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In 2012, the leadership group at CSU Men's Rugby Club oversaw a complete coaching overhaul within the club. The first person that was sought after was a head coach-- the rest were soon to follow. Since these changes, the program has seen nothing but progress. From game results on the field, to community involvement off of it, the club has seen exponential improvement. This year is sure to follow trend. The Rams are seeking their third straight season making the National playoffs in both 7's and 15's, and are looking to improve their national standings in each of these tournaments.
Head Coach: Justin Mort
Coach Mort, hailing from Wales, started his rugby career around the age he could walk. By the time he was in his late teens he was representing his home country for their age-grade national team. When he turned 18 Mort signed a contract with professional Welsh side, the Ospreys. Shortly after this, a career ending injury meant he had to find another way to stay involved in the game of rugby--which is how he discovered coaching. Now living in Fort Collins with his wife and two kids, he finds himself half way across the globe from where his rugby career started, coaching CSU.
Since Coach Mort has been on board with CSU, the team has made it to Nationals in 2013 and 2014; both in seven-a-side rugby, and the fifteen-a-side game.
p: (970) 818-1613
Forwards Coach / CRFU Partnership Director: Rod Hartley
Coach Hartley, a New Zealand native, has played and coached rugby all over the world. His passion and enthusiastic nature saw that his addition to the coaching staff in 2014 led to instant results. Our forwards dominated every forward pack they came up against, period. Hartley has dedicated much of his life to becoming a student to the game of rugby. He is an IRB Level 1 certified coach. When Coach Hartley isn't doing anything rugby related, well, he probably isn't doing anything at all, because rugby is what he does.
p: (970) 294-2712
Backs Coach / Team Manager / CRFU Partnership Assistant Director: Ryan Walker
Coach Walker, following the theme of a funny-talking coaching staff, grew up learning and playing his rugby in Australia. Having had relocated to the US in the mid 00's, Coach Walker attended and gained his degree from CSU. In 2013 the CSU Men's Rugby Club was fortunate enough to have him rejoin the club once more, to take up a position within the coaching staff.
Coach Walker has played on multiple select sides when he isn't coaching CSU. His current club is the nationally acclaimed PRP side-- the Denver Barbarians.
p: (937) 414-3185
B-Side Forwards Coach / Chiropractor: Dr. Matt Ullom
Learning his rugby in the heartland of America, Dr. Matt Ulom attended Palmer College of Chiropractic. This is where he learnt how to play rugby for one of the Midwest's powerhouse teams, and learnt the trade that he practices every day. He was a walk-on at Palmer College, which led to him quickly becoming a starting player, and scholarship earner.
Dr. Ullom joined the CSU team in 2012. Since then he has been correcting scrums and coaching our B-Side forwards, while correcting necks and straightening backs for everyone involved with the club.
p: (563) 599-8985
Alumni Board Director: Greg Osberg
Mr. Greg Osberg played for CSU in the 70s. After graduating he eventually moved away from Colorado to pursue his professional career in business. Despite the miles between himself and the team, he still manages to run the Alumni Board and connect the current team with the hundreds of Ram Rugby Alumni throughout the world-- a testament to his savvy and astute skills as a director with the club.
p: (917) 913-6019
Player Leadership Group
Captain: Jaron Beerline
Jaron, a senior at Colorado State was selected as Captain prior to the 2016 season. A four year starter, Beerline helps lead the most dominant forward pack in the west. He also runs the teams conditioning program; a point of pride for the team. Ram Rugby means fast paced ball, and the team regularly runs its opposition off the field, and is recognized as one of the fittest teams around. Beerline adds, "Colorado States' winning ways begin with elite preparation"
President: Daniel Hyatt
Dan, a senior at CSU, will look after all things administrative within the current club members, and serving as liaison between the club and the university. Recruits and members of the community can feel free to reach out to him regarding any questions and queries they might have.