Brian Vizard began playing rugby in 1978 with the Grand Rapids Gazelles Rugby Club. He played with the Gazelles for four years before attending Michigan State University for a year, playing with the MSU Rugby Club. He rejoined the Gazelles for the 1983 season. While playing rugby in Michigan, Vizard appeared for the Michigan Select Side on numerous occasions and was also a member of the Midwest Developmental Side in 1983.
In 1984, Vizard moved to California where he joined the Monterey Rugby Club. In that same year, he represented the Northern California Junior Pelicans and Pacific Coast Junior Grizzlies All-Star teams. In 1985, he traveled south to San Diego joining the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) rugby team. In his first year, he helped lead OMBAC to the first-ever United States National Sevens Club Championship while also making the United States Junior National Team, the Pacific Coast Grizzlies, and Southern California Griffins All-Star teams.
In 1986, Vizard 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. Vizard continued his duties with OMBAC while also making repeated appearances for the Pacific Coast and Southern California All-Star teams.
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. Vizard retired from full international play following the 1991 World Cup. After a six-year absence from the United States National Sevens Team, Vizard successfully came back to secure a spot on the 1993 United States National Sevens Team World Cup squad which toured Fiji, Australia, Hong Kong, and Scotland. Vizard’s 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. Vizard retired as one of the most accomplished players in the history of the United States Rugby Football Union having played in three Rugby World Cups; representing the United States in 22 full internationals and 21 sevens internationals; participating in 15 representative tours abroad, and playing on seven National Club Championship teams with OMBAC.
Although retired from the playing field, Vizard continues to be involved with the sport. For the past 17 years, Vizard has been the President of the United States Rugby Foundation, a non-profit 501 c 3 charitable organization, providing support to youth and high school rugby throughout the United States.
In the 25 years as a rugby broadcaster, Vizard has been the on-air talent for over 1,000 rugby television broadcasts, appearing on Fox Sports 1, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, FOX, FOX Soccer Channel, FOX Soccer Plus, all FOX Regional Affiliates, Versus, Oxygen, and Prime Ticket.
He was the Executive Director of USA Premier Rugby, Inc., owners and operators of the USA Rugby Super League, from 1996-1999. He served on the United States of America Rugby Football Union’s Board of Directors from 1996-1998.
Vizard received the Craig Sweeney Award in 2014, awarded to past capped US Eagles who have given back to the sport. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids (MI) Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, the US Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016, and the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Vizard and his wife, Kathleen, enjoy spending their free time with their daughter, Ashley, and grandchildren Mia and Malakai. He continues to live in the San Diego area.