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.
In 2003, Kathy Flores was named head coach of the USA Women’s Rugby Team. She led the program from 2003 to 2010, and was the head coach of the 2006 and 2010 US Women’s World Cup Team. She was the first woman and the first woman of color to be the head coach of any women’s national rugby team.
In 2006 Julie McCoy was named Head Coach of the Women’s National 7’s Team, a post she held from 2006-2009 and again in 2015-16.
Women’s collegiate rugby expanded and 2004 saw the rise of Penn State as the most dominant collegiate women’s team of all time. Between 2000-2020 Penn State women have competed in the National (15’s) Final 18 times and have won 11 National Championships (15’s). They have also won 3 of the 6 National Championships in 7’s