Alumni

Alumni Spotlight

5 Questions with:

 

Louis Le Merle, University of California

 

1) Please tell us your Name, HS attended, Current College or Club, rugby position and year you played for Coach Dave?

LL: My name is Louis Le Merle and I am currently a sophomore playing rugby at the University of Berkeley where I play eightman as well as flanker. I played 4 years for Dave on the varsity rugby squad.

2) What is your favorite rugby memory?

LL: My favorite rugby memory was beating United in our final game of the National championship my junior year. While we weren't playing in the championship game, it was clear that our team and the United squad we faced were clearly the best two teams in the tournament and beating them in the brutal battle we experienced was nothing less than noteworthy and utterly memorable.

3) What is the best piece of advice you have received in your career?

LL: The best piece of advice I have ever received in my career is that in the game of rugby you can't get caught in the moment. While the game must be played set piece by set piece, it is important not to get hung up on failures and successes as they occur. It is crucial to constantly be focused on the next most important task, whatever that is, and having the mental toughness to not let yourself be distracted in the heat of battle.

4) What is one thing that most people do not know about you?

LL: One thing that most people do not know about me is that I have a deep passion and love for music and play piano and guitar just about every day. I try to mix my athletic efforts on the field with those playing my instruments because I feel it is the best way to become a well rounded individual. 

5) What advice would you give to the younger players of North Bay Wildcats?

LL: To the young prospects of North Bay Rugby I would say continue playing the game for the passion you had when you first started playing. At the end of the day, we play this game not for trophies nor championships but because of the feeling we get when we lace up our cleats and put in our mouth pieces. It is the excitement we get prior to games that should dictate the way we play and the effort with which we compete. If we lose that aspect of the game, championships and victories are nothing but titles to be scribbled on certificates that will eventually be lost and forgotten. It is the memories we create that will engrave themselves in our minds and stay with us as long as we live.

 
   

Alumni Spotlight

5 Questions with:

 

Henry Baylor, University of California

 

1) Please tell us your Name, HS attended, Current College or Club, rugby position and year you played for Coach Dave?

HB: Henry Baylor, Marin Catholic, Cal Berkeley, Prop, 2011-2013

2) What is your favorite rugby memory?

HB: (at National Chamnpionship Tournament, Salt Lake City)) Junior year beating Red Mountain and Trybe after difficult loss to United.

3) What is the best piece of advice you have received in your career?

HB: Just keep going, your body will say stop but it won't if you won't let it.

4) What is one thing that most people do not know about you?

HB: I didn't know a thing about rugby until I started playing sophomore year. 

5) What advice would you give to the younger players of North Bay Wildcats?

HB: The relationships you make with others in this game are just as rewarding and important as the game itself.

 
   

The CAL Rugby team retained the “Scrum Axe” in a 78-3 victory over Stanford last night in Berkeley. 

The Wildcat Varsity team was in attendance to watch soundly structured rugby played by the Golden Bears.  Several parents were also in attendance to watch the match.  Seven of Coach Cingolani’s former players now don the Blue and Gold, and while former players (CAL Captain) Jake Anderson and Anthony Kosinski were unavailable for selection, FIVE of Coach Cingolani’s lads, Henry Baylor, Louis LeMerle, Schuyler Whiting, Felix LeMerle and Henry Harmon all contributed greatly and logged significant minutes in the contest.  

L to R: Louis LeMerle, Schuyler Whiting, Coach Cingolani, Henry Harmon, Henry Baylor, Felix Lemerle

Many former players coached by Dave Cingolani have gone on to play rugby in college or at the Men's Club Level. We currently have alumni playing at CAL, UCLA, St. Mary's, Cal Poly, Sac State, Central Washington, Colorado, Ole'Miss, Texas, Loyola (Chicago,) Cal Maritime Academy, Santa Barbara Rugby Academy, Boston College, Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State and the UK.

We encourage all alumni to keep in touch.

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Jake Anderson- Univ of California, Berkeley Henry Baylor - Univ of California, Berkeley
Louis Le Merle - Univ of California, Berkeley Anthony Kosiinski - Univ of California, Berkeley 
Matt Frederickson - UCLA James Faccinto - UCLA
Rob Spurzem - UCLA Grant Collins - St Mary's College, Moraga
Connor Sell - St Mary's College, Moraga Martin van der Wal - Central Washington, Ellensburg
Mike Dupar - Univ of Mississippi Achi Forakis - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Jessie Butler - Univ of Arizona Paul Spurzem -Univ of Colorado, Boulder
Brandon Crawford - Univ of Colorado, Boulder William Gaul - Univ of Texas
Henry Harmon - Univ of California, Berkeley Matt Cadelago - UCLA
Holden Yungert - St Mary's College, Moraga Sam Sirrell - UCLA
Will deChatelleus - Dartmouth University Stephen Tomasin - San Diego State
Matson Carver - Univ of Colorado, Boulder Keegan Horton - Loyola Chicago
Hugo McIntosh - Oxford (UK) Harlequins  
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2014 Seniors

Marcus Viscardi- St. Mary's College, Moraga
Schuyler Whiting- University of California, Berkeley
Felix Le Merle- University of California, Berkeley
Nick Williams - SRJC, Santa Rosa
Jose Lassen-Baeza - SRJC, Santa Rosa
Hugo McIntosh - Oxford (UK) Harlequins

 Name Position  Photo High School College
Marcus Viscardi  Flanker   Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley Saint Mary's College, Moraga Ca
Felix Le Merle  Flanker/ Hooker   Marin Catholic, Kentfield University of California, Berkeley 
Nick Williams  Hooker   Drake High School, San Anselmo Ca Santa Rosa JC
Jose Lassen-Baeza  Utility   Redwood High School, Larkspur Ca Santa Rosa JC
Hugo McIntosh  Prop   Redwood High School, Larkspur Ca Oxford (UK) Harlequins
Schuyler Whiting  Center   St Ignatius Prep, San Francisco University of California, Berkeley 

The following players have been coached to college rugby success by Varsity Coaching Staff under David Cingolani:

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CWU Men's Rugby 7's USA Rugby National Collegiate 7's Tournament

 

 

Coached by David Cingolani, Martin van der Wal (5th from left, back row), now at CW.

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