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Pittsburgh Forge Rugby announces Seth Erwin as Men’s 7s Rugby Coach

[PITTSBURGH, PA] — The Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Club is excited to announce that Seth Erwin has been appointed Head Coach of the Men’s Qualifying 7s side for the Summer 2024 season.

Seth is the current Head Coach of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Men’s Program and widely considered one of the best rugby coaches in Western Pennsylvania. He has led his team to two NCR Division II 7s National Championships (2022, 2023) as well as an XVs National Championship in 2023. Prior to his success at IUP, Seth directed and coached the Kiski Valley Titans U-19 program where he won two Pennsylvania State Championships in 2016 and 2019. Seth brings a wealth of knowledge in both the XVs and 7s codes as well as a history of developing young players into high performing athletes.

This year’s Men’s 7s program looks to build off the tremendous success of last summer where a young Forge squad competed well in the Midwest 7s Series, considered one of the best competitions in the country. In 2024, under the direction of Seth, and with inclusion from great area 7s programs like Wheeling University (2024 Premier National Champions), Slippery Rock University (2024 Small College National Champions) and of course, IUP (2022 and 2023 National Champions, 3rd Place in 2024), the Forge strives to raise their level of success and compete at USA Club Rugby Nationals.

This year, the Midwest 7s Series will feature the following stops:

  • Round 1: Saturday, June 15, 2024 – Cin City 7s in Cincinnati, OH
  • Round 2: Saturday, June 29, 2024 – Midwest Crossover Event in Lemont, IL
  • Round 3: Saturday, July 13, 2024 – Mid-Michigan 7s in Lansing, MI
  • Round 4: Saturday, July 27, 2024 – Midwest 7s Championship in Elkhart, IN
  • USA Club Rugby National Championship – Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11, 2024, in Madison, WI

Training will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on June 3, 2024. Practice will be held at Phillip Murray Field located at 725 Mountain Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210 near Pittsburgh’s historic Southside. Training will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM each day and will not conflict with the Forge’s popular Summer Touch Program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Interested players should plan to attend a practice.

Please feel free to submit your information on our online registration form here.

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