Kate Cox inducted into Iowa Rugby Hall of Fame
IOWA FALLS – Former Harlanite Kate Cox was inducted into the Iowa Rugby Fall of Fame here May 5. Kate is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cox, Harlan.
Cox, a 2000 Harlan Community High School graduate, began playing rugby as a freshman at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where the UNI Panthers went on to win back-to-back national championships in 2001 and 2002 and were the runner-up in 2003. During her collegiate career, she became a three-time All-American, a four-time U23 LAU champion and a four-time U23 Midwest champion.
Kate made her USA U23 National Team debut in 2001 against Canada at the age of 19. She continued to play for the USA U23 team throughout her collegiate career.
Following her graduation from UNI, Kate’s plan was to retire from rugby as she moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue her Doctorate of Chiropractic education. Once in Atlanta, she decided she wasn’t finished with rugby yet and played for the Atlanta Harlequins.
Kate made her debut for the USA National Team in 2006 against Ireland and played in the 2006 “Women’s Rugby World Cup” in Edmonton, Canada. She earned five “caps” that year with the USA National Team. After the 2006 World Cup, Cox retired to focus on her education.
In 2009, Kate moved to the Netherlands where she returned to the game and played for team AAC, which went on to win a national championship in 2010. Kate rounded out her rugby career at the Amsterdam 7s rugby tournament.
She continues to live in Amsterdam with her family of wife Kirsten and two children, Marley and Liam. She works in her own clinic, Thrive Chiropractic.
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