Rugby’s Olympic return in sight (ESPN Boston)

With the London Olympic Games beginning this week, U.S. and Dartmouth men’s rugby coach Alex Magleby ’00 is looking ahead four years, when his sport returns to Olympic competition for the first time since 1924, reports ESPN Boston.

“Magleby will be the man to lead the United States back” to Olympic rugby competition, says the story, a feature on Magleby’s work as coach of the national rugby team.

“When Magleby speaks of rugby in national terms, he sees tremendous potential,” according to ESPN.

And that’s what the coach has found at Dartmouth, where Magleby’s men’s teams have racked up nine conference titles and six straight Ivy League championships since 2001. The coach says there is a lot of talent at Dartmouth, both on and off the field.

“You need a good core group with that experience, as in most team sports. But they were all great guys off the field, they were Phi Beta Kappas and leaders on and off the field. That is most gratifying part of the experience,” he says.

Read the full story, published 7/22/12 in ESPN Boston.