I thought you were Olympia Rugby? Why the name change?

Well, it really all goes back to the launch of our U-19 team, the Capital Cougars.

In 2000, Mr. Matt Hudson approached his teammates of the Olympia Rugby Club and stated he wanted to start a U-19 team. The club was more then happy to help. Matt decided to call the team the Capital Cougars, the team name of his high school, Capital High School in Olympia. We would rather it be Olympia U-19, but hey, this was Matt's baby. We agreed, and the Capital Cougars Rugby Club was born.

We assumed that our U-19 team, much like all other teams, would struggle to get going, and to gain members. That was until Mr. Pete Sullivan agreed to coach the side. The numbers grew quickly thanks to great recruiting by Matt, and the town being blanketed with announcements by the Men's Side. We soon had kids from all of the city's high schools, as well as a few from Shelton.

It became an issue almost immediately. Kids from other high schools did not want to play for a rival school's team, even though there was no affiliation with the school.

So a few members of the Men's side sat down to address this issue. We quickly realized that changing the U-19's side to Olympia Rugby U-19 was not a great solution since there is an Olympia High School, and we would be facing the same problem. We brainstormed. It was tough and painful, but we did it.

And so, Budd Bay RFC was born, named after the stretch of Puget Sound that flows into Olympia.

A Little Club History

It all started during the fall of 1997, when a bunch of us started showing up at rugby practice at The Evergreen State College. Some of us were much older than the students, but that didn't seem to matter - we were playing rugby.

As we practiced and played with the "Greeners," a few more experienced players came out, and pretty soon we thought about forming a club free of the administrative bonds of the school. Under the tutelage of Evergreen coach Trevor Anderson, the Olympia Rugby Club was unofficially born.

Our first foray into playing as a club came at various seven-a-side tournaments during the summer. Playing some of the top clubs in the Pacific Northwest, we learned a lot about teamwork and our opponents, while finishing 4-10 in four events.

We entered the schedule for the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union Div. II 1998/1999 season with four other clubs, and we were in business.

What about the women?

In 2002 a U-19 girls team was founded and led by by Alex Goff, a highly regarded rugby analyst. The Steelheads have grown over the years into a nationally ranked force. They have, in the past, been ranked as high as 6th in the nation, and in 2006 the Steelheads and the Barbarians sported the highest combined national ranking of any U19 rugby program with both a boys and a girls team. No other program had two teams ranked in the top 16 in the nation.

Starting out at The Evergreen State College, Budd Bay's women's team has had a rich history. In 1999, Coach Trevor Anderson fielded a fresh, inexperienced yet driven side of women to launch the first women's team - the Evergreen Hellkatz. As their team became more regional, recruiting women from Tacoma, Chehalis and Seattle, the Evergreen team consolidated their competitive efforts as the Budd Bay Women's team in 2002.

In 2009 the Bandits joined the DI league, and a year later they were instrumental in creating the first DII league in the Pacific Northwest (which they proceeded to win!).

Budd Bay RFC gives back!

As a charitable organization, Budd Bay RFC prides itself on its community partnerships and continuing to advance youth rugby through various clinics and camps.

Organizations where Budd Bay Rugby has volunteered time to teach touch rugby: Boys & Girls Club, Girls Scouts of America, City of Olympia YMCA, Briggs Community YMCA, Summer and Winter Sports Camps VAC, Roosevelt Elementary School, City of Lacey

Other Community Activities: Adopt-a-Highway Program, Campaigning for City of Lacey Parks Funding and Initiatives, Friends of the Olympia Library, Thurston County Food Bank, Community Youth Services and provide donations and other support to the Hurricane Katrina and Haiti relief efforts.

See more on our page dedicated to Giving Back!

A Brief Overview

Budd Bay Buffaloes - Men's Club, Division III

Established 1998

Normal playing membership: 25 players

Nationally ranked - 2009 (14th), 2010 (11th)

Pacific Northwest Division III Champions - 2009, 2010, 2011

Budd Bay Bandits - Women's Club, Division II

Established 2004

Normal playing membership: 20 players.

Nationally ranked - 2010 (8th)

Pacific Norhtwest Division II Champions - 2010

Budd Bay Barbarians - Boys U19, U16 and U14

Established 2000

Normal playing membership: 40 players

Four members selected to USA U19 team

One former member selected to the USA National team (USA Eagles)

Nationally ranked - 2000 (13th), 2001 (5th), 2005 (15th), 2006 (7th)

U19 PNW Championship appearance - 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

U19 Pacific Northwest Division Champions - 2001, 2006, 2007

U17 Pacific Northwest Division Champions - 2009

Washington State Champions - 2011

Budd Bay Steelheads - Girls U19

Established 2002

Normal playing membership: 25 players

Four members selected to USA U19 team

Nationally ranked - 2004 (7th), 2006 (6th)

PNW semifinals or better - 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010

Pacific Coast Invitational Tournament Champions - 2010

Players of Note:

Scott LaValla - USA Eagles, Men's National Team
Skylar Pond, Pacific Coast Grizzlies men's senior all-star team
Megan Sanders, Pacific Coast Grizzlies women's senior all-star team
Trevor Anderson, Pacific Northwest Loggers men's senior all-star team

Jeff Macke, USA U19 boys 2001-2002
David Soles, USA U19 boys (2002)
Gavin Secker, USA U19 boys (2004-2005)
Eddie Haigh, USA All American national collegiate team (2005)
Scott Lavalla, USA U19 boys (2005, 2006, captain), USA U20 (captain, 2007), USA Eagles (2011-Current)
Kevin Erskine, USA U19 (2006), USA U20 (2007)
Taylor Briscoe, USA U17 (2008)

Maggie Nelson, USA U19 girls (2003-2004, later captain of MIT)
Megan Thompson, USA U19s girls (2003-2006, vice captain)
Sonya Cifuentes-Hiss, USA U19 girls (2004)
Mitra Akhavan, USA U19 girls (2006)

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