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Oklahoma has announced Doug Neubauer as its new head coach. An All-American for the Sooners in the '80s, Neubauer cut his coaching teeth with many clubs, but most notably the Dallas Reds, Alliance high school program and several collegiate select sides.
“We are very excited to have Doug return to Oklahoma Rugby. Coach Neubauer's focus is on the continued development of the elite rugby program at OU," said the club's faculty sponsor, Alan Velie.
"Doug was OU’s first three-time All-American and played in the All-American’s first international match since winning the Gold Medal in 1924 Olympic Games. We were very proud when Doug received notoriety from Rugby Magazine as delivering the biggest hit of match in the US' 38-0 victory over Holland in 1987.”
Neubauer came to rugby from the Sooners wrestling team, and he's been a servant of the game ever since. He will be joined by a staff of three. John Lynd, also an Oklahoma All American, will coach the forwards. He's recently served as the forwards coach for the Allen high school program in Texas. Jake Mizell, an honorable mention All-American prop for Arkansas State, played for Neubauer at Alliance, and he'll relocate to Norman to help with recruiting. Michael Black will stay on to coach the backs.
Oklahoma will participate in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup in the spring as planned, and the Sooners are headed to Las Vegas to try and win their way into the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in February.