Kevin Deitz Interview


Once again, Kent Currie takes us behind the scenes and chats one on one with a key figure in College Rugby. This time, Kent has the pleasure of talking to Kevin C. Deitz, President of the Syracuse University Rugby Football Club


Kent Currie: How long have you been playing rugby?

Kevin C. Deitz: This is my third year


KC: What influenced you to start playing rugby?

KD: I had heard what I great time and challenging experience it was from family and friends


KC: What are the best things about playing rugby?

KD: The best thing about rugby has to be the people. All my friends at college are rugby players, and I see them all as being friends for life


KC: Do you think you will continue playing rugby once you have finished college?

KD: There is no doubt in my mind.

Only now do I feel that I am really getting my head wrapped around the game. I feel that I have so much more to learn, and tons of room for improvement as far as skill and decision making is concerned.


KC: Who have been the biggest influences in your career?

KD: The biggest impact has been my good friend, and former Syracuse Hammerhead fullback, Matt Nathanson. When I was thrown into the position of starting inside center last year with only a years worth of experience, his incessant screaming kept me at the right place at the right time, and made me hustle more that I ever could have alone.


KC: What’s your opinion on the state of American rugby?

KD: I feel that American rugby has come a long way since its youth. When the founders of our club played in their first season in 1969, there were only a hand-full of teams in NY state. That number has grown to around 68 I believe. But there is always room to grow. I love to see kids in high school learning the game, and being able to come onto a college team and make a big impact their first year. There is tons of room for improvement, and I’m happy to be a part of it. Lastly, it’s the most fun you can have with your pants on.


KC: Would you like t represent the USA Eagles at any stage?

KD: It’s been a dream of mine every since I started playing rugby. I couldn’t think of a better game on such a huge, international scale. Those men and women playing aren’t doing it for glory, they are doing it to represent their country, and I would love to be a part of that.

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