What A Night?! 2022 US Rugby Hall of Fame Ceremony

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GLENDALE, CO – What a night it was at the Infinity Park Event Center in Rugbytown, USA (aka Glendale, CO)! The US Rugby Foundation inducted myself and 6 others stalwarts into the US Rugby Hall of Fame. It was a perfect setting and an amazing gathering of more than 300 people with love of rugby front and center.

In addition, 2 persons received Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well others receiving the Craig Sweeney Award and Jon Prusmack Award. You can find the full details of the awards and recipients in the event program at https://fliphtml5.com/uecog/gzbr

A full report is found at https://usrugbyfoundation.org/the-2022-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-was-a-night-to-remember/

The above photo is of the Hall of Fame inductees along with the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

Steve Cohen

Being inducted into this select group is an honor for all inductees. For myself it was an an honor I never expected or sought. I am proud of what I have accomplished these past 50 years…..especially without having a stellar career either as a player or coach. This recognition for all I’ve done to make rugby a great experience for others has wrapped around my heart in ways I never could have imagined. Having my supportive wife Carol and close friends Rich and Paula Graham along with NCR’s Jeremy Treece, Wade Smith and Steven Hiatt, there made the event extra special.

You can watch the Induction Ceremony with a login into your free account on The Rugby Network at:

My dear friend and long-time rugger Bill Krecker, who recently passed, would say, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” That is as true on the pitch as it is in life.

I ended my induction speech saying that “I know we are all looking forward to seeing rugby become a more prominent sport in this country, especially as we head towards hosting the World Cup.  So, I would like to call on each and every one of you to find a way you can support the ongoing development of rugby.  At NCR we want to help to build the US rugby community by inspiring young adults through a great college rugby experience that will motivate them into always keeping rugby as an important part of their life.  Let’s stand together and make this happen. “

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About Steve Cohen 1 Article
Stephen is the former NCR President and CEO. Educated as an Aeronautical Engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Steve worked as a mechanical engineer in the design and construction of power plants. He began playing rugby in 1969 and then became a full time referee. While refereeing for nearly 35 years he also held numerous rugby administrative leadership roles at the local, territorial and national levels. He created an East Coast College Division 2 Championship for men and women which led to the first National Championship in 1997. As a member of the USARFU Collegiate Committee he proposed that USARFU start its own Division 2 playoffs. In 2002 he created an East Coast College Division 3 Championship for men and women which led to the creation of NSCRO in 2007. As President of NSCRO he directed a responsive organization providing needed services which has resulted in significant annual membership growth, improved competition and school recognition for small college rugby clubs.