Zoomie Rugby Staff
Name: Denny Merideth
College: USAFA, 1969
Denny Merideth developed a passion for rugby as a cadet at the Air Force Academy in 1969 that matured into a life-long dedication to a philosophy founded upon the spirit of rugby. This passion led him to successful careers in the Air Force, U.S. State Department, Missouri State Legislature and private business. After 40 years Denny finally moved back to the Colorado Springs area in 2013 and volunteered to assist with the Air Force Academy Rugby Club.
Denny has previously coached with both the US Air Force Rugby Team and the U.S. Combined Services Team. During his 14 years with the Combined Services Denny took the team on tours to England, Wales, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand gaining valuable experience as a coach and mentor. He has also coached club teams in Poland, The Philippines, and the Netherlands.
Highlights of his Air Force career include serving as an F-15 Combat Instructor Pilot, the Senior Military Advisor for Royal Saudi Military Forces in southwestern Saudi Arabia, Commander of Air Liaison Personnel assigned to the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, Operations Commander of a 560-person fighter unit in Iceland, and Instructor Pilot for the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Denny’s tours took him to a number of locations including Korea, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Jordan, and Honduras.
Denny returned to work with his brother on the family farm after retiring from the Air Force. Together they carried on the family farming tradition. Shortly after arriving though Denny was elected as the first independent State Representative to the Missouri House of Representatives since 1891. He became the senior member of the Budget Committee and worked diligently to ensure Missouri had a balanced budget in difficult economic times. He strove to serve both as a dedicated public servant by providing dedicated constituent services and as an engaged legislator.
Soon after September 11, 2001 Denny joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. During his final tour overseas Denny led a dynamic political team of U.S. and U.K. civilian and military personnel throughout Helmand Province in Afghanistan as the Senior U.S. Political Advisor. As the principal political advisor to the Ambassador at U.S. Embassy The Hague he directed a wide range of activities related to European security issues, including NATO and the EU's European Security and Defense Policy. He was a frequent lecturer at Leiden University and member of roundtable dialogues at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies. While stationed at the U.S. Embassy Manila Denny served as the Executive Officer for the Ambassador’s outreach efforts and synchronized the Mission’s 27 separate federal agencies. During his tenure at the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland he was recognized as the section leader in standard-setting analysis and developed leadership tenets that were lauded by the State Department headquarters in Washington D.C.
Name: Joseph Cox
Hometown: Leesburg, FL
College: USAFA, Bachelors in Basic Science, 1998 (Dominate!);
University of Alabama, Masters in Aerospace Engineering, 2006
Joe Dan played flyhalf at USAFA before graduating in 1998 and he is currently a Level 200 certified coach with USA Rugby. For his Air Force career, Joe Dan attended pilot training at Columbus AFB, MS, and stayed on at Columbus after graduation as a First Assignment Instructor Pilot (FAIP) teaching new pilots to fly.
Joe Dan has also been the chief evaluator pilot (EP) in KC-10As and C-37As at Travis AFB, CA and MacDill AFB, FL, respectively. He served a staff tour as the commander of the Air Operations Squadron, Detachment 1, in Ramstein, Germany, before his teaching tenure at USAFA.
Joe Dan currently teaches cadets Calculus and Differential Equations with the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Name: Bonnie Anderson
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
College: Western Carolina University Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training, 2015;
BOC Certified Athletic Trainer, 2015
Bonnie is originally from Ohio where her connection to Rugby got its start. Her father started the Dayton Men’s Rugby Club, so she grew up spending her weekends at tournaments.
After high school Bonnie ventured down south to North Carolina for college. She moved out to Colorado Springs for a senior externship at USAFA with Football. After graduation she was hired full time with the NCAA-DoD Concussion Study. It is the largest longitudinal study on concussions ever conducted.
Her role in the concussion clinic allows her to donate her time and skills to the men’s rugby club after the work day is complete. Bonnie states, "joining the Rugby staff has been a real honor!"