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Brad Andrews


Sweeney Award



Brad Andrews was born in Inglewood, California to Francis and Betty Andrews in 1949.  He was one of three brothers. While attending St. Mary’s College, he commenced his rugby career in 1967.  He graduated from St. Mary’s with a degree in Biology.

He was a stalwart on several west coast rugby clubs in the 1970s and 1980s.  In 1972, he played with the Old Gaels Rugby Club.  In 1973, he started a 10-year run with the Santa Monica Rugby Club, one of the top teams in the country at the time. Following his stint with the Dolphins, he played for Belmont Shore then finished his career with Orlando in 1991.  Andrews was selected for the Los Angeles County and Southern California Griffins Representative Sides numerous times from 1973-1984.  He played for the Pacific Coast Grizzlies from 1977-1981, including matches against Wales “B”, Italy and Fiji.

Andrews, arguably the premiere #8 in the United States in the late 70s, was the kind of player that everyone wanted on their team, bringing ferocity and fairness in his play. He played the game for over 20 years and was selected to represent the U.S. National Team from 1977-1979. He was part of the Eagles touring side to England in 1977 and rose to captain the national team in 1979. Andrews was also one of the leaders of the USA Cougars team that toured South Africa in 1978.

Married to Alice, Andrews has been a Zoological Director for 44 years. He is currently the Chief Zoological Director Emeritus at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  His service extends to the board of many animal conservation organizations including the International Elephant Foundation, Cheetah Conservation Foundation, and Wildlife Alliance, among many others.