Jack Renard, a 2015 attackman for the San Clemente High School lacrosse team, has verbally committed to play for the USMMA Mariners located on Kings Point in Long Island, NY. The Merchant Marine Academy is one of five federal service academies along with Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard that provide undergraduate education and training to commission officers of the United States Armed Forces. They are among the most selective universities in the country with an acceptance rate between 8-12%. Students receive a scholarship valued at over $240,000 in four years, most will work in a maritime related field upon graduation.
Last year as a sophomore Renard was selected 2nd team All Coastal California with 41 goals and led his team with 36 assists. He plays club ball for West Coast Starz and OC 3D Select. San Clemente returns this year with 2nd year head coach Mike Hutnick and a crew of hungry seniors. ”Orange County is going to be insanely competitive this year and we plan to be in the thick of it,” Hutnick said. “With seniors like Peyton Garrett (High Point), Austin Streeter (Bellarmine), Collin Zines, Austin Lickley, Torin Alm, and Will Bozarth we have threats all over the field. We’ve got Adam Brownell and Nick Shippy at LPM, and Stone Sims is the best defender in the county.”
Renard says he focused his recruitment efforts on the service academies because of a desire to serve, and the knowledge he does not want a 9-5 job. He received offers from USMMA, Kings Point and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, but decided on Kings Point because of the many unique opportunities and options available to its graduates. “The facilities at the Air Force Academy were ridiculous and they compete D1 so the lacrosse piece was pretty big– plus my dad is a pilot so it was hard for him to watch me not go Air Force. USMMA just felt right, I can always go for Navy Air or Air Guard after I graduate Kings Point, but right now I want to sail and travel.”
The Mariners play D3 in the highly competitive Landmark Conference and Renard says he is thrilled at the prospect of playing college lacrosse. “Coach Gill and Coach Dwyer (USMMA) are really great and they say I have a chance to contribute right away. For me it’s a dream come true; I know that lacrosse has opened a door for me and I’m excited to get to work and take advantage of it!”
Congratulations Jack on finding a good fit and realizing hard work in the classroom and the field is the way to make this crazy game we love work for you.