College Program Highlight – Central Washington University

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Central Washington University


CWU is located about 110 miles (180 km) east of Seattle, Washington on Interstate 90 in the Kittitas Valley. In addition to being the fastest growing public university in the state of Washington, CWU is considered an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution with 15 percent Hispanic students. Nearly all students who attend Central Washington University (CWU) are state residents. In fact, just about 5 percent of freshmen are from outside the state. CWU has about 30 clubs and organizations for students to check out, from the Rodeo Club to the Trombone Studio. Students can also get involved in several academic hubs on campus, including the Center for Excellence in Leadership and the Center for Student Empowerment. On the sports fields, the CWU Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Graduate students can complete degrees through the Central Washington University Department of Art, among other departments. Notable alumni of Central Washington University include Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna, who led the Wildcats to a national football championship while at CWU, and Doug Wood, chief operating officer of clothing manufacturer Tommy Bahama.

Women’s Rugby:

The women’s rugby program began in 1990 and in the Fall of 2014 became recognized as an emerging Division 1 women’s sport in the NCAA. Since becoming a varsity program in 2014 CWU has competed in both 7’s and 15’s National Championships yearly, remaining top 4 in the nation. We are a diverse and powerful collection of skilled and dedicated women seeking to foster a positive performance environment that aids in the development of selflessness, respect, health and personal growth. It is one thing to help an athlete grow to their fullest athletic potential it is another to prepare these women for life after college and rugby; we strive to achieve both of these outcomes. Going into our 2018-2019 season we have 3 All-Americans and 4 National team players in the women’s player pool. At Central Washington we apply many resources to enhance learning and health such as: film analysis, individual chalk talk and field sessions, player handbooks, nutritionists, tutors, sports psychologists, strength and conditioning coaches, and athletic trainers. The new turf at Tomlinson Stadium allows all weather, night and day, access to on field training. As part of a varsity program we are active in our community service efforts. Join the family by becoming a CWU Wildcat!

2014-2015: 2nd–7’s & 15’s 2015-2016: 5th– 7’s 2016-2017: 3rd– 7’s, 2nd– 15’s 2017- 2018: 5th– 7’s, 3rd/4th– 15’s

Men’s Rugby:

The men’s rugby program began in 1972 and in the Spring of 2014 became recognized as a varsity sport under the department of athletics. Before then CWU had climbed up the rankings to be in top 5 in the nation through good performances in both 15s & 7s.The mission of Central Washington University Men’s Rugby is to develop a team of young men with strong work ethic, commitment, and character who love the sport of rugby, and unquestionably dedicate themselves to becoming the best at everything they do on the field, in the classroom, and as individuals of our community. Our program strives to be to be a National championship contending program each year with athletes who work hard, love the game, put team first, play for each other and those gone before them, and display exemplary character at all times. In the past 5 years we have produced five USA Eagle national team players in either fifteens or sevens and over 20 junior or collegiate All-American players which is a testament to what our environment can provide.

At Central Washington we apply many resources to enhance our student-athlete experience with a full-time coaching staff; full-time strength & conditioning staff; full-time athletic training staff; nutritionist and an academic success center for student-athletes. This all culminates in providing an experience where grow both academically and athletically . The newly renovated Tomlinson Stadium allows all weather, night and day, access to on field training.. As part of a varsity program we are active in our community service efforts and last year won the service award in the Athletic department after amassing 532 hrs. .Join our brotherhood and a challenging environment by becoming a CWU Wildcat today!

Central Washington UniversityTuition & Fees (In State):$8,072Tuition & Fees (Out of State):$23,053Room and Board:$11,115 Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,376 Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1 Acceptance Rate: 79% Admissions Deadline: Rolling Test Scores Due: September 1 Avg High School GPA: 3.2SAT Requirements: 1040-1220 ACT Requirements: 18-24

Rugby Information

Men’s Rugby Website: http://www.wildcatsports.com/index.aspx?path=mrugby Men’s Contact:Todd Thornley – todd.thornley@cwu.eduWomen’s Rugby Website:http://www.wildcatsports.com/index.aspx?path=wrubgyWomen’s Head Coach:Women’s Head Coach: Trevor Richards – trevor.richards@cwu.eduMen’s Rugby Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CWURugby/Men’s Rugby Twitter:https://twitter.com/CWURugbyWomen’s Rugby Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/cwuwomensrugby/Women’s Rugby Twitter:https://twitter.com/CWURugbyWomenWomen’s Rugby Instagram:@cwuwomensrugby

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