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Michael Hodge Joins Dallas Jackals as Head Coach

October 8, 2021 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - Dallas Jackals News Release


The Dallas Jackals today announce the signing of Australian Michael Hodge as Head Coach. Currently Sydney University FC (SUFC) Head of High Performance, Hodge brings the knowledge, dedication, and passion needed to build the Jackals in the 2022 Inaugural Season and beyond.

"I'm incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity. The challenge ahead is an exciting one and I'm looking forward to working with the Jackals staff, players, and the entire DFW community," Hodge said. "We have a unique opportunity to start something new and I hope we can inspire the next generation of rugby players and engage plenty of new rugby fans along the way!"

As a former NSW Waratah, Australian Sevens center/wing, and an ACT Brumbies Academy player, Hodge brings a wide range of professional experience to Dallas. Hodge also attended Sydney University, the oldest rugby union club playing in Australia, competing with the 1st Team winning the 2012 Shute Shield Premiership.

Hodge started his coaching career at Cranbrook School and the Combined Associated Schools representative team, before returning to his previous club SUFC as Director of Rugby and 1st Team Co-Head Coach. During his time at SUFC the club shared many successes leading to Hodge being promoted to Head of High Performance, focusing on the development of the 1st Team and 2nd Team squads.

Jackals GM Elaine Vassie said, "With our aims to play an entertaining style of rugby and develop domestic talent, we set out to find a coach who was people first in his approach, passionate about facilitating an environment to learn, and has a desire to do this through modified game play. Through a very extensive search, Michael stood out as someone who thinks of the whole person first and is excited by the prospect of this truly being a coaching role which promotes a journey where we invest in people, not a week to week process."

Hodge elevated his coaching career being appointed NSW Rugby 7s Head Coach, Australia's Super Select 7s Head Coach, and Oceania 7s Championship Head Coach during the 2020/21 campaigns.

"Michael is smart, creative, and his values and goals align beautifully with ours," said Jackals President Scott Sonju. "He will resonate with our players and this community as he helps build a great culture."

"The way that Scott and Elaine first spoke about their vision for the Jackals was infectious and I immediately felt aligned." Hodge continued, "They, along with all the staff, have been working incredibly hard and there's still plenty more to be done before the 2022 season. I can't wait to get to Texas and get started."

Welcome to the Pack Michael!

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