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"...Celebrate ourselves, because no one else will"

- Coach Dave Gardell

 
 

Welcome to the Home of the RRAA

My name is Eugene Aiken and I am the President and Founder of the RRAA.  My vision in forming this organization was to have a way for the Alumni of the RPI RFC to support the Active members of the RPI RFC.  We strive to accomplish this   by providing equipment, funding, and other support for the actives while they are still undergrads. Post graduation, the RRAA hopes to facilitate networking opportunities and continued involvement with the entire RPI rugby family.  Additionally, for those of us who have not yet extinguished the fire to compete on the pitch , the RRAA  offers opportunities to play with other  Men & Women alumni in various tournaments throughout the year.

I am excited about the direction in which the RRAA is headed.  So far we have overcome a great many obstacles and have accomplished many goals that we have set for ourselves.  This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our current executive board.  We are a focused and motivated group of individuals who have supported each other on the pitch, and now support each other off the pitch.

I would like to thank you for checking out the RRAA website.  Please feel free to take a look around, be amazed and get excited about the things we are doing and plan to do in the future.  If you have comments or questions there is a place on the site where you can leave them or you can send an email to gene@rpirugbyalumniassociation.org.

Cheers,

EUGENE L. AIKEN III

PRESIDENT

RPI RUGBY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

 

Executive Board and Officers

The following members were elected to the executive board during our annual meeting. The executive board and officers are responsible for the daily operation of the RRAA. 

 
 
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Eugene Aiken III

“Front Row: Without a doubt the manliest men on the pitch. Large, often hairy, beer swilling carnivores that can and will smash anything in their path. Reveling in the violence inherent in the scrum, they are rarely considered “nice” people, and in fact to some they aren’t even considered humans at all. Front rowers tolerate this attitude far and wide because they recognize their role at the top of the food chain and are used to suffering the fools that surround them. Accused by some of simply being dumb, I prefer to think of this group as “open to unconventional ways of thinking.”

Gene has been playing rugby since 2006. His favorite position is prop, more specifically tight head, but he is skilled at any position in the front row. He started playing rugby because after he was done playing football in college he still had the desire to be part of a team and enjoyed the extremely physical nature of rugby. He is currently pursuing a career in the banking/finance/investing field.


Ryan CLAPP

“Forwards are the gnarled and scarred creatures who have a propensity for running into and bleeding all over each other.”- Peter Fitzsimmons

Ryan’s favorite position on the pitch is Second Row. He started playing for RPI in college and served as captain and VP during that time. After grad school Ryan became the active Men's coach and lead the team for 5 years. Ryan is currently located in NYC where he works in business analytics. Ryan continues to be involved in Rugby playing a few times a year and working as an active member of The Rugby Referee Society of New York.

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Tierney Morton

"I get knocked down, but I get up again." -Chumbawamba - Alec Jannen

Tierney joins the RRAA this year after completing the co-terminal program at RPI. While at RPI Tierney acted as the head of club-alumni relations and served as women's team captain. Tierney has been instrumental in the success of the RRAA's events.. She is passionate about creating successful partnerships between the Alumni, RPI, and the Active Club. 


Alec Jannen

"I get knocked down, but I get up again." -Chumbawamba

If you've been around RPI Rugby in the past decade, then you've probably met Sabertooth, er... Alec. Obviously a Lock, he has been a consistent presence both on and off the pitch for the RRAA. Whether it is donning the Sabertooth onesie while supporting the actives, rocking the pitch at CanAms, or sandstorming the through the night, he is always ready to support his fellow ruggers and help us celebrate ourselves.

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