John Decker has been involved with the sport of rugby since 1965 – 55 years and counting.
He first took the field with the Washington Rugby Football Club in 1965. He remained with Washington until 1969 when he went north and played for another Eastern powerhouse, the Old Blue Rugby Football Club in New York City. He spent two years with Old Blue before rejoining Washington.
Decker captained the Washington side on the pitch and later served as President of the club. While with Washington he played for the Potomac Rugby Union select side and while at Old Blue played for the Metropolitan New York Union select side.
In 1976 Decker headed west joining the Boulder Rugby Club. He ended his playing career with Old Blue, retiring from the playing field in 1979 following Old Blue’s run for the 1979 National Championship at USA Rugby’s inaugural Final Four held in Kansas City.
Decker has been involved with the USRF since 1989. He’s been a Trustee since 1992 and also served as Chairman of the Board from 1999-2004. In July 2019 Decker was inducted into the United States Rugby Hall of Fame.
Decker received a BS in Physics from Siena College; an MS in Space Physics from Catholic University; and, an MBA from Columbia University.
He retired from IBM in 1995 after 30 years with them; and, since 1992 was with Lexmark International where he served as Director of Business Development until his retirement in 2013. He has been married to Francesca since 1979 and they have two grown children and three young grandchildren. They reside in Santa Fe, NM. When not visiting grandchildren, Mr. Decker spends his free time in the outdoors – golfing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking and fly-fishing – and enjoys a good bottle of wine.