FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, DC (August 19, 2020) – Old Glory DC welcomes back Mike Dabulas, 23-year-old fly-half and Penn State University graduate, to the 2021 roster.
While Dabulas made appearances in only two games in 2020, his presence on the pitch did not go unnoticed. Coming off the bench with less than ten minutes left in the team’s MLR debut in New Orleans, Dabulas managed to claim one of two Old Glory tries following a cross-field kick from Dylan Taikato Simpson.
“Players like Mike are the long-term future of Old Glory,” said Head Coach Andrew Douglas. “He is an exciting player who possesses a high level of skill, as well as speed and toughness. Not only will he play an important role for OG, but I believe for USA Rugby as well. He learnt a lot in year one, and I’m sure he’ll put those learnings in place this coming season.”
Mike’s journey to Old Glory DC exemplifies a growing pathway in the U.S. between high school, collegiate and professional rugby. Prior to joining Old Glory DC, Mike attended New Jersey’s Westfield High School and played youth rugby for the Union Rugby Football Club Mudturtles. While he played for the Under-18 squad, the team won the Rugby New Jersey Division 1 State Championship. Mike went on to attend and play his college rugby at Penn State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Energy, Business and Finance in 2019. While at Penn State, Mike served as the team’s captain and was named a First-Team All Rugby East player in 2016. He attended the Men’s Collegiate All-American Selection Camp in 2018 and in 2019, and he was recognized as an All-American in each of those years. Mike also played for Atlantis, winning the New York Sevens College Men’s Division in 2015, and played with the Under-18s at the Rugbytown 7s in 2017, winning the Championship over the Utah Lions.
On July 27, 2019, Dubulas was on the All-American Squad that defeated an All-Canadian University All-Stars 23-22 at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO. The match served as a curtain-raiser for the senior Men’s Eagles test match against rival-Canada, as part of Pacific Nations Cup 2019.
Welcome back to DC, Mike Dabulas!