Seoul Foreign School (SFS) is pleased to announce alumnus Andre Jin Coquillard has been named Alumnus of the Year. This is the highest honor the School bestows on its graduates, and recognises the recipient's excellence in their chosen field of endeavour and outstanding service to the community or profession as well as devotion to SFS. Andre is the first alumnus to receive this honor for athletic achievement. He will speak to the graduating class of 2022 in celebration of commencement in June, and will be added to the Wall of Honor on campus.
In 2021, Andre represented South Korea in men's rugby at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He debuted for the Korean national team in 2015 and is the squad's first naturalized citizen. Andre has also competed in Canada and the USA, including at University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of three Division 1 National Championship teams, and professionally for the Seattle Seawolves. Andre has recently featured on the JTBC television program Let's Play Soccer.
Andre was born in Seoul to mother Kim Dong Su, the first Korean fashion model to work overseas and a television and fashion personality of the 1980s and 1990s, and father Norwell Coquillard from Chicago, Illinois, former chairman and president of Cargill Investment (China) Limited and Dartmouth College football player. Andre lived and studied throughout Asia in his youth and attended Seoul Foreign School in Grade 5 and 6 from 2001 to 2003. In September 2021, Andre returned to the School's campus where he assisted with Physical Health and Education classes, shared his story and answered student questions in sectional assemblies, and spent time with the Director of Sports and Director of Alumni Relations.
Upon learning that he was this year's recipient, Andre shared three key memories of SFS. "Firstly, the broad curriculum I had as a child has helped me develop as a more well-rounded adult. Secondly, I started participating in well-administered organized team sports at SFS. Looking back, I think my love for team sports and the dream of becoming a professional athlete is because of my time as an SFS Crusader. Lastly, my classmates from 2001-2003 are still my friends to this day! Every single one of my friends from SFS that I am still in contact with is living their best life. I didn't know it then, but it was a privilege to grow up alongside them and unknowingly I believe we pushed each other in the classroom, in the gym and on the field to help each other reach our goals."