National Collegiate Rugby has tabbed Pat Clifton as 7s Commissioner. He will be charged with overseeing NCR’s various 7s championships.
Clifton comes to NCR having spent a decade with United World Sports, the owner and operator of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. He also brings more than a dozen years of administrative experience in grassroots rugby, including founding the Gateway Collegiate Rugby Conference, and running numerous 7s events and competitions, such as the Heart of America Classic, Fountain City 7s and Midnight Madness Indoor 7s.
“College rugby, and in particular 7s, is very near and dear to my heart. It’s a space in which I’ve spent a lot of time and energy, and I’m incredibly grateful to NCR for the opportunity to get back into it,” said Clifton.
Pat is also a certified and active referee and coach, serving as the director of rugby for the Kansas City Rugby Football Club, which recently founded the first girls high school program in the state of Kansas.
“I’ve always been impressed with Pat Clifton’s passion for the college game, leadership and his ability to get the job done. I’m extremely excited to get to work with Pat on building the best sevens events in collegiate rugby.” NCR chief executive officer Jeremy Treece said.
“NCR is leading from the front in a dynamic landscape. They’re blazing a trail. I’ve been very fortunate to work on trailblazing teams in this space before, and I’m excited to join another. NCR is the future of college rugby in America, and I will contribute whatever I can to making it a bright one. I aim to do so by prioritizing the player experience and working backwards from there.”