Bridgette Closter

Bridgette Closter (Enarson), '07

Bridgette Closter was an early leader of the Fairfield University Women's Rugby Club, serving as a Co-Captain. She was a prime mover in engaging the women's first full-time coach, Ryan Birge and working with him in training and organizing the club. She was one of the most instrumental leaders of the women's program in its first 25 years.

She was a fierce competitor who used her natural athletic ability and leadership skills to excel as the team's scrumhalf. She used her strength and speed to work from the base of the scrum or from breakdowns to break into space and create numerous opportunities for her teammates. Her physical toughness and competitiveness were contagious; during her years as a scrumhalf and Co-Captain, the team grew to a competitive force within the Met New York Union. In her senior year she led the Lady Ruggers to their first trip to the Met Union division playoffs. Though the team came up short in the semis, Bridgette's exceptional playmaking and unrelenting toughness led to her being named MVP/Back for the year.

Bridgette was also responsible for building the team's camaraderie and sense of support for one another. It was that sprit that led to the growth of the women's program on campus and its recognition throughout the New York Met Union. She has continued to support the program after graduation through the Friends of Fairfield Rugby as an advocate for the women's program.

Career highlights include:
  • Instrumental in hiring the first full-time coach for the Women's Program
  • Team Co-Captain and Most Valuable Back - 2007
  • Widely recognized as one of the most influential leaders in Fairfield Women's Rugby's First 25 years.