- By Tyler Connolly
Khyle Mingo to continue rugby career at Life University
Khyle Mingo, a senior and member of the club rugby team at Coastal Carolina University, has signed to continue his academic and rugby career at Life University in Marietta, GA.
Life University has the No.1 ranked chiropractic program in the world entailing a rigorous 14 quarter program for students wishing to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Life also has had the No.1 ranked rugby team for the past five years, won national championships in 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20 and partners closely with Rugby ATL, the pro-team located in Atlanta.
Mingo said he has decided to sign at Life University because he is “surrounded by people who have his best interest at heart” and that his family, coaches, and teammates all helped to influence his decision.
The CCU club rugby team was founded in 2004 and consists of around 40 players. Aside from the CCU baseball team, rugby is the only team with a national title (2009). The team has had over 75 all-star selections and one Olympic trial select.
Mingo will become the first Coastal rugby player to play for a D1 program and pro team. In addition to being a part of the club rugby team, Mingo is very active on CCU’s campus as the Student Government Association executive VP (2018-20), Lib Jackson Building manager (2018-20), a volunteer at the child development center on campus and a mentor to students with disabilities. Mingo was also student leader of the year during the 2019/20 school year.
Mingo began playing rugby his first year at CCU after transferring from The Citadel. He used the club rugby team as a way to meet new people since he didn’t know anyone when he arrived at Coastal Carolina.
He mentioned that the “hours of practice help to form a brotherhood” throughout the team and recounts days from his first year on the team where he was dragged out of his dorm by teammates to practice because they’re all “held responsible by each other.”
Mingo said he has met “guys I can call my brothers” through club rugby, as well as emphasized that the club sport department at CCU has various opportunities for students interested in just about anything. He urges anyone who is on the fence about trying out a club sport, to do it.