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Dr. Gregory Jones Presented President's Medal

April 22, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. Gregory A. Jones, head coach, Kutztown University men's rugby club, was presented the Kutztown University President's Medal on Friday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in the President's Residence.

Jones is in his 31st season as head coach of the men's rugby team at KU, a volunteer position.  Born in Shamokin, Pa., Jones' father used to take him to watch rugby matches between the local mining companies. As a student at East Stroudsburg University, he worked toward a degree in physical education and was a member of its Division I wrestling team.  A career-ending injury led him to follow his father's footsteps into the family business. He enrolled in classes at Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, served a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps. and completed his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1975.  He also enjoyed an 18-year career playing rugby, which culminated with recognition as one of the Top 100 rugby players in America in 1979 and 1980.

Since Jones became head coach at KU in 1986 the club has enjoyed much success both on the field and in the classroom.  He has recruited some of the most academically prepared and athletically focused young men from around the world. His teams have garnered 60 semesters of winning seasons, perennial D1A Top 10 national rankings, two trips to the Collegiate Rugby Championship finals, one USA 7s Eagle selection, and most recently one USA Eagles 2015 World Cup team member. His motto, "The Secret to Success: Go to Work Every Day," is rooted in the work ethic that is instilled as an expectation from day one of a student's Kutztown rugby experience, and has served more than 1,100 alumni who he has coached and mentored.

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