A 1986 graduate of VMI, Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Retired) Joe Irby’ rugby career began while at VMI where he was a forward and scrum half.  After graduating and commissioning in the US Army, he spent the next twenty years playing and coaching club rugby for clubs such as the Ft Sill Gunners, Ft Drum Mountaineers, Seoul Survivors in the Republic of Korea, and the Baumholder XVs in Germany .  In 2003, Coach Irby returned to VMI for a tour with VMI’s Army ROTC staff and began coaching rugby at VMI.  Lieutenant Colonel Irby retired from the US Army in 2006 and immediately began working for the VMI Foundation raising money for the school.  Coach Irby is a USA Rugby Level 1 Certified Coach whose focus is on forward play, alumni relations, and recruiting operations.