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U Buffalo Brings In Keeler For Pre-Season

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U Buffalo Brings In Keeler For Pre-Season

The University at Buffalo Rugby Alumni Association is bringing in Santa Clara University Head Coach Paul Keeler as this year's guest coach at the University at Buffalo Rugby Club’s annual pre-season camp in August.

Keeler, a World Rugby Level 3 coach, is a highly respected coach and was the head man at San Francisco Golden Gate and Old Blue men's clubs. He has also coached the USA Rugby Men's “A” side and was the head coach of PRO Rugby team San Francisco Rush. He is currently the head coach at Santa Clara University.

Keeler began playing rugby at the collegiate level in Buffalo for Canisius College before moving on to play with the Buffalo Rugby Club and later Rockaway RFC and Old Blue RFC of the Rugby Super League, where his team reached the playoffs four times including two RSL semifinals.

Keeler will assist the UB coaching staff in all aspects of the game with an emphasis on analysis and feedback for the club's practice and game cycle leading up to and following the club's pre-season matches with Syracuse University.

"We're excited to have a coach of Paul's caliber join us this year," said UB Rugby Head Coach Mike Hodgins. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and his credentials speak for themselves." he added.

Current UB Rugby club president Jake Oppenheim appreciates the support from the UBRAA. "In the short time our alumni association has been up and running, the support has been tremendous," said Oppenheim. "The guest coaches is another example of that and one of the great things about playing rugby at UB."

The University at Buffalo Men's Rugby Club opens their Fall 2017 Season August 26th when they host Syracuse University in a pre-season contest.