Wandering Warrior Team
David "Cal" Colarusso
David Colarusso aka Cal served from 1988 to 2008 with 20 years of combined Active Duty service in the US Army and PA National Guard before being medically retired in 2008. He has been playing Rugby for 30 years across a span of Military, Civilian, and Collegiate Clubs. Cal knows what a difficult transition it can be from military to civilian life, especially after multiple combat deployments and has been working with Operation Stand-down in the middle Tennessee area since moving there in 2013. While there he has seen service members from all branches lose their way as they try to navigate the transition to civilian life. Cal has been using the motto, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” since 2008 to help bring attention to and alleviate the causes of Veterans Homelessness and PTSD.
Alley has been around Rugby for over 23 years. Growing up in Canada, she was afforded a lot more opportunity to play. Participating in U19 Provincials, and Canada, Then playing with University of Washington, and the Seattle Mudhens. After that she joined the military and found herself playing on a men's military team in Alaska. From there Bragg Rugby, and a deluge of teams coast to coast, eventually making the transition into Coaching at Willamette University, and at present with Elon University.
Alley served as a 91W(68W) combat Medic.
Dave was never a member of the armed forces but his father was. He is however a veteran Rugby player. His career started in 1999 with Second City Troop Youth, and he continued on to Drew University. He then journeyed back to Troop Rugby, who merged with Schuylkill Rugby. He's been a coach at the collegiate level for Drew University and Haverford College. He also coaches for youths and acts as a club officer. Dave also founded and coaches the Boys and Girls Club school year program, and summer camp.
Brandon has played Rugby for 10 years, and has been a coach for 1 and a half. His first taste was at Brentwood High school, 5 year consecutive state champs, and they took a run at nationals. He's helped get two new clubs up and running.
Brandon was a Jet Engine Mechanic in the Air Force for 4 years.
Steven, originally from New Jersey, is a 2011 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After graduation he pursued a career in Naval Aviation as an MH-60S pilot in Norfolk, VA, and then as a flight instructor in the T-6B; where he is currently stationed in Pensacola, FL. Steven found Rugby in Norfolk with the Norfolk Blues RFC and never looked back. After transferring to Pensacola he became the head coach of the Pensacola Aviators RFC as well as their team captain. As a 5 year Rugby veteran he currently serves as the captain of the Wandering Warriors men's side, as well as assisting with coaching and lodging considerations for all events.
With over 12 years of Rugby experience, Turtle has been a trailblazer for Women's Rugby. She was an integral part of the inception of the Columbia Bombshells and she has also played a big part in pioneering the growth of Senior Women’s teams within the Carolinas. In early 2018, she formed the Wandering Warriors Rugby Women's Side.
Turtle is an active member of the Rugby community having held club officer positions for over a decade, and she is also a board member for the Carolinas Geographical Rugby Union. She also has her Level I Officiating Certification and is an active member of the Women’s Rugby Coaches & Referees Association (WRCRA).
Eric "Chum" Thompson
Eric Thompson is a recently retired U.S. Army veteran with over 24 years of service. During that time he spent 12 years in the 82nd Airborne Division, 2 years in Germany, and 9 years in Civil Affairs. He has deployed multiple times including rotations in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Bosnia, Jordan, and Qatar.
Eric has been playing Rugby for over 26 years starting his Rugby career with the Peoria Pigs in Peoria,IL. He has played for Frankfurt 1880 in Germany, The Citadel Rugby Club in Amman, Jordan, and has captained, coached, and been the president of the Bragg Rugby Football Club.