Miles "Doc" Hudson and Pat Vincent Honored at USRFF Dinner

February 14, 2009 - On the Saturday night of the USA 7s, the USRFF held their Annual Dinner in part to honor posthumously, Miles "Doc" Hudson and Pat Vincent with USRFF Founders' Awards. Nearly 100 people attended the affair at the Hotel Solamar, including 32 past U.S. Eagle players and administrators.

Past Eagles, Jerry Kelleher and Brad Andrews accepted the Founders' Award for Pat Vincent. Both played for Coach Vincent in the 1960s and 70s. They discussed the lessons Pat taught his players both on and off the field and how they still hold value today.

Past Eagle player and coach, and current Cal head coach, Jack Clark,  praised both Doc and Pat and talked of their importance to the game in the U.S. He emphasized Doc's 37 years with the Cal rugby program and his impressive win loss record of 339-84-23. Accepting the award on his father's behalf was Ron Hudson who told the audience that rugby and the well-being of his players were two things dear to his father's heart.

 

Men's Rugby Alumni, Presenter

Jerry Kelleher played rugby at Saint Mary's under Pat Vincent from 1973-75.  He toured with the Eagles on their inaugural tour of England  in 1977 and was a member of the first ever victorious US team which downed Canada in 1978. He was a member of the US Cougars tour to South Africa and Rhodesia in 1978, returning to South Africa the following year as a member of the All-World Team.

 

Men's Rugby Alumni, Presenter

Brad Andrews played for Coach Vincent at Saint Mary's from 1968-71. He was also a member of the US Eagles touring squad to England in 1977. He played against Canada in 1977-79, including the Eagles historic victory in 1978. He toured South Africa with the US Cougars in 1979. After he hung up the boots, Brad remained in the national scene as a US National Team Selector from 1983-86.

 

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