BERKELEY – Capping off a 2013-14 year during which 38 members of the California rugby program received recognition for their academic achievement, a select group of those players was honored Monday among the best of the best at the 2014 Student-Athlete Academic Honors Luncheon at Haas Pavilion.
The highest-achieving of rugby’s academic standouts in attendance was junior Spencer Morris, a Business major whose 3.965 GPA is highest among all student-athletes at the University.
Morris was joined by Seamus Kelly, the four-time All-American and Cal rugby’s first three-time captain who will graduate with a degree in Political Economy; seniors Kenny Bruzzone and Sam Weston Welch, both of whom have been admitted into the Haas School of Business; juniors Jesse Milne, an Art major, and Blake Simons, who majors in Political Science; sophomores James Kondrat and George Vrame, both of whom excelled in the classroom while starting throughout the “World Cup” series and Varsity Cup National Championships postseason; and Anthony Kosinski, who achieved a GPA of 4.0 as a freshman.
“Between both the fall and spring terms we are proud to have 38 of our players recognized as scholar athletes,” said head coach Jack Clark. “To have this particular group of players recognized among the very top tier of student-athlete cumulative achievers is really rewarding.”
Featuring remarks from Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour and Big C Society president Karl Uebel, the event was co-sponsored by the Big C Society and the Athletic Study Center.
The Rugby Bears are preparing for end-of-year exams while also transitioning to the Olympic 7s code of the game, in which they will compete at the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship May 31-June 1 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. Having won Cal’s first-ever national 7s championship at the 2013 CRC, the Bears went on to win the PAC 7s Conference crown in the autumn of 2013-14 and the PAC crown in 15s in March before finishing their spring 15s season with an 18-3 overall record (5-0 PAC) and a trip to the Varsity Cup National Championships final.
One week after Cal competes at the upcoming CRC, coach Clark will be inducted in the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame in Houston.