The University's head men's and women's rugby coach John Gulden was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference (MARC), officials announced Monday. Gulden will serve as the Compliance Director. Board of Director positions are a volunteer based and held for two years.
As a member of the MARC Board of Directors, Gulden will maintain and improve the standard of play for MARC rugby teams. As the Compliance Director, Gulden will ensure that documentation of eligibility requirements are disseminated to and understood by all college teams. This includes, but not limited to, confirming all players and teams competing in the MARC are in good standing with USA Rugby. Gulden will also be responsible for keeping up with any and all changes to the college eligibility rules as the sport continues to evolve.
The Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference operates as a regional collegiate competitive organization in conjunction with USA Rugby. MARC administers over 50 Collegiate rugby programs, and over 2,000 student athletes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and West Virginia. Operating within USA Rugby Collegiate structure, MARC administers D1AA , D2 ,and NSCRO (National Small College Rugby Organizations) Men's and Women's competitive rugby programs. The USA Rugby Regional and Divisional structure follows the NCAA varsity sports model, with defined regional playoff pathways to National Championship competition. The MARC mission is to administer and promote competitive rugby, player and coach development, player safety, and community service.