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Meet Coach Gulden

He Knows How To Win

John Gulden is passionate about rugby, about his players, and about his charge to build a new varsity rugby program from the ground up at Marywood University.

Coach Gulden is a USA Rugby Level 200 and World Rugby Level 1 certified coach. He comes to Marywood University from West Chester University, where he was the Assistant/Forwards Coach with the Women’s Varsity Rugby program.

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Photo Caption: Coach Gulden’s team won the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union Regional Championship.

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Rugby @ Marywood

Fierce. Focused. First.

Be all three at Marywood University as part of the first men’s and women’s varsity rugby teams. Both programs will begin competitive play in the fall as members of USA Rugby (the national governing body) and the Small College Division of the Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference (MARC).



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Marywood High School Girls Rugby Festival

Sunday, September 23

Marywood University
2300 Adams Ave. Scranton, Pa 18509

High School/U18 Girls 7s

Cost: $200 First Team $150 for Second Team

Marywood University’s Rugby Festival will boost competition opportunities for high school girls by providing a safe environment, promoting sportsmanship, and giving high school girls’ rugby teams a tournament that they can call their own.

The tournament will be capped at 16 teams. Depending on the number of participating teams, different divisions will be formed to promote a fair level of play and to give each team quality matches that fit their skill level. Each team is guaranteed four matches.

Concessions, tournament apparel, and Marywood Rugby apparel will be provided, and all participating teams will have the exclusive opportunity to talk to Marywood’s coaching staff and Women’s Rugby team throughout the day, to learn about Marywood University, and to discover what it’s like to play college-level rugby.

Make checks payable to Marywood Rugby and mail to John Gulden at 2300 Adams Ave. Scranton, Pa 18509. To secure your spot in the tournament, submit your payment by August 1, 2018. Marywood University’s Athletic Department has an agreement with several hotels where you can get discount rates.

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Let's Get Ready To Scrum!

Here are a few teams we’ll meet in competition:

Men's League

  • Gettysburg College
  • Juniata College
  • Lafayette College
  • St. Joe's University

Women's League

  • Drexel University
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Washington College

Get Fit For Rugby

Marywood's Center for Athletics and Wellness offers extensive modern facilities for fitness, recreation, and athletic opportunities, including a premier fitness center, a climbing wall, Aquatic Center, an elevated running track, a dance/aerobic studio, an arena to showcase Pacer Sports, and high tech athletic training areas.

Outdoor athletic facilities include six tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, and basketball courts. The baseball and softball fields are some of the finest in the region, and Marywood offers a multipurpose natural grass field, as well as a synthetic turf field with lighting for evening events.

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You're ready. You want to start now. You want to set records.

At Marywood, you can rule on the field and in the classroom. Our student athletes succeed, athletically and academically, and we have the record to prove it. The Pacers never stop, on or off the field.


Conference Championships

All-Conference Honors

National Team Academic Award Winners

Student-Athletes on the Conference Academic Honor Roll

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