Bryan Acciani has been involved in rugby for most of his life as a player, coach, and administrator for multiple New Jersey rugby clubs. Acciani played, coached, and served as president during his tenure at Rutgers University. After playing with RU, Acciani joined the Princeton Athletic Club (PAC) Men's Rugby team, also located in Middlesex County a short drive from the Rutgers - New Brunswick campus.
But now Acciani is embracing a whole new part of his rugby career that was, admittedly, a little unexpected: in late 2020 he was named the Sevens Director of the Empire GU RFU, a rugby union of more than 100 teams that stretches across New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
Rugby is traditionally not a prominent sport in the U.S., and yet there is a rich fabric of programs aimed at growing the sport throughout New Jersey and beyond. PAC Rugby is proud to have one of its very own – Rich Beck – working to bring opportunities to play and learn rugby in central Jersey to young people of all ages.
It all started when Beck founded Princeton Athletic Club (PAC) Rugby's U-19 team. In its first year, the squad consisted of just six dedicated players, hardly enough to field a full side but brimming with the enthusiasm needed to launch a program to success. Over the next six years the team would grow, merging with a rugby program in Hillsboro. The team collected a D2 state championship and secured a berth in the D1 state championship against the dominant Union County Mudturtles along the way, all the while instilling a passion for youth rugby in Beck.
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