Dave Ceruti - 1.0, Coach - 2018

Dave Ceruti - 1.0, Coach - 2018

Club-team level

  • Connecticut   1991 - 96  One of the founding members of the Jammers

  • Tampa Generals 1997 to 2010

National Team Level

  • Gold Medal USA National Team Member – 1994, 1995, 1996*

  • Made the eight-man roster as wheelchair rugby debuted as a Paralympic sport

Coaching / USQRA service

  • Served as USQRA Treasurer from 1993-97, taking over a dismal financial outlook and was pivotal in turning that situation around to put USQRA in good standing.

  • Coach of the Tampa Generals 2006 – present

  • Head coached the USA Rugby Force developmental team when the program was first developed in 2007.

  • Head coached the last USA Rugby Force team in 2013-15

  • Assistant coach for the USA Rugby team 2009, 2010

  • Served on the selection committee at tryouts for USA Rugby 2004, 2008-10, 2013, 2014, 2018-19 teams.

Ceruti was injured in a high school football game at the age of 15 in 1980. He found wheelchair rugby while the sport was still in its infancy during the late-‘80s. He’s now been involved in the sport for nearly 30 years as a club team member and organizer, national team member, USQRA board member,  and head coach at the club team level as well as an assistant coach to the US National Team.   

As a player and now a coach, he’s poured into the lives of his teammates and now the players he coaches as a successful example of living life as a quadriplegic. His passion for, and knowledge of, the game is unmatched. He one of the most, if not the most, the longest tenured league member in consecutive years as a player and now a coach.