Call in to meet the new USA Rugby Collegiate Directors!

from USA Rugby:

USA Rugby announced Thursday May 3 that Richard Cortez and Tam Breckenridge are the new Collegiate Directors for the Union and they would like to invite you, as a college rugby stakeholder, to a meet and greet and a Q&A session via conference call.

Cortez will be the Collegiate Director and Breckenridge will be the Associate Collegiate Director. Both have extensive sports management and rugby experience that they will use to help drive the college game forward.

The conference call will be held on Wednesday May 9 at 1 p.m. MDT. The two will introduce themselves, share their vision for college rugby, and open the call up to a Question and Answer session.

If interested, please call in using the information below:

Time: 1 p.m. MDT, Wednesday May 9, 2012
Dial-in: 1-712-432-3100
Conference code: 453149

If you plan to call in, please:

  • Put your phone on mute until you’re prepared to ask a question
  • Indicate to the mediator that you’d like to ask a question by hitting “5

Please be advised that only the first 1,000 callers will be placed into the conference call, so if you miss your chance don’t worry! There will be other opportunities to speak with the incoming directors in the coming months.



Richard Cortez
Cortez has been involved with rugby since the 1970s in various capacities. He played rugby and varsity golf at Stanford University while earning his undergraduate degree. Cortez went on to earn his MBA and JD from Stanford. Following a stint as a coach at Stanford, he became the Associate Director of Athletics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., gaining experience in operations and spearheading the licensing program there. Cortez has practiced law and has a wide array of business and consulting experience.

He has a vast rugby administration and coaching career as well, leading the University of Wyoming to two National Semifinals and six National Quarterfinal games.

Tam Breckenridge
Breckenridge has played both basketball and rugby at a high level and was a part of two very successful championship teams. She won a National Championship playing basketball at UCLA in 1978 and was on the USA Rugby Women’s National Team that won the 1991 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Breckenridge worked in the UCLA Athletic Department for over 20 years and was most recently the Assistant Athletic Director for the Bruins.

In addition to her World Cup victory, Breckenridge has played a key role in several domestic national championships and has also found success as a coach. She has coached the Women’s National Team, the Southern California All-Star team, and the UCLA Women’s Rugby team. She has also been inducted into the Crescenta Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Breckenridge will be starting immediately while Cortez will officialy begin with USA Rugby on June 1.


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