AU Press Releases

Alumnus completes history of University’s Rugby Club

Alumnus Bill Pulos, AU Class of 1977, has completed a new book, “The History of Alfred Rugby.” The book covers the history of the club, tracing its forebears dating back to the mid-1960’s in Albany, NY, up through present time.  Bill, a lawyer, author, and teacher is the club’s co-founder and coach for 16 seasons.

He writes: “Because of online site limitations, the book was posted up in four parts, each representing a different time period. Once you ‘open’ the book at the links, you’ll be able to expand, contract, read single pages, or read side-by-side. 

“If you look closely at the end of PART FOUR, you’ll see that Head Coach Tony Aquilina (assistant athletics director at Alfred University) has scheduled a tournament for the end of March 2014, on the turf at Merrill Field.  When we started in 1985, we had our first practice at our family farm in a hayfield; then after some ‘negotiating,’ we received a piece of grass between the sidewalk and the parking lot at McLane Center for work outs, that probably measured 20 x 20 – tops,” notes Bill. 

THE HISTORY OF ALFRED RUGBY has been published and can be viewed online at these links: Club beginning 1985 - October 1988 - PART TWO - October 1988 – November 1996 - November 1996 - Summer 2010 - Summer 2010 - January 2014

The book can also be found on the Allegany County Historical Society website as well at: