The American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) has named Jeffrey H. Ward to serve as its first Association Administrator. ACRA, which begins its first season of competition in the fall, was founded by college women’s rugby programs from across the country for the purpose of supporting and growing women’s rugby at the college level.
Ward comes to the organization with an extensive background in college athletics. He currently is the principal at Casco Bay Associates, a consulting firm which focuses on issues in college athletics. Until the summer of 2012, he was the Director of Athletics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. Previously, he had served as an administrator and/or coach at Brown University, Columbia University, and United States Military Academy at West Point. During his tenure at Bowdoin, the Polar Bear Women’s Rugby team became one of the first in the country to be elevated to varsity.
“Jeff has already proven himself to be a great asset,” said Austin Hall, a member of ACRA Executive Council and Head Coach at Norwich University. “His experience and passion for student-athletes makes him perfect person to help our organization as a whole and individual teams.”
“I’m both honored and excited,” said Ward. “The people of ACRA are truly committed to their students and their sport. Women’s Rugby holds a very special place in the sporting landscape. I look forward to helping these dedicated coaches and athletes to grow the game.
First round games will be played at campus sites on the weekend of November 9th and 10th.
Round of 16 and Quarterfinal games will take place at regional sites on the weekend of November 16th and 17th.
Semi-Final and Championship games will be held on December 7th and 8th.
The first ACRA championship is scheduled for December 7th and 8th, 2013 in Florida.
Read the initial press release of ACRA here.