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For almost over forty-years of dedicated service to the growth of rugby at his alma mater, Jay Fluck was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame. Few people in the annals of American rugby have maintained such a long and outstanding university commitment.
Fluck, Class of ’65, discovered the game under the tutelage of the legendary Dave Zucconi, one of the founders in 1960 of the Brown RFU. Fluck played for the Bruins up to 1970 during the hey-dey of the club’s college dominance, leading the team to a 118-49-5 record as the starting winger.
In 1970, he and four other Brown alumni founded the Providence RFC. In 1980, he returned to Brown as its coach, eventually, staying to 2009, almost thirty-years of service. His remarkable record was 315-230-12, during a total of more than 550 games. In his tenure, Brown won eight Ivy League tiles, and the New York 7s event in 1984.
Fluck became Director of Brown Rugby in 2009, having spearheaded the drive for funds for a field devoted to the sport. An additional highlight was his work organizing the Brown RFC 50th Anniversary celebration in 2010, which brought back hundreds of alumni.
His efforts, which continue to this day, are tireless, and ongoing duties include raising club monies, and, importantly, writing the weekly match reports.
To honor his passion, rugby alumni raised $1.5 million to endow the Jay Fluck Brown Rugby Head Coach chair. Congratulations, Jay.