San Diego Legion selected Cole Zarcone with the 24th and final selection in the Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft. The 23-year-old wing is 5’11” and 200 lbs.
Cole is from Camas, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, and attended Camas High School. He concentrated on football during high school and continued to play football in his freshman year at Central Washington University in 2015.
He transitioned to rugby following his first semester at Central Washington and was a USA U20s Camp Invitee in 2016, an All-American Honorable Mention in rugby sevens in 2018, a 2019 Rugby Scholtz Award Nominee, a 2019 Sevens Collegiate All American, a 2020 CWU Male Athlete of the Year, and a team captain the last two years.
Cole has graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
“What’s great about Cole being drafted is he came to CWU as a football player and transitioned over to rugby. He wanted to learn and be good at this sport, so he stayed in Ellensburg every summer since his freshman year to hone his craft and get better. To play rugby for just four years and now get drafted to the MLR, is a huge testament to the type of person he is. His work ethic and character are one of a kind,” Coach Thornley said. “As a captain each of the last two years, he’s led by example. Like Brian [Nault], he refused to let anything get in his way to win. I am excited for him in this next chapter of his playing career.”