Posted by on January 18, 2017

Congratulations to this years – 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are the following with a brief explanation:

Jessica Schell

Nominated by Dave Skidmore – Jessica Schell changed the mentality and dynamic of the DRFCW.  She lead by example and taught the team and others that the DRFCW was to be taken seriously on and off the pitch.  Jess was a co-captain every year she played and was one of the leaders in two national championships.  She was a big proponent of supporting the club at all levels (except when she dated Goat)  I could go on and on and on about Jess but I would just be preaching to the choir.

Dr. Al McKendrick

Nominated by Tom Budisak and Old Timers Committee – Dr Al, again was there both as a player and financial support. you could always count on Al to help when needed and was there to support some of the rugby families during their time of need. he was a great help when I lost my mother and I know he helped the Ray’s during their time of need. a true humanitarian.

Dr. Al was not a founder, but an influential member who acted as our coach and fitness taskmaster for many seasons.  He offered his home for social functions on many occasions, stitched up many a wound on the sidelines, and was a steady hooker with a bad attitude.


Nominated by Old Timer Committee –

Chip Visci

Chip Visci. Chip played his early Rugby at Ohio State.  After joining the DRFC he was an active participant including activities.  He served as Captain, and other officer positions.  As an editor with the Detroit Free Press he was able to get us a bit of publicity.  A columnist on his staff, Nicki McWirter(sp) wrote a nice article about our being sanctioned by the United Nations for hosting a Club from S. Africa in the early 80’s.

Randal Peart

Also Nominated by Atlee Wampler – Our strongest consensus nominee for the Hall is Randall Pearl.  Randall is one of the original organizers of the DRFC.  He was also our A side fullback for a number of years until a concussion ended his playing days.  Randall was a steady influence from his position, saving us many, many times and coming into the back line as opportunity arose.  He was basically a coach on the pitch and deserving of recognition as a founder, early mentor for many,  and all around ambassador for our club.

One of the DRFC Founders, then a Ford Motor Co. engineer, and one of the very best fullbacks playing union rugby.  Nobody could pinpoint kick for touch and be the never miss last tackler like Randall.  He made the 35th year reunion and brought his son who was then playing for the Washington (D.C.) RFC.

Scott Larry

Scott, has been selected as a Premier DRFC Supporter over 25 years.   Each year he has been there for the rugby club with generous donations, support and helping out the club.

Congratulations to the 2017 Hall of Fame class and we will be celebrating their contributions on January 28, 2017 at the Commonwealth Club – starting at 6:30pm.  Hope to see you many of you there, to celebrate their induction and share some fun stories about these players and others on Saturday 28, 2017.    Tickets can be purchased on the DRFC website –   Please contact me with any questions.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the banquet


Mike Gangler – Hall of fame Chairperson

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