Lamo College Recruiting


Lamorinda Rugby is committed to supporting the growth of rugby throughout the United States. We believe this can best happen through strong youth and college rugby programs. To this end, we encourage all of our graduating players to pursue college rugby opportunities, and we are pleased that many of our seniors go on to play for teams throughout the nation.  

Below are several helpful links for our players who are preparing their college applications.  




Lamorinda Rugby College Recruiting Program Chairs:


Heather O'Donnell

College Advising

We highly recommend using a college adviser if your budget allows.  Making a college decision is a huge financial commitment, and a professional college adviser can help you find and apply to the right colleges for your personality and academic needs so that financial investment is not wasted.  Here are a few local advisers that our players have used in the past and who have knowledge of college rugby programs.   There are many other local advisers, in addition to your own high school counselors who are great sources of information.

Karen Fong-Donoghue

NCYRA College Advisor

(858) 880-7325 cell

Anne Fuller

(925) 822-4904

Lamo Rugby College Program Chair

Josie Kelley

(925) 383-5667

Josie was our first Lamo adviser!

Christy Higgins

Christy Higgins

(925) 878-9667


Susan P. Kjorlien, MA/PPS

(925) 788-6218


Hather O'Donnell

(925) 899-4512


Karen Donoghue has recently published a comprehensive book on college admissions for rugby athletes called The College Playbook, and it provides a wealth of information to get you started on your college path. You can find it online HERE.

Rugby Resume
It is highly recommended to complete a rugby resume before contacting any college rugby coaches, regardless of the competitiveness of the team.  This helps you determine your athletic strengths and weaknesses and helps you better choose a college team that fits your personality and skill level.  Below is the resume we recommend for Lamo players in both a Word Doc and a PDF.




USA College Rugby Teams and Structure

Helpful Articles

Here are links to USA Rugby articles outlining the structure of college rugby. Check with individual head coaches to verify if a specific team can tag players or provide admissions assistance, or check back to this site later as we will be developing this list.

List of Colleges with Rugby Teams from Lamo

Popular Colleges with Lamo Players

USA College Rugby Teams and Structure 


Men's Division 1-A Teams


National Small College Rugby Teams Pac West



Interesting Articles


Cal Athletic Tag Info

The link below is to a 2011 document put out by the Cal Senate on their athletic admissions policy. Well worth a read! Grades still matter to get tagged by Cal!


Cal Student Admision Policy for Athletes


Rugby-specific scholarships

USA Rugby Lists of College Scholarships