Tacoma Rugby Club

Men's Rugby, Women's Rugby, Youth Rugby

The Nomad Basics

The First Players
TNRFC Active Roster - (January-May 1974) Ed Winskill (Co-Founder, 1974 President/Captain), Jeff Carlson (Co-Founder), Dave Olsen, Sam Nikaloa, Bob Pearson, Dave Rowan, Rick Baird, Tony Weeks, Jack Montgomery, Steve Whitehouse, Terry McDonough, Paul Hersch, Bob Nelson, Roy Scholvinck (Coach/Co-Captain), Ed Viramontes, Frank Johnson, Kevin, Doug Scott, Bud Hoff, John Kucher, Steve Daniels, Bob Buttorff, Frank Washburn, Fred Fry.
Inactive Roster- Bob Swarz (Co-Founder), George Madsen (Treasurer) (injured in the first game), Bruce Brinton, Chuck Bingham, Gary Salter, Tom Kennedy.
The very 1st selections were listed out on a piece of a cardboard box.

The Name -Tacoma Nomad Rugby Football
During a meeting after practice at the Brick Tavern in Ruston, many names were proposed, including, “Aroma Football Club” and “Commencement Bay Football Club.” Doug Pedersen repeatedly moved for “Tacoma Screw Products.” It was Andy Smith who supplied the winning moniker. The Nomads are named after the Stroud Nomads of Glouchestershire, England. (Andy had lived 13 miles from Stroud and his roommate at the time was a frequent visitor of the Stroud Rugby Club.)

The Uniforms  - Black & Gold
When Ed Winskill fired the boys up the original colors were maroon and navy(Willamette University, Ed’s alma mater, wore maroon and navy-that way he already had a jersey.) The colors would end up changing to black and gold when Ed brought the club back to active existence. (The boys were all Pacific University Lutes, whose colors were, you guessed it, black and gold.) The second-generation jerseys were black with a 6″ gold middle stripe. The black shoulders on the jerseys tended to overheat during summer play so when it came time to order new jerseys, Doug Pedersen suggested gold shoulders fading into a black bottom. The Executive Committee approved this. Doug then sketched up the design and sent it to Rugby Imports who produced the “nine stripe fading bumblebee.” The colors remain a vibrant black and gold (in a variety of juxtapositions) today. FYI: Our youth team, The Tsunami’s, added navy blue and lots of white to the Naddy colors.

The Origin of the Shield
Steve Page did the original artwork for the club shield in 1979?? Jim Magouryk took it to Korea and had them stitched in a sweatshop. “The first batch came back…. and they were almost all different.” said Steve. A couple of them read: SNOMADS RFC With a few minor alterations, this same crest continues to be the patch that dons all Nomad wear today. The crest symbolization goes something like this: The belching smokestack and the Tacoma Dome contrasts Tacoma’s dark polluted past with it’s bright future. Mount Rainier represents the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The beer mug indicates the merriment, cheer, and hospitality present in all Nomad ruggers. The rugby ball symbolizes the team’s love for rugby and their competitive spirit. Pepe Le Pew and his tucker bag reminds us of the many Nomad members we have seen come and go throughout the years, and of course, is our team mascot.

Pepe le Pew
The skunk made his debut in 1977 with the addition of ‘Aroma’ to the Summer Sevens tournament title. Doug and Steve plastered Pepe on the t-shirt and Magouryk went on to market it heavily. He looked good on patches, t-shirts and other sellable paraphernalia so we kept him. The Tournaments’ name, Aroma, may have come from the Gonzaga tournament-they always refereed to us as the Aroma from Tacoma. Although, they might have been referring to the distinctive stink which emanates from any one of Tacoma’s community enhancements; the pulp mill, a smelter, meat packing facility and gas works, among other environmental nuisances situated on Tacoma’s docks.

The Union
In the beginning… Tacoma played under the Fraiser Valley Rugby Football Union…. then as a member of the Western Washington RFU. The WWRU and various clubs then formed our own union because Fraiser Valley wouldn’t let us play in their league. We formed two halves of the PNW. It was later reincorporated as the Washington State RFU and the Oregon RFU for the Northwest (now known as the Pacific Northwest) both of which now fall under the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU).

501 (c) 3 Status
The Club applied for non-profit status in 1992. After months of grueling research and governmental red tape, resident lawyers Derek Mann and Andrew Hay managed to acquire our tax-exempt, non-profit501(c) 3 status. The IRS approved an advanced ruling of our new found status as of April 23, 1993. Derek amended the on-file Articles of Incorporation dated Sept 9, 1982 for the TNRFC into a fine working document. Andy prepared the actual application and obtained a favorable advance ruling for the club. In order to meet the standards of a non-profit organization, it is necessary to state our activities. Briefly, those non-profit activities include fostering national and international competition. As a non-profit organization, we are entitled to raise funds, solicit donations and collect dues and tournament fees. By the time the advance ruling period (probation) ended in April of 97, we hoped to achieve these goals: fund raising to support training of rugby athletes, to send the club to qualifying tournaments leading to national championships, and to develop youth/high school rugby; acquire property so suitable facilities can be developed to foster rugby training and competition; and secure a permanent favorable determination to continue as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. We were on probation for three years and in 1997 received the full and official status and realized our goals. It has been (and still is) diligently upheld by our resident bean counter Ken Samuel.

The Tacoma Nomad Rugby Review (T.N.R.R.)
During her run as Club Secretary, Maureen McHugh created (and continues to do so) the Tacoma Nomads Rugby Review (T.N.R.R.) in order to bring about a more cohesive team spirit. The first issue of the T.N.R.R. was mailed out in 1992. It began with a 4 page spread and has grown into an unprecedented 16 pages packed full of Nomad game highlights, club news, social news, events, photos, sports nutrition, alumni updates, player profiles, classifieds, current laws, treasurer’s reports… and plenty of humour. We believe it to be the largest and most dynamic newsletter in the PNW if not the states, or anywhere. The T.N.R.R. is mailed on a quarterly basis to a growing number of fans and can be obtained by subscription (in the guise of a Contributing Membership) for 25 dollars a year. It will soon be part of our website www.tacomarugby.com