June 6, 2013
BERKELEY - Following the Golden Bears' first 7s national championship in program history at the 2013 CRC, head coach Jack Clark was a guest on KNBR 1050 AM with host Damon Bruce on June 6. Listeners can hear it again via podcast anytime.
Cal went unbeaten through the Collegiate Rugby Championship May 31-June 2 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, where captain Seamus Kelly was named MVP of the tournament after scoring the try that proved to be the gamewinner in the Championship Final, and Jake Anderson had the highlight of the tournament with "The Hurdle" against UCLA.
"The players deserve to be proud," said coach Clark. "The resolve they displayed is much of why we play sport."
The Bears' era of success under Clark has included the 2013 CRC 7s championship, 22 national 15s titles (including 20 of the last 25), an impressive combined record of 34-1 against rugby powerhouses Army, Navy and Air Force in the 15-a-side game; 14 of the last 17 "World Cup" series including seven in a row vs. University of British Columbia; a domestic winning streak of 98 games from 1990-96 and a 70-game tear that lasted until 2003; a winning streak over U.S. collegiate competition that lasted 115 matches between April 2004 and May 2009; and a streak in 15s of 63 straight matches that ran from opening day in 2010 through Feb. 18, 2012.
Clark has also served as head coach for the Collegiate All-America team, from 1985-92; head coach of the USA National Team, from 1993-99; and general manager for the national team, from 1993-2003. He exited his 30th season as head coach as the winningest coach in Cal Rugby history with a 559-71-5 (.880) record in 15s.
The growth of Rugby 7s, the format in which the sport returns to the Summer Olympics in 2016, has spurred further development in a segment of the game historically played in the offseason and as a pathway to the 15s national team. Cal's all-time record in 7s is 45-11 (.803), all under Clark.