Don Smith

Don Smith, '76

"Smitty" began playing rugby in 1973, the spring of his freshman year. Played B side fullback in his first season and moved to first side as a sophomore, playing for the A side continuously for the next 3 years until his graduation in 1976. He played, in an era when the collegiate game was growing by leaps and bounds, against such teams as West Point, Georgetown, Holy Cross and Seton Hall. He helped lead FURFC in its memorable upset of Met Union power and future national champion Winged Foot in 1975, in the snow in New York.

Don's blend of athleticism, size, and speed was matched by his desire to learn the game. He began his club career with the Essex RFC in the fall of 1976 and continued to grow as a player, playing alongside Red Ruggers like Colin Kiley, Bob Deerin and Mike Kenefick. He was a key member of the powerful Essex sides in the mid-late 1970s.

Began playing fullback with the Connecticut Yankees in the early 80s to be closer to his work and family. He helped put the Connecticut Yankees on the map with his hard-nosed, skilled play and leadership.

Career highlights include:
  • Honorable Match Secretary, FURFC - 1975
  • Doug Ciacci Most Valuable Player - 1976
  • Original selection, Fairfield University Hall of Honor - 1988