About Zoomie Men’s Rugby
The Air Force Academy (Zoomie) Men’s Rugby team began in 1968. In 1980, Air Force began competing in collegiate rugby under USA Rugby. Since that time, Air Force has made 13 final four appearances in the national tournament, earning national championships in 1989, 1990, and 2003. Multiple players have gone on to represent the USA on the Men’s National Rugby Team, including Ben Trautwein, Matt Schmitz, Josh Dean, Mike Hobson, Brian Lemay, and Eric Duechle.
Four National Champions: ’78 (pre-USA Rugby national championship tournament), ’89, ’90, ’03
Five-Time National Championship Runners-Up: ’80, ’83, ’87, ’93, ’95
Five Other Appearances at the Final Four: ’86, ’88, ’92, ’94, ’04
Zoomie Men’s Rugby Blue (A) competes in Rocky Mountain Rugby Division 1A Southwest Conference along with CSU, CU, and UNM (New Mexico). In the Northwest conference are BYU, Utah State, Wyoming. Additionally, they compete against Army and Navy (Shea Cup) while trying to play at least one other non conference opponent.
The Shea Cup is a fall 15s challenge trophy between Air Force and Navy. The game is played annually in honor of Lt. Col Kevin Shea, who was a National Champion rugby player for the Air Force Academy before cross commissioning to the Marine Corps. He went on to teach, coach rugby, and be recognized as an honorary graduate of the Naval Academy. Lt. Col Shea gave his life in service of this country on 14 September, 2004 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. The game is played annually in his honor as a reminder of the type of legacy he left for both teams to carry as rugby players and future Military Officers.
Zoomie Silver (B) and Gray (C) compete against D1A Conference foes and Rocky Mountain Rugby Division 2 schools Montana State, Northern Colorado, Western State, Colorado Mesa, CSU Pueblo, and Colorado Mines.