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Gopher Rugby Welcomes Interim Coach Sean "Snacks" Lindersmith

The University of Minnesota Gopher Rugby Boosters have accepted the resignation of Head Coach Jimmy Hanson, effective immediately.

Coach Hanson has served his alma mater with the passion and energy anyone would expect from a Gopher.  Coach Hanson stepped in during a tough transitional period and has served the team and University proudly. 

Boosters President Chris Babiash has named Sean ‘Snacks’ Lindersmith the acting interim head coach through the 2018/2019 school year. Sean has served as the forwards coach alongside Jimmy for the last two years.

Sean is a USA Rugby level 300 certified coach and was recently selected for the USA Rugby Project SOAR coaching pool.  He is one of the few full-time rugby professionals in the United States. He has served as the team manager for the USA Eagles and San Diego PRO team. Most recently, he was the Director of Youth High School Rugby for the Minnesota Rugby Football Union.

We look forward to Sean and his new role as interim head coach of Gopher Rugby, and continually moving forward with the progress and development of the Men’s Rugby Team!

Sean began his coaching career in San Diego, California in 2009. He has grown as a coach since, coaching on nearly every level of domestic rugby. He was one of the first 14 coaches selected for the Premiership Rugby Scholarship in 2017. 

Sean's coaching experience has been gained serving on the staff of the following teams: 

University of Minnesota Men's Rugby

U.S. Coast Guard Sevens Rugby

San Diego Tuna Sevens

San Diego Regional All Star Team

Young Aztecs Rugby

UC San Diego Women's

Saint Augustine High School Boy's Rugby

He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He has two children and lives with his partner, Katie. In his spare time, he hosts a podcast dedicated to sharing sports development stories from across the country.

2018 Gopher Rugby Schedule!

Upcoming Games and Events 

9/8-9     All Minnesota Rugby Tournament (VFW Soccer Fields, Otsego, MN)

9/15       University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 

9/22      BYE

9/29      St. John's University (Collegeville, MN)

10/6       Michigan State University (Home)

10/13      University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)

10/20     Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

10/27     University of Illinois (Home, UMN Parents Weekend)

11/10      Big Ten Championships (TBD)

Registration for the 4th Annual Brad Bark Memorial Golf Tournament is Now Live!

Friday, August 17th, 2018

 Majestic Oaks Golf Club

701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE Ham Lake, MN 55304 Phone: (763) 755-2140

Join us for the 4th Annual Brad Bark Memorial Golf Tournament and celebrate 130 years of Gopher Rugby, hosted by the University of Minnesota Men's Rugby Alumni Association!

Open to all alumni, players, coaches, parents, friends, and associates!

Program Schedule:

11:30-12:45   Registration and Use of Driving Range

1:00              Shotgun Start

6:00-7:00    Social Hour and Buffet Dinner

7:00             Awards and Program

Online Registration is Available Here!

More information can be found on the flyer here!

 

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Spring 7's Schedule Has Been Updated

 

4/21 Update: This weekends's match against University of Wisconsin Eau Claire has been cancelled.

 

The team's spring schedule includes visits to Illinois and Wisconsin for the Big Ten Rugby 7's Series, as well as a trip to Notre Dame to compete in an inter-division tournament. 

 

4/13-14: Big Ten 7's Series-University of Illinois 7's (Champaign, IL)  

4/27-28: Big Ten 7's Championship-University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

5/11-12: Notre Dame Irish 7's (Notre Dame, IN)

Minnesota Hosts Wisconsin

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Metropolis Mens Rugby will host the Gophers 2nd Big 10 match of the season as they host the Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday, September 30th. 

The event will be held at Metropolis' home field in Northeast Minneapolis. Minnesota's games will be preceded by the Menagerie Women's Rugby club vs the Will County Morrigans at 10am and followed by Metropolis vs. Kansas City at 4 PM.