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The Full Story

Lander University is a public university in Greenwood, South Carolina. It is the state's second-smallest publicly funded baccalaureate institution.

Quick Facts



Year Established

Club - 2002; School - 1872

Head Coach

Buck Billings

Assistant Coach 

Ken Pape - Forwards and Defense

Lander rugby was founded as a club in the Fall of 2002 by biology professor Timothy "TD" Maze. Coach Maze led the program from it's founding till the transition of the club to an official sports team of Lander University in June of 2019. Lander University hired Buck Billings as the first full time rugby coach as the program moved under the leadership of the athletic's department.

Notable Achievements

Fall 2019 SRC 15's Champions - NSCRO Division Spring 2021 Collegiate Rugby Championships 13th place finish (3-2 record)

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All Lander graduates are educated, well rounded and prepared to continue their education or launch their careers.




Lander University offers high-demand and market-driven programs to ambitious and talented students in South Carolina and beyond.  These programs are delivered in a rich liberal arts environment to produce highly qualified and marketable graduates.

Statement of Student Experience

At Lander University, students enjoy a comprehensive, transformative and experiential learning process that provides a broad and thorough knowledge, fostering:

  • Creativity, scholarship and independent thinking

  • Effective communication, innovative problem-solving and analytical reasoning skills

  • High ethical standards and professionalism

  • Values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect for all people, cultures, and perspectives

  • Community engagement, service to others and responsible citizenship

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