Jim Wolfinger, the architect of Eagle Rugby which has produced unmatched championship success while instilling and nurturing a champions for life spirit, has been elected to the Texas Rugby Union Hall of Fame, the ultimate individual recognition for his contributions as a coach, player and referee, a consistent driving force promoting and developing the game.
“There were a list of dreams … like to see a Hall of Fame … like to be in it … like to see a high profile international game on the big stage in Houston (BBVA Compass Stadium) … like to build a high school program that served as the model throughout the state … like to see the high school game elevate and the participation numbers grow all the way to the grassroots. It’s all happened. And I’m so grateful and honored to have played a small part.”
Wolfinger will be celebrated during a ceremony September 9 at the Hilton Post Oak among the second class of inductees which also includes Paul Mabry, whose son Rob ‘11 was a consistent contributor to the 2011 Eagle state champions and the 2011 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant recipient from the U.S. Rugby Foundation.
Wolfinger founded the St. Thomas program in 1999, and under his direction with valuable assistant Brett Mills, Eagle Rugby produced a ground-breaking run of statewide acclaim that crafted a nationally ranked identity.
The Eagles first broke through with a Division I Texas State Rugby state championship in 2002 and then proceeded to win five more titles in six years from 2008-2013, capped by a 26-16 victory over Austin Westlake that earned the Eagles an unprecedented third consecutive crown.