The most storied and competitive collegiate clubs in U.S. Rugby all have a few things in common:
- Excellent University Relations
- Professionally Invested Coaching Staff
- Access to the highest caliber training and playing facilities
- Strong Financial Backing; typically through Alumni support
So how do we develop Texas A&M Rugby to consistently compete at the national level? Our strategy can be broken up into four parts:
- Financial — Every dollar Old Maroon takes in is reinvested into the future of the club. Through a Quarterly, zero-sum budget, Old Maroon contributes to various team necessities like coaching stipends, equipment, and travel expenses. However, since our mission is not based on THIS season, we contribute every dollar over a set threshold to the club rugby endowment funds.
- Mentorship — Our Leadership Structure provides the framework to develop current students in their rugby endeavors, whether through competition, coaching, or club administration. Additionally, our Special-Interest Committees provide direct mentorship on specific topics like coaching staff management, fundraising, and recruiting to name a few.
- University Relations — Texas A&M Rugby is a RECSports Club in the Department of Student Affairs. From our RECSports representatives in Student Affairs up to the University System’s Chancellor’s Office, we pursue all opportunities to share our message and promote rugby in our University and its System Schools.
- Measuring Success — we currently track four metrics to determine whether or not we are progressing:
- Membership Dues
- Fundraising Program Revenue
- Old Maroon Endowment Fund Contribution
- Net Income Target — Zero