College of Marin's Will Zurcher had an impressive two years in Kentfield, achieveing on the baseball field as well as in the classroom. His reward, being named the 2017-18 Men's Scholar-Athlete by the California Community College Athletic Association.
Zurcher will be honored at the annual CCCAA Convention in Concord on March 27, along with 18 other impressive student-athletes from conferences throughout the state who earned distinction on the Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, and 18 programs that will receive Scholar Team Awards.
All the Scholar-Athlete award winners are recognized for excelling academically with at least a 3.50 GPA, athletically and in citizenship, and represent the positive outcome of dedication, hard work and service. The Scholar Team Award is the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA. All team members must have excelled academically with a total GPA of 3.0 or higher. The teams have also demonstrated better than average accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition.
Zurcher saw action at third base for the Mariners as a freshman in 2017 before finding time on the mound last season. He helped Marin win a pair of Bay Valley Conference Championships, was among the team leaders for innings pitched, games started and ERA, and finished off the Mariners' lone playoff win during an 18-4 victory over the College of San Mateo. As a freshman, he posted the team's second-best on-base percentage (.467).
Zurcher graduated with Honors while posting a 3.93 GPA in Social Sciences at Marin and now attends UCLA. He earned distinction on the Marin Honor List four times and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He dedicated his time outside of the classroom and his team to several service Wefforts, including organizing study sessions and writing workshops for his teammates, helping second-year teammates by reviewing application materials during their transfer process, and volunteering with both the Rotary Club of San Rafael and the Marine Mammal Center. The Eagle Scout also assisted as an Assistant Scoutmaster and was an adult leader for the Boy Scouts of American National Youth Leadership Training Program.