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2018-08-08 / Sports

Astridge joins ranks of Ken East Hall of Fame

Ron Astridge Ron Astridge Ron Astridge was a two-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, graduating in 1965. As both a football and baseball player, he demonstrated athleticism, toughness and the virtues of hard work. A member of the National Honor Society, Astridge went on to letter in football at Rutgers University. He is part of the Kenmore East High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

He found a passion while at Rutgers: the sport of rugby. From those first days competing for the Scarlet Knights, Astridge began chasing a love of playing, coaching, founding clubs, spreading the love for the sport and performing administrative duties.

He was the co-founder of the Rugby Club at Canisius College in 1987 and remained with the program through 2002. At the helm of the Griffs, Astridge led his team to three New York State Division I Championships. His coaching career lasted until 2016, when he retired after directing the Buffalo Rugby Club to 200 wins. He was tabbed to coach several local and regional all-star sides, as well.

Astridge was the founder and head coach at Kenmore East High School. From that point forward, rugby has continued to thrive as a club sport. It is estimated that by creating the club in the school district, he has impacted thousands of students.

For 10 years he served as the vice president of the New York State Rugby Executive Committee and two years in the same position with the Northeast Rugby Union. He is a member of the Buffalo Rugby Club’s Wall of Fame. He was an active clinician of the sport, providing clinics throughout the area.

For those reasons and many others Ron Astridge is being inducted into the Kenmore East High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the Honorary Category.

This is the first in a series of 10 introductions to the Kenmore East Athletic Hall of Fame Class. They will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 12. For ticket information, call the Athletic Office at 871-3082.

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