2017 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee
San Diego, CA (March 28, 2017) - Dave Hodges was born on September 15th,
1968 in Long Beach, California. Hodges first encountered the game of rugby as
he watched the Belmont Shore Rugby Club practice and play on the same field as
his junior high school football team. Hodges enrolled at Occidental College to play
football and later began his rugby career during his freshman year. While at
Occidental, Hodges was a two-time, dual All-American in rugby and football.
In 1995, Hodges continued his career with the Old
Mission Beach Athletic Club and was a member of the 1996 National Championship
team. From 1996-2004, Hodges was selected to play for the U.S. Rugby Men’s Eagles
and became one of the most-capped Eagles in history, earning 53 international
caps in the backrow during an eight-year career. He was captain for more than
half of the games he played in a U.S. jersey and was named USA Rugby Athlete
of the Year in 2005.
Hodges established himself as one of the most
internationally recognized American players overseas, having had great success
in his professional career in stints with the Llanelli Rugby Football Club and
a one year stint with Bridgend Rugby Football Club. In 2001 and 2002, he was
named Player of the Year for the Llanelli Scarlets and was an inaugural representative for the Welsh Rugby Players' Association.
Hodges began his coaching career in 2005, as he
was named the head coach for the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans, Assistant
U.S. National Team Coach, High Performance Manager, and Game Development
Officer for USA Rugby. Shortly after, Hodges became the head coach for the
Denver Barbarians Rugby Club for the next two seasons.
Dave is heavily involved in the rugby community and
has served on the Board of Directors for USA Rugby and an advocate for youth
rugby development. Today, Hodges remains active in the rugby community as the General Manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team, overseeing all aspects of the program.