Former United States National Team captain Brian Vizard took over the role of President of the Foundation in July, 2004. He handles all of the day to day operations of the Foundation, including financial reporting, website content and database management. In addition, Vizard works closely with the various Foundation Committees.
Vizard began playing rugby in 1978 with the Grand Rapids Gazelles Rugby Club. In 1986, he made his first of 22 appearances for the United States National Team. He also made his debut for the United States National Sevens Team of which he went on to appear in 21 international sevens matches.
In 1990, Vizard was named captain of the United States National Team. He captained the National Team in eight internationals and on tours to Australia, Japan and the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England. He retired from full international play following the 1991 World Cup. His last sevens international appearance was at the 1993 Sevens Rugby World Cup.
Vizard retired from club rugby at OMBAC in 1995 at the age of 36. During his 11 years with OMBAC the club won National Club Championship titles in 1988, ’89, ’91, ’93 and ’94, and National Sevens Championships in 1985 and 1995.In addition to his responsibilities with the Foundation, Vizard is a frequent rugby color commentator for television and streaming broadcasts.
Prior to joining the US Rugby Foundation, he served as Executive Director of the Rugby Super League from 1996-1999. He also served on the United States of America Rugby Football Union’s Board of Directors from 1996-1998. He is married to Kathleen and has a daughter, Ashley, and two grandchildren, Mia and Malakai.