When Max Schumacher thinks of rugby, the words “cura personalis” come to mind; a term used by the Jesuit ordinance of the Catholic Church meaning “the whole person.” Rugby has taught Max many priceless lessons and developed him into the whole person and rugger he is meant to be. From implementing a mindset committed to academic achievement, time management, a consistent strength and conditioning regimen, an emphasis on fundamental rugby skills, and a never quit work ethic, Max has set himself apart as a student-athlete.
Schumacher’s rugby career spans nearly 10 years. He has played for numerous teams including, Jesuit High School Junior Varsity and Varsity sides, Rhino Rugby All-Star 7s, Cobra Rugby All-Star 7s, Sac Valley All-Stars 15s, and NorCal All-Stars 15s. He has also appeared in national and international renown tournaments and matches like the 2015 Youth Hong Kong 7s, and the 2018 and 2019 Boys High School National Championship tournament. Schumacher served as captain of the 2017 EIRA U16 Tour in Vancouver, Canada and made the cut for the same tour again in 2018. He was a three-time participant in the High School All-American Winter Camp and led Jesuit High School to a 2019 Boys High School California State Championship and a Boys Single-School National Championship title.
“Since Max was a freshman, his physical ability and mental grip of rugby put him head and shoulders above his peers, always being the standout in his matches. Max showed very little weakness to his game, showing strength and aggression in the contact area, speed and agility in the open field, and poise and humility when it came to his own team and his opposition. His gamesmanship and leadership shown as brightly as his ability, skills, and his future,” said Lou Stanfill, Jesuit High School Head Coach.
Aside from rugby, Max was involved in many clubs and organizations, including the Jesuit High School Choir and was an avid volunteer at a local community center, homeless shelter, and elderly home. He graduated from Jesuit High School with a 4.0 grade point average and achieved his lifelong dream to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of California, Berkeley.
During his collegiate career at Cal, he intends to earn significant playing time and help his team win a national championship. He will also continue to work hard toward achieving his rugby goal of representing the United States as an Eagle and playing professionally overseas in the near future.
“I notice a maturity in Max that many freshmen are unable to demonstrate. My instincts say, we have a high character, gem of a young man,” said Jack Clark, Head Coach of Cal Varsity Rugby.
Max will pursue a business degree at Cal with the intent of working in commercial real estate.