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Hope College Rugby

From left, frobt, Kyle Magnuson, Andrew Niedbala, Bryce Richards, Justice Burley, Jack Wolff, Jorge Benitez, Benjamin Stryker, Andrew Mitchell, Devin Dumont; back, head coach Patrick Monahan, Lee Keinath, Cody Berkobien, Eugene Ryan, Seth Held, Dylan Wyckoff, Maxwell Nipke, Tyler Olesh, Patrick Wolf, Mitch Larsen, assistant coach Shafer Graham



18 — Hope 24, Grand Valley State University B 7

26 — Hope 37, Hillsdale 12


10 — Hope 50, Oakland University 7

17 — Hope 40, Western Michigan University B 23

30 — Calvin 21, Hope 14. Photo Gallery By Student Photographer Joy Rhine


7 — Midwest DIII Challenge Cup, John Carroll Ohio 55, Hope 24 


President: Tyler Olesh

Vice President: Jorge Benitez

Co-Secretary:  Seth Held

Co-Sectretary: Jack Wolff

Treasurer:  Cody Berkobien


Patrick Monahan is entering his third season as the Hope College rugby club coach this fall. Monahan has been involved in the sport since joining the University of Notre Dame men’s rugby club in 1987. His involvement in club rugby at Notre Dame included serving as match secretary and club president. Monahan’s post-collegiate career continued with the Seattle Rugby Club where he played until moving to the Holland area in 1995.

In 2008, Monahan joined Sean McTaggart in coaching a high school rugby team from West Ottawa High School in Holland. The team has had a great deal of success, winning Division 1 state titles in 2009 and 2012 and finishing second in 2011. West Ottawa won state titles in Division 3 (2008) and Division 2 (2010) for a total of four state championships and one second place finish over six years. West Ottawa also competed in the 2012 Midwest championship tournament placing fifth and achieving  a top 25 ranking nationally. Hope is now a member of the National Small College Rugby Organization LLC (NSCRO).

Monahan is assisted by Shafer Graham.

Rugby is a club sport at Hope College. For information about the 2015 team email


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