Robert Markel – The Godfather of Deep South Rugby
Robert Markel was the founding member of the first Spring Hill College Rugby Team in 1969. Springhill players later formed Battleship RFC. Robert also founded Jackson RFC and was an early member of New Orleans RFC. Robert has played rugby in every decade since the 1960s and continues to coach high school rugby, a thriving league that he started along with a few other New Orleans RFC players (Sam Forenet, Gary Giepert and others), in his native New Orleans. Robert is pictured above finding space for Spring Hill.
(See Tom Crosby’s story on Robert)