Rugby Alumna Koma Gandy Fischbein ‘95 to Serve as Chief Marshal For 369th Commencement

Koma Gandy Fischbein photo.
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Harvard Gazette Coverage

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's rugby alumna Koma Gandy Fischbein '95 has been chosen to serve as the chief marshal at Harvard's 369th Commencement on May 28, as announced by the Harvard Alumni Association on Friday morning.

While an undergraduate at Harvard, Gandy Fischbein developed a passion for rugby. She participated on the women's team (when it was still a club sport) and continues to share her love of the game two decades after graduating, currently serving as the chair of the Friends of Harvard Rugby. 

After Harvard, Gandy Fischbein has remained active in the rugby community. She continued her playing career, spending three years as a part of the USA Rugby Women's National Team Athletic Pool. Gandy Fischbein is currently a coach in the USA Pathway for the Under-18 Girls 7s and the Division I Women's All-Star Team, and she serves as the head coach of the Village Lions women's and men's club teams in New York City. She also helps promote the sport for girls and women through Play Rugby USA and the Sierra Leone Rugby Union.

A decorated U.S. Navy veteran who achieved the rank of lieutenant commander, Gandy Fischbein currently serves as the head coach of All Navy Men's Rugby, the first woman to lead a men's team in the history of the Armed Forces.