugby team, first woman of color to coach a national team and first captain the USA Women's Rugby Team (1987).
• In Kathy’s early career as a player, she won multiple national championships with Florida State University.
• From 1994-2010 she embarked on arguably one of the most successful coaching stints of all time, leading the All Blues of California to eleven national championships.
• She coached the USA Women’s Rugby Team from 2003-2010.
• Kathy became Head Coach at Brown University in 2014, one of the first Division I NCAA teams.
• In 2021 she was awarded the Kathy Flores Coaching Chair at Brown University, the first and only coaching chair established for women’s rugby.
To learn more about Kathy and the tremendous impact she had on women’s rugby, please visit our tribute site.
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