Ryan Maxfield -
2016 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 26, 2016) - 2016 Kevin Higgins
College Scholarship recipient Ryan Maxfield says that rugby has given him many
valuable life experiences, but his favorite is being a part of a tight-knit
community. “Rugby has introduced me to a number of individuals that I call
coach on the pitch, but friend off of it. Rugby has given me some incredible
role models. The rugby community has struck me as something special. I feel an
instant connection and sense of camaraderie with any person I see who is
wearing rugby gear.”
Ryan, a four-year
member of the Regis Jesuit High School Rugby Club varsity side in Aurora,
Colorado, led his team to the Colorado Division I Championship title in 2016. With
Regis Jesuit, he earned various honors, including academic all-state from
2012-2016, team MVP in 2015, and is a two-time winner of the Russ Ferguson
award, an honor given to a player who best exemplifies Regis Jesuit values. In
his freshman season, Ryan was selected to the Colorado Rugby Select All-Tournament
selection. He served as varsity rugby captain during three of his four years on
“Ryan has a great
understanding of the game and elevates the level of play of those around him.
He was a natural general for our team while providing peak fitness and
physicality not commonly seen or expected from a flyhalf. Ryan is not an extremely
vocal person and used his actions as his best form of leadership. Under Ryan’s
leadership we built the program at Regis Jesuit to over 80 players and made two
State Championship appearances in back-to-back years,” said Zach Fenoglio, Regis
Jesuit High School Rugby coach and U.S. Eagles player.
Ryan was just as
dedicated off the pitch. He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School with a 3.93
GPA, achieving that by taking four AP classes as well as six honors classes. In
addition to rugby, Ryan was a three-year member of the Regis Jesuit High School
football team, where he additionally received academic all-state honors. In
addition, Ryan was a Regis Jesuit media journalist throughout all four years of
He is a member of the
National Honor Society and has received various academic achievement awards. Ryan
accumulated over 170 hours of community service throughout his four years at
Regis Jesuit. He was a three-year member of the Regis Jesuit Special Olympics
club, and participated in two two-week long service projects at Smith
Elementary School and RISE Preschool. Ryan’s involvement does not stop there,
as he was also a freshman retreat core team member and leader, diversity action
group leader and LINK crew leader for freshman orientation in his junior and
senior years. Additionally, he served as the Regis Jesuit representative at the
Continental League Leadership Conference.
He will continue his
rugby career at the collegiate level at Loyola University Chicago. Ryan aspires
to strengthen the rugby club at LUC and play toward national titles. His
personal rugby goal is to be able to play rugby worldwide. He has already
played in many out of state locations, like Philadelphia and Victoria, but he
would love to play in rugby meccas like South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
while he participates in a study abroad program. Ryan will also continue his
education at LUC and intends to enroll in their nationally ranked business
In Ryan’s beginning months with the Loyola University Chicago Men’s Rugby
Program, he proved to be the type of teammate players and coaches could count on.
Before he even officially joined the program, he reached out to head coach Jim
Shannon about how he could train and prepare. He is a young rugger
who carries himself with distinction. “Ryan’s
standing within the wider player group was noted at our annual meeting when he
was nominated for multiple executive committee positions, including captain," said Loyola University Chicago Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Jim Shannon. "I believe he was a suitable candidate for all positions and believe in
the near future he will be a major contributor to Loyola Rugby on and off the
field. I honestly believe his best days are still ahead, on and off the field
and as part of the club. He is the type of person you can build a club around as Ryan goes above and beyond to put his team first, whether he is
playing out of position, washing jerseys, or just cleaning up after games. He
is always there to contribute."
Congratulations Ryan, on being named a 2016
Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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