Haley Andreasen describes the rugby pitch as her second home; a place where all insecurities can be lost, and a family of teammates always there to support you.
“For me, rugby is so much more than just a game, it’s my family, my goals, and my future. It has allowed me to push myself to constantly be better, not for me but for the player running with me, supporting me,” said Andreasen.
After years of watching her brother play rugby, she decided to give it a shot in the seventh grade. Nervous and unsure of her decision, Haley was immediately welcomed with open arms to the pitch and never looked back. In 2014, Haley began to attend various rugby camps and clinics in the region. From there, she would play with various clubs like Knightmare Rugby, Hopkins Rugby and the Minnesota Selects. She was a member of a four-time state champion 7s team and a three-time state champion 15s team.
Off the pitch, Haley was involved in a variety of community service initiatives: serving on mission trips to New Orleans, Colorado, and Atlanta; volunteering at church fundraisers; working as a confirmation guide, a vacation bible school and Sunday school teacher; and volunteering as a coach for youth rugby camps. She was also a multi-sport athlete at Delano High School, playing on the basketball, soccer, cross country, and strength and conditioning teams.
Her natural athleticism and commitment to developing her rugby prowess has granted her a spot to play at the next level with West Chester University Rugby. Haley’s main goal is to always support her team efficiently and make a positive difference in each game. So far, her goals are translating well in her new role at West Chester.
“Haley has only been with us for one semester, but I consider her one of the important pieces of our team’s future. She is dominant in the lineup, she is very fit, has a great work-rate around the field, and she is a strong runner and hard to tackle,” said Tony DeRemer, West Chester University Rugby Head Coach.
At West Chester, she will major in social work with a hope of one day working within an urban environment helping children. She would like to eventually incorporate her passion for rugby into her career and promote the game to the children she meets along the way.