In the late 1970’s, a group of University of Tennessee alumni decided to branch out from the collegiate team and form Knoxville’s first city men’s club. In the spring of 1979, player Bobby Hampstead contacted the Chicago Lions—one of the top teams in the eastern United States—to ask for guidance and help setting up a new club. David Hall, the president at the time, responded with letters, posters, bylaws, and a surplus of advice, all Bobby needed to get the ball rolling; and on first Saturday in January of 1980 a meeting was held to finalize the details. Borrowing the design from the letterhead of the Chicago Lion’s stationary, the Running Possum logo was created, jerseys were embroidered and the Possums were born.
The Knoxville Rugby Football Club has been a stand alone 501(c)3 Sports Corporation in Knoxville for over 35 years. They have their own playing field & park in the Carter community and have worked to establish and support High School Rugby in the area, with many of their current players serving as coaches. In addition to promoting rugby in Knoxville, the Club has worked directly with the Angel Tree, the Dream Connection, the Boys & Girls Club, Rev 3 and supported various other Charities. In the summer of 2016, and in partnership with the Smoky Mountain Athletic Club (SMAC) Rugby, KRFC began Tennessee’s first ever Rookie Rugby program, welcoming boys and girls of all ages to learn the sport through USA sectioned flag rugby.
Knoxville Rugby Club and its members continue to have a strong commitment to community involvement and support.
President: Bobby Hampstead
Vice President of Operation: Brad Colson
Vice President of Finance: Marty Bradley
Vice President of Playing: Matt Noss
Vice President of Communications: Brad Lokitz
Vice President of Alumni and Development: Ryan Miller
Captain: Dan Ampthor
Co-Captain: Chris Agnew
Team Treasurer: Rob Ellis
Team Social Chair: Breck Bowlin
Match Secretary: Connor Marc-Aurele