May 9, 2016 — Hanover, NH: The 2015 class of US Collegiate Development graduates have received their first round of college acceptances. At press time, graduates of the 2015 USCD camp have been admitted to 37 distinguished colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, with additional acceptances still pending.
Last summer, over one hundred American and international high school student-athletes descended upon Hanover, NH for the 2015 US Collegiate Development Boys Showcase Camp at Dartmouth College. During the four-day program, USCD campers improved their rugby skills under the expert tutelage of top collegiate coaches, while also learning valuable college application strategies from The Rugger’s Edge.
For many campers, the camp was an invaluable opportunity to connect directly with their future college coaches, and to learn more about the collegiate rugby experience.
“The USCD camp helped me meet several coaches I had contacted prior to the actual camp,” said Patrick Sheehy, the varsity rugby captain at Gonzaga, the country’s #1 ranked single-school HS program. “I was able to not only talk to them one-on-one, but also witness their on-field coaching styles.”
Sheehy is one of four former campers who will matriculate at Dartmouth this fall, reuniting with Dartmouth head coach Gavin Hickie.
Academically accomplished USCD graduates were admitted to ten of US News & World Report’s top 25 national universities (including four of the top 5), as well as four of the top 25 liberal arts colleges. At press time, seven of the eight Ivy League schools admitted USCD alumni in 2016, as have other renowned institutions including Colgate, Pomona, Stanford, Tulane, UC Berkeley and UCLA.
Schools with established rugby pedigrees were also well-represented, with former campers recruited to nationally-ranked powerhouses like Army, Navy, Penn State, Wheeling Jesuit, and St. Mary’s. Many USCD graduates were accepted to programs that have historically produced Collegiate All-Americans and US national team players.
“As team captain, I used some of the drills I learned at camp to lead our team to a 5-1 finish at an international tournament. Four teammates and myself were named to our league’s All-European/All-Tournament Team,” said Duncan McAloon, a senior at the American School of Paris. “The USCD camp greatly motivated me to pursue collegiate rugby,” added McAloon, who will suit up this fall for the Army Black Knights at the United States Military Academy.
“I had a great experience in my two years attending the USCD camp,” concurred Boston College High School’s John Dunn, a newly-minted member of Boston College’s Class of 2020. “The camp got me excited about college rugby, and reassured me that I would be able to play in college, even for a competitive team like BC.”
The 2016 US Collegiate Development Boys Showcase Camp will be held from June 21 to June 25, 2016 at Dartmouth College. Additional top-up skill clinics will be available before and after the Showcase Camp. Coaches from America’s top academic and rugby universities will be present, although attending coaches are subject to change.
US Collegiate Development Graduates' 2016 University Acceptances*
Boston College | Boston University | Brown | Bucknell | Colgate | Columbia | Cornell | Dartmouth | Elon | Fairfield University | Fordham | Gettysburg | Maryland | Occidental | Penn | Penn State | Pomona | Princeton | Providence | Queens University | Richmond | Spring Hill College | St. Joseph's | St. Mary's College of California | St. Bonaventure University | Stanford | Tulane | UC Berkeley | UCLA | United States Military Academy at West Point | United States Naval Academy | University of Colorado Boulder | Villanova | Wake Forest | Washington & Lee | Wheeling Jesuit | Yale
*University acceptances current as of May 9, 2016. This list will be updated with additional acceptances as USCD graduates receive their offers of admission.
About US Collegiate Development
Launched in 2014, US Collegiate Development LLC aims to develop productive relationships between athletes and their potential future coaches. USCD's programs evolved in response to a need for a more effective environment to assess, develop, and connect student-athletes with collegiate coaches. The USCD coaching staff's priority is to educate these student-athletes on US rugby opportunities at both the university and national age-grade levels.