With former Captain Laird Silsby '15.5 electing to study abroad this coming spring, at the culmination of the Fall 2014 15s season the MCRC began the formal process to elect a new captain to work in conjunction with returning Jake Feury ’16.5. The newly elected captain to lead Middlebury Rugby is Kyle Dickey ’17.
Kyle is a sophomore lock from Newton, Massachusetts, who first picked up a rugby ball in the fall of 2013 when he arrived as a first-year at Middlebury College. He ran Varsity Cross Country and played Varsity Baseball at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. While he had no prior rugby experience before attending Middlebury, rugby runs in the family as his father played at the University of Vermont.
Kyle describes his entrance onto the MCRC as an impromptu, yet welcoming experience. “The first week of my freshman fall, I came out to watch a rugby training session and felt extremely welcomed by all the coaches and players I met. Two days later, I played in my first rugby game. Since I made my first tackle, I was hooked. I was able to convince several of my hall mates to join the rugby team and they quickly became my closest friends.”
As a sophomore, Kyle has focused his studies on a major in International Studies, with an emphasis on Latin America, and has boasted Dean’s List Honors every semester of his career. He is also an avid skier and extremely dedicated to the MCRC Strength and Conditioning Plan.
“I love rugby because you don’t need to be the biggest, fastest, or strongest guy on the field to make a significant impact,” says Dickey. “There is nothing better than walking off the field with my MCRC brothers, knowing that we left it all out there.”
Kyle is a true MCRC guy who represents the values the club is trying to project. “I love the MCRC because this club has the unique ability to make every member of the club feel equally valued,” says Dickey. “Whether it is a four-year A-Side starter, or a B-Side freshman, everyone is welcome.”
As far as his future plans as captain, Kyle is excited to for the Spring 7s and Developmental 15s season. Additionally, he is looking forward to building up some momentum for next fall. As captain, Dickey “plans on continuing to foster the club culture both on and off the field and maintain an environment devoted to player development, so that we keep pushing forward as a team and maintain the winning tradition of Middlebury Rugby.”
Congratulations Kyle Dickey ’17, newly elected captain of the MCRC.