Congratulations to Brian Gannon, Center from Wheeling University Men’s Rugby Club, on his selection as the Penn Mutual Student Leader of the month for December.
The Senior from the Men’s Open Division with the NCR Allegheny Conference, Brian’s Coach Mike Geibel says “Brian is one of the strongest leaders I’ve seen in a collegiate player.”
Coach Geibel also commented that “through the university’s financial exigency in 2018, Brian stuck with the program. Brian was so invested in the program that he requested to sit on the hiring committee that eventually hired me. He helped lead the team last year, despite not being a senior, leading the team in scoring during our covid-shortened season. When we traveled to Nashville for the Mooseman 7s the week after the devastating tornado, Brian helped me to coordinate a cleanup effort for a family who lost everything in the storm. During the spring quarantine, he was instrumental in helping recruit and plan for the season. He spoke with recruits through social media, and this year has personally met and given tours to every on-campus visit we’ve had since reopening. He’s also the first to volunteer to drive the freshmen to Walmart or anywhere else they need to go off campus. He leads through example on the pitch and in the weight room, leading workouts in addition to our scheduled team activities and has taken the freshmen under his wing. Every Saturday morning, Brian leads a team workout even when I give them the day off. On campus, he leads through the Student Athlete Advisory Council and is one of the team leads in his nursing program. He has volunteered during his clinicals to serve in the Emergency Room and ICU wards. “