Ed Schram Sr.
2017 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee
San Diego, CA (March 28, 2017) - Ed Schram was born Thanksgiving Day in 1941 in
Manilla, Iowa to Charles and Loretta Schram. He was first introduced to the
sport of rugby in 1966 at Harvard Business School by two classmates, who were
members of the Harvard Business School team. Schram was hooked and joined the
team at the next practice and by the end of the fall season, he had earned his
spot on the wing with the Harvard Business School Rugby Football Club 1st XV. Near the end of the 1966 season, Ed was named to a New England Collegiate Select
Side that played and defeated the touring English side Rosslyn Park.
Upon graduation, Schram and his family moved
back to their home state of Iowa, where he was surprised to learn that a rugby
team had been started. The Des Moines RFC consisted of approximately 25 players
and an experienced rugby coach, an Irishman, Dr. David Robinson, a professor at
Drake University. Much to Schram’s surprise, the team was in the process of
electing its club president. Ed ran for the position, was elected and assumed that role until
1984, when the Schram family moved to Santa Barbara, California.
As president of DMRFC in 1980, Schram purchased
a small farmstead in West Des Moines and set out to build a rugby facility. The
club raised $25,000 in cash and $25,000 in gratis labor in materials toward the
facility. The facility yielded two regulation rugby fields, a practice field,
public viewing areas, restrooms, locker rooms, and a large display of wall-hung
framed International rugby jerseys. The addition of the facility aided the club
in recruiting such players like Eagle Tom Altemeier, WRFU player Vic Clark, and
Iowa State RFU player David Wilson.
Schram was heavily involved in the rugby
community, serving as co-captain and assistant coach for the Western RFU
1982-1984 and later co-captaining the Mustangs in the National Trials. In 1985,
Schram was the acting team manager and took a USA development team to New
Zealand. From 1986-1991, he was appointed Chairman of the National Team
Selectors Selection Committee. Most notably, he was appointed National Team
Manager in 1988 and USARFU Rugby World Cup Team Manager to England in 1991.
As National Team Manager during a span of five
years, Schram managed 33 U.S. International Test Matches. He managed USA
National Teams that would travel to all of the world’s rugby playing continents,
with the exception of Africa. Schram was an original member of the USARFU
National Technical Panel and the National Coaching and Team Development
Committee, contributing to the selection and coaching of both the Territorial
and National Representative teams and their coaches. Ed’s legacy lives on
through the continued success of the U.S. Men’s Eagles. Ed’s son, Ed Schram Jr., made his Eagles debut in 1993 and went on to earn 7 caps.