Bart Franey

Bart Franey, '67

Bart joined the FURFC in the spring of 1964, part of a group of freshmen and sophomores attracted to the club after its successful inaugural season in the fall of 1963. He was taken by the wide open nonstop nature of the game, being mentored in the backfield by Dan Gatti, Doug Ciacci and Al Sullivan. He scored a try as a winger in his first C game against Brown University in Providence, in March of 1964, and was immediately hooked. Bart was a regular B and sometimes A side player for the next three years, moving into the scrum as a second row forward and #8 beginning in his junior year. A solid player, Bart's greatest contributions came as a teacher of young Red Ruggers coming up and as a leader of a club that was growing incrementally.

Bart served as Match Secretary in 1965-66 and Club President in the 1966-67 season. He was also the general chairman of freshmen orientation in the fall of 1965 for the class of 1969; a position which provided great University contacts & visibility for the emerging FURFC. It was as Club President that Bart "professionalized" the FURFC in its first significant road trip to Penn State University in April '67. Three sides of Red Ruggers, traveling by motor coach for the first time, were undefeated in three matches against a more established team from a major school; a momentous confidence building step forward for a young club.

Bart played rugby after graduation with the University of Albany Medical Center Club and hung up the boots for good in 1971. Years later he returned to Fairfield Rugby as the dynamic and influential leader of the Friends of Fairfield Rugby, one of the most influential athletic fundraising and alumni support organizations on Fairfield's campus today.

Career highlights include:
  • Honorable Match Secretary - 1966
  • 2nd President of the FURFC - 1967
  • Director of Communications and Logistics - 50th Anniversary Celebration, October 5th, 2013
  • President, Friends of Fairfield Rugby - 2013 to the present