The MCRC would like to wish a fond farewell and good luck to Muchadei Zvoma ’07 who is off to pursue an MBA at the Kellogg School of Business. After winning the Division II National Championship in his last game as a collegiate rugby player, Muchadei returned to Middlebury in the fall of 2008 to begin his coaching career. There must be something about this man from Zimbabwe for in his first year as a coach the MCRC went undefeated and won their 2nd National Championship.
Muchadei leaves us as the only member of the MCRC to win a National Championship as both a player and a coach, but his contributions to our club cannot be measured in wins and losses. For the past four years he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the MCRC, both on and off the pitch. He has been a constant advocate for the club and its members, and a valued friend to all.
To honor Muchadei and all that he means to the MCRC, he was awarded the first ever “Legend of the Blue” at this year’s pre-Commencement banquet. The “Legend of the Blue” aims to recognize the unique accomplishments and contributions of those special few who have changed the club forever. We can think of no better man to be the first ever Legend of the Blue!
Muchadei was also awarded the 2012 Evan Mangino Award, which states, “This award goes to the player displaying the highest level of Character and Courage, and a strong Commitment to the betterment of the MCRC. It was created to honor the achievements and contributions of Mr. Mangino, 2003.” For all those who know Muchadei, these words could have been written directly about him, and he is most deserving of this unique honor.
Muchadei, you are forever our friend and brother and we wish you all the best. You will be missed!