Meredith Pyke named head coach of women’s rugby at Saint-Bonaventure University

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March 21, 2022

Meredith Pyke of Rochester has been named head women’s rugby coach at St. Bonaventure University. She begins her new position on May 2.

“We are very pleased to have Coach Pyke on board. She is passionate about growing the women’s game and I am confident she will have a positive impact on our female student-athletes,” said Tui Osborne, Director of Rugby at the ‘university.

Pyke has been active in the rugby community since moving to New York in 2009 to attend the University of Rochester. Throughout her undergraduate career, she served as captain as well as president of the university’s women’s rugby team and was instrumental in founding Ruck Rochester’s annual spring fundraising tournament. of the team.

Shortly after graduating, Pyke took on the role of women’s rugby coach at the University of R while joining the Rochester Renegades, the city of Rochester’s women’s rugby team.

Pyke has been involved in a number of regional and national rugby organizations including serving on the Upstate New York Rugby Collegiate Conference Board of Directors as well as the National Collegiate Rugby Small College Competitions Committee. She also coached the Upstate New York Rugby Collegiate Conference All Star 7s teams.

“I’m passionate about growing the game and allowing athletes to compete and fall in love with rugby,” said Pyke. “I look forward to joining Saint-Bonaventure and working to grow the program. »

A native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Pyke holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and French from the University of Rochester.

Saint-Bonaventure Women’s Rugby was established in 1998 and has grown to become one of the leading clubs in the region with success in the 15s and 7s.

The Bonnies play in the Upstate NY Collegiate Rugby Conference, regularly facing nationally ranked competition. The 15 season takes place during the fall semester and the team has amassed a 15-5 record over the past three seasons.

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About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, Université Saint-Bonaventure is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring them with a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. St. Bonaventure was named the 5th regional college value in the North in the 2022 edition of US News and World Report’s College Rankings.

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