Susquehanna University - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Susquehanna University


Jersey Number
(in order)
Last NameFirst NamePronunciation
(if needed)
(Fr., So, Jr. or Sr.)
HeightWeightYears Playing RugbyMajor
1PowellRyheemJunior6'2"2306Early Childhood Education
4StoneRileySophomore6'3"2353Business Administration
7HeydtAndrewFreshman6'4" 2151Business Administration
8Young-BurkeIsayahJunior6'1"2102Luxury Brand Marketing & Management
10KaltenbachMattSunnySenior5"111807Art History
12O'ConnellCooperSenior6'0"21010Strategic Communications-Advertising & Marketing

Captain: Cooper O’Connell

Team Colors: Orange, Maroon, and White

Team Nickname: River Hawks

Location (city, state): Selinsgrove, PA

Rugby Union Representing: Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference

Names of Coaches (head, assistants):

Head Coach, Dr. Jonathan Niles
Assistant Coach, Randy McGregor
Assistant Coach, Jeff Kaltenbach
Assistant Coach, Maureen Kaltenbach

Current 7s Only Won-Loss Record and all tournament results:

Brief History included year club founded:

Susquehanna University is a selective liberal arts school, and a Division III NCAA institution with just over 2266 students (995 male students). Men’s Rugby is governed as a club sport at Susquehanna. Susquehanna University Men’s Rugby Club was formed in 1969. During the 1980’s and early 1990s the club had many successes on the field routinely defeating much large universities. During the late 1990’s and 2000s the club fell on tough times playing in Division 2 and Division 3 of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU). From 1999 until 2008 the club had 7 league wins and 33 league losses with 1 Tie. In fall 2009, the club finished with a 3-3 record which helped to start a rebirth under new student leadership. In fall 2010, current head coach Dr. Jonathan Niles arrived at Susquehanna as a visiting professor and agreed to coach the club. In fall 2011, the club made their 1st EPRU playoff appearance in 15s since 1997. With a new foothold, the club has now had several years of extremely successful 15s and 7s seasons.
Since 2012, Susquehanna University Men’s Rugby Club has played in 6 straight EPRU/MARC Small College Championships under coach Dr. Jonathan Niles. In 2017 they won the Championship over Bucknell, and in 2014 they won the title over Neumann University. The club consistently ranks in the top 20 nationally ranked small college rugby teams in the country by NSCRO. They have played in NSCRO 15’s national playoffs each year since 2012. The have finished as highly ranked as #9 in the country in NSCRO 15s. They finished the fall season ranked #13 in the country.
In 7’s rugby Susquehanna has been extremely successful the last six years. From 2013 thru 2016 the Susquehanna University and played at the NSCRO 7s National Championships in Philadelphia, PA. This year’s appearance is Susquehanna’s 5th appearance at the NSCRO 7s National Championship. In Championships. In 2016, Susquehanna finished 3rd in the national championships.