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Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) rugby was founded in 1974. For years we have had a long tradition of excellence. Currently under the leadership of Dr. Bouma and form IUP graduate Seth Erwin, the team competes in the NCR – Allegheny Rugby Union D2 Division.  

  • Back 2 Back National 7s Champions
  • Went to 3 Straight National Championships - Spring 22 7s, Fall 22 15s, Spring 23 7s

Being the first club sport at IUP to offer scholarships, we have named our scholarship after long-time coach Dr. Larry Bouma.  This scholarship is 100% alumni donations.

Dr. Lawrence Bouma is a 1967 graduate of Trafford High School. In the fall of 1967, Dr. Bouma started attending Palmer College of Chiropractic. That fall he was introduced to the game of rugby. Dr. Bouma started on Palmer College's B-side as a loose forward. He continued to play that position in the spring and part of the fall in 1968, Eventually moving to the wing three-quarters position on Palmer College's A-side. In the spring of 1969, Dr. Bouma was offered a full scholarship playing wing three-quarter for the Palmer Colleges Rugby team. He continued to excel at that position, (filling in at times at fullback and inside center).  He played on Palmer's first national championship team. Dr. Bouma graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in the fall of 1971.
In 1988, Dr. Bouma started coaching IUP rugby for the next 17 years taking a so-called rugby team to national prominence from 1988 to 2004. In 2000, IUP Rugby finished #4 in the nation. 

Questions please reach out to Coach Seth Erwin – serwin@iup.edu or 724-422-0814

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