USA Rugby Selects Dan Payne as New CEO!

Former Eagle and Athletics Director for Life University to lead national governing body of Rugby Union

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby today announced the hiring of Dan Payne as its new Chief Executive Officer. Payne, 43, most recently served as the Athletics Director for rugby powerhouse Life University, where he added 10 varsity sports programs and spurred a growth to over 300 student athletes. In 2009, Payne joined Life University as Director of Rugby and reintroduced their Men’s and Women’s undergraduate programs as varsity sports. Payne has seen both programs win a total of seven National Championships in both 15s and 7s.

“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dan Payne as the new CEO of USA Rugby,” said USA Rugby Chairman of the Board Bob Latham. “Dan brings an attractive range of experience and skills to the position. He has experience in many levels of the game as a national team player and coach, as a university coach and now athletic director, and as a club player and administrator.

“He has built and managed programs in multiple sports at Life University, both for men and women. He is a well-known and respected member of the USA Rugby family, and we look forward to his leadership.”