Eagle Alumni Spotlight: Kittery Wagner Ruiz

She went to two Women's Rugby World Cups as a member of the 2010 and 2014 USA Women's National Team. Now, Kittery Wagner Ruiz is a world-class coach and works with The Rugger's Edge to help aspiring collegiate student-athletes reach their goals. Learn more about her rugby career and experiences.

Meet Kitt Ruiz!

USA Rugby Trust: When and where did you play rugby?
Kitt Ruiz: I played rugby from 1997 to 1999 at Colorado State University. Then I played with Morris Women's Rugby, St. Lawrence University Women's Rugby, Beantown RFC and Glendale Women's Rugby.

USART: When did you start playing with the Eagles?
KR: I played with the Eagles 7s from 2007 to 2009 where I was on the 2009 World Cup practice squad. I also played XVs from 2006 to 2014 and went to the 2010 and 2014 World Cup.

USART: What is your favorite rugby memory?
KR: I've had many great memories, but the top has to be the 2012 Italy/France USA tour. The whole thing was amazing, but if I had to narrow it down, I'd say it was getting to take a quick tap penalty with a quick offload to Stacey Bridges who scored the try!

USART: Where are you now?
KR: That's a great question! I finished out the fall WPL season in Denver coaching the Glendale Merlins. Currently, my home is in Virginia, but I'll be living in Atlanta to help coach Life University for the next month. From there, my wife and I will be moving to Florida until she finishes flight school. I'm also working for The Rugger's Edge, which is a college advising company.

USART: What do you believe is the most important factor in growing rugby in the U.S.?

KR: I believe that in order to grow rugby in this country, we need to help youth, high school and college coaches to grow and develop. Most of these folks are donating their time with little or no monetary compensation, therefore we need to provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. Their players are the future of American rugby and we need to support these coaches the best that we can with coach education and opportunities to shadow established coaches.