Peggy Quinn

Pegeen "Peggy" Quinn, '95
Founder of Women's Rugby

While studying in Galway, Ireland her junior year, Pegeen "Peggy" Quinn, '95 played with a newly-formed women's rugby club, coached by the men's club. When she returned to Fairfield, she told her friends Brian McCloskey, '95, Andrew Knauf, '95 and Christopher Knauf, '95, all active members of the Fairfield Men's Rugby Club, about her experience. They encouraged her to start a club at Fairfield, offering to coach and to share their equipment. Somehow word spread quickly and various women approached Pegeen on campus to inform her of their interest in playing.

Peggy spoke with the Student Affairs Office, filled out the paperwork, acquired a faculty sponsor, and the Fairfield Women's Rugby Club was official. There was no funding, but there were 25 women eager to play.

Practices began on the field behind Fairfield Prep. The coaches were patient with the team of very green players. Peggy, 6'1" and athletic, continued playing the position she had played in Ireland - Number 8. Unfortunately, at only the third practice, she fractured a rib while making a tackle, ending her season. But the team continued working hard and held its first official scrimmage at home against Sacred Heart on April 7, 1995. Although Peggy was not able to participate on the field for very long, she was pleased to graduate knowing that she had contributed to a milestone moment in Fairfield Rugby history. Pegeen "Peggy" Quinn is recognized by the women who came after her as the "Founder of Fairfield Women's Rugby."