Rugby: Clark to enter Hall of Fame

Cal’s Jack Clark will be inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame, the United States Rugby Football Federation announced.

To which I pose the question: What took them so long?

The induction ceremony takes place June 7 in Houston.

“I am very appreciative of the recognition,” Clark said. “I want to thank all the coaches and support staff who have so significantly contributed to this career and well as my opposition colleagues around the country and rugby world for their friendship and partnership in growing rugby.

“I am so appreciative of my old teammates and coaches for the game and teamship example they set. Mostly, I want to thank the players I have been blessed to coach.”

In his 31st year as head coach of the Golden Bears, Clark has led the rugby program to 22 national collegiate titles in 15s and, in 2013, its first collegiate 7s title in the Olympic version of rugby.

Clark’s teams have produced 126 All-Americans, 36 players who have played for the U.S National Team, five players who have earned their Varsity Blue competing for Oxford against Cambridge as graduate students and three who have recently received residency contracts from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

He entered the 2014 spring season with an all-time collegiate coaching record, all with Cal, of 559-71-5 (.880) in 15s and 45-11 (.803) in 7s.

“Jack Clark is very deserving of this recognition as he has been a loyal, devoted and tireless leader and educator who continues to make his University proud with the ongoing success, on and off the pitch, of the Cal varsity rugby program,” said Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour.

“His success has been unmatched in collegiate athletics, and his student-athletes carry the Cal rugby ethos that he instills to achieve greatness in their post-collegiate careers as vibrant contributors to the global community.

“His stewardship of the oldest intercollegiate sport on our campus has been unparalleled. We are extremely proud of coach Clark’s induction into the Hall of Fame and congratulate him on his past and future success and contribution to this proud community.”

Jeff Faraudo