D1A attracts attention of Eagles coaching staff

D1A Rugby: D1A attracts attention of Eagles coaching staff
Photo Credit: Karen Drinkwater

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Men’s Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell and his staff have drafted the latest Eagles Elite Training Squad (EETS) and Eagles Development Training Group (EDTG), and the list of high performance athletes includes nine players from D1A Rugby.

Men’s Eagles Sevens forward and Colorado State flanker Ben Pinkelman checks-in on the 50-man EETS list, which is entirely made up of players already capped in 15s or sevens – minus two players.

Eight additional D1A players were placed on the EDTG, a group of younger athletes expected to push for placement in future Eagle training squads.

“We are still limited in depth in a couple of key positions, but for the most part competition for spots continues to increase,” Director of Performance Alex Magleby said. “There are a bunch of players just under the EETS that, fairly soon, should be putting pressure on this current group.”

The nine players from D1A appointed to the EETS and EDTG were each recognized as Collegiate All-Americans during the 2015-16 season, except for Lorenzo Thomas. The twice-capped center missed a large portion of Lindenwood’s season due to time spent training with the Eagles and Junior All-Americans, as well as a knee injury.


Eagles Elite Training Squad

Ben Pinkelman – Colorado State

Eagles Development Training Group

Malon Al-Jiboori – Lindenwood
Dylan Audsley – Saint Mary’s
Peter Malcolm – Wheeling Jesuit
Alex Maughan – Life
Cody Melphy – Life
Deion Mikesell – Lindenwood
Lorenzo Thomas – Lindenwood
Dino Waldren – Saint Mary’s