On this latest episode of EXTRAordinary People, we meet Steve Cohen, an expert in the sport of rugby, a game you may not know much about, but one that is fast rising in popularity.
STEVE COHEN has over 50 years involvement in rugby. He has been the catalyst in developing player safety, refereeing, and promoting the game at the grassroots level. USA Rugby Eagle, Steve Hiatt, has said that “No conversation could take place regarding administrators and contributions to American Rugby without Steve’s name being mentioned.” Among his many contributions was pioneering rugby safety by publishing the “Safer Rugby Program” to promote and encourage safe rugby practices. Steve’s work in the USA Rugby Collegiate Committee led to the creation of the Division 2 playoffs. He formed the National Small College Rugby Organization to serve Division 3 which put small colleges on the map and gave them a platform to grow and succeed as well, inspiring coaches and players. NSCRO was rebranded as National Collegiate Rugby in 2020 and now serves more than 700 men’s and women’s college teams. In addition, Steve refereed for nearly 40 years and was a charter member of the USARFU Referees& Laws Committee. Steve supported the growth of women’s rugby as head referee for the first five Women’s National Championships, writing articles for Rugby Magazine and providing training for women referees.
Listen to Steve on my podcast, EXTRAordinary People, beginning Tuesday, April 4 at shirleywachtel.com and streaming.
Until next time,