Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Nic Mirhashem started his rugby career with Rugby Club Sitges and played for the Spanish national team at U16, U17, and U18.
A recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mirhashem was a stand-out collegiate athlete and team leader on Cal Varsity Rugby Team. Cal Varsity Rugby plays Division 1A, an elite collegiate rugby competition sanctioned by USA Rugby. The conference-based league features 72 elite men’s college rugby teams competing in eight conferences: The Big Ten, California, East, Mid-South, PAC, Red River, West, and Liberty Conferences, plus two Independent teams.
The Golden Bear Flanker, alongside recently signed Cal Berkely rugger and Old Glory DC player, Jack Iscaro, contributed to Cal Varsity Rugby prowess, claiming three PAC 7s Championships (2015, 2016, 2018) and four Pac 12 Conference XV Championships (2016-2019). Cal Varsity Rugby claimed two National Championships in 15s (2016 and 2017) and two National Championships in 7s (2016 and 2017).
Over the summer, Mirshashem was named to the Men’s Collegiate All-American squad that defeated the All-Canadian University XVs IN Glendale, CO on July 27, 2019. As Co-Captain of the Team, the All-American team beat Canada Universities XV, 23-22. The flanker played alongside the recently signed Old Glory player, Michael Dabulas.
A scholar as well as an athlete, Mirhashem achieved Scholar-Athlete Academic Honors in 2018 and 2019 and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on International Business, Globalization, and Economic Development this past May. The flanker was also a 2019 Rudy Scholz Award Nominee. The award has been given annually to the best men’s college rugby player in the country since 2016.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity and extremely excited to join the Old Glory family and to represent the city and its fans,” Nic Mirhashem said. “I cannot wait to get to work and take on this new challenge, hoping to make our fans proud.”
Nic will bring his strong Cal Varsity Rugby work ethic to Old Glory in 2020. “Personally, I want to develop as a player and I’m eager to work as hard as I possibly can to help this team reach our objectives. From speaking to Coach Douglas, I think the setup at Old Glory is fantastic and I believe it is the best place for me to start my professional career. I am excited about coming into a program with a world-class staff. I am hoping to learn as much as possible from both players and staff to be able to improve as a player and to be able to bring the MLR shield to DC.”
Fans will be able to see Nic Mirhashem take the field during the 2020 home opener on February 16th. Season ticket sales are now out! Make sure you get the best spot in the stands this season. Secure your season tickets here.