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Nazareth Names New Rugby Coach for Inaugural 2019 Season

Published July 30, 2018

Taye Daniel-Ayibiowu, a youth coach at Play Rugby USA in Manhattan, has been named head coach of Nazareth College's men's club rugby team that will begin competing in the fall of 2019.

Daniel-Ayibiowu has worked with Play Rugby USA since 2013, most recently as the Under-19 Academy head coach. He has also served as a Youth Development Mentor and a Rugby Instructor. He coached the boys Under-19 squad to a state championship in 2017.

A graduate of St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., Daniel-Ayibiowu has considerable experience as a youth mentor. His professional experience includes work as a senior counselor at Mosholu Day Camp in the Bronx and as an academic advisor at Schwartz's Program in Manhattan. He worked for three years as head coach of the boys and girls rugby programs at James Monroe High School.

As a rugby player, Daniel-Ayibiowu was a standout for St. Bonaventure's club team from 2009 through 2012. He continues to play for the New York Old Blue Premier Rugby Football Club.

"Taye's passion and enthusiasm for rugby are easy to see," said Nazareth Athletic Director Pete Bothner. "We believe that his energy can help make club rugby a popular option for our students at Nazareth."
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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.