The Raptor’s own Luke Gross was inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame on July 26, 2019 during a USA Rugby banquet held in the Infinity Park Event Center. Luke has a long relationship with rugby and has earned his spot with 62 US national team caps, three World Cups and 13 years of coaching and mentoring rugby players.
Luke began his rugby career when he was in graduate school at Marshall University where he was a college basketball player. He was recruited by a friend who encouraged him to come out and experience the sport and the
culture of rugby. He was hooked! Luke thought the respect given to referees, and opposing teams was unlike anything he had participated in before.
A number of teams have benefited from Luke’s athleticism as a 6’9” lock including the Cincinnati Wolfhounds, Doncaster Knights, Sheffield Tigers, Rugby Rovigo, Rugby Roma, Newcastle Falcons, and Harlequins.Gross was the all-time US caps leader until his record was broken by Mike MacDonald in 2011.
Gross was recently named defense coach for the Glendale Raptors, Colorado’s only professional major league rugby team. He also serves as Director of Amateur rugby in Glendale and has influenced and coached numerous teams over the past thirteen years.
Luke is most proud of his family and is dad to four children: Logan age 10, Hudson age 8, Eli age 3 and Kellyn age 1.
Linda Cassaday, Deputy City Manager of Glendale remarked “We are so proud to have Luke as a part of our Glendale rugby family, and so happy that Luke has been recognized with this award.”