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Volunteers welcome three from Chicago

By MTB, 05/04/17, 2:15PM EDT


Illinois players venture south for college

Tennessee will welcome three from the Chicago area this fall. Recent grad and UT Old Boy William Holland is certainly very proud given that he too is a Chicago native that has just returned home to begin his banking career (and hopefully perform some scouting duties also). 

Charles Horak
Charles comes to Knoxville with 4 years of experience playing rugby at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. He also excelled on the offensive line in football in high school so had to make that tough choice on whether to pursue football or rugby in college.  At 6'3" / 330 lbs, Horak arrives ready to help the Volunteers in the front row this fall. He will study Secondary Education at UT. 

"Chuck is strong and loves competition.  He is very agile for a big man. He is a head’s up player who scores not only power tries but also opportunistic tries  He is a great teammate and leader, currently serving as captain."
- St. Ignatius Head Coach Marty Perry

Greg Janowick
Greg has played 4 years of high school rugby at Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois. The 6'4" / 240 lb lock is the captain of his team and an Illinois All-State selection. Janowick will study Animal Science at Tennessee.

"Greg brings a well-rounded game, one of those players who has the ability and willingness to do what is necessary for his team.  He wins in the tough spaces,  has great timing in support with good instincts on attack and defense.   A student of the game who makes all the other players around him better through his unselfish play - an excellent teammate and leader."
- Barrington Head Coach Mike Egleston

Christian Pirog
Christian is in his first year of rugby at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Illinois. The 6'0" / 190 lb Pirog also excelled in football, track and wrestling for the Broncos. Although just getting start, he's made quite an impression on the pitch, earning man of the match and is considered an all-state candidate in his first year. Christian will study engineering at Tennessee. 

"Christian has been playing rugby now for 5 months and you would have thought he had been playing for a few years. Christian has raw talent. Athletic and aggressive with a football and wrestling background. He is a quick learner and a hard worker that's very coachable. He is always willing to go the distance." 
- Montini Bronco Rugby Head Coach Michael Size 


The Tennessee Volunteer Family welcomes these student athletes to Knoxville and looks forward to getting on the practice field this fall.  Go Vols!

Charles Horak

Greg Janowick

Christian Pirog