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Kevin Hartley

By MTB, 04/30/19, 2:45PM EDT


2019 Inductee - Relentless pursuit of excellence

Tennessee Rugby 2003 - 2008

Presenter:  Butch Robertson

In the spring of 2003, I had the opportunity to watch a high school all-star team from Middle Tennessee play on Fulton Bottoms against a team out of North Carolina.  I was particularly interested because I understood we had at least one senior on that team and several juniors who were headed our way.  The Middle Tennessee team crushed their opponents and in the process one player who was going to enroll in UT in the fall scored several times and exhibited a youthful exuberance for celebration.  I had the opportunity to chat with him after the match and somehow in that conversation managed to create the impression that I was going to bust his chops when he got here which was not my intention at all.  He actually considered not playing but the wise words of Marty Bradley prevailed upon the young man to give the Old Guy a second chance.

Over the next five years of his playing career, I had the opportunity to enjoy a number of displays of his passion and intensity on the field as he carved out quite a career for himself.  I have also come to believe that he found out during that time that I wasn’t as much of an idiot as he initially thought.

And quite a career it was.

His passion and intensity led his teammates to elect him to the position of match secretary and two consecutive terms as club president.  Two seemed to be his lucky number as he was a two-time Ultimate Man and a two-time Iron Man

He also received a Volunteer Scholarship and a Sexton Scholarship while he was a player.

His work ethic was recognized by other Campus Organizations.  He was a member of the UT Club Sports Student Executive Council for two years.  He was recognized in 2004 as the Sports Clubs rookie of the Year.  In 2006 he was voted the Outstanding Sports Clubs Office of the year.  In 2007 he was the Sports Clubs Participant of the year and the winner of the Ira T Slinger Jr. Award for Excellent Club Sports Athlete.

The awards didn’t stop there.  He was named as a member of the All South Select Side and a USA Rugby All American in 2005 and 2008

While all that was going on, he managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude in Political Science and enter Law school in 2007.  He continued to play his first year in Law School and then became an assistant coach for two years.  As if he didn’t have enough to do, he was a member of the Order of Barristers, the National Moot Court Team, the National Trial Team and receive both the John F Schrankel and A. J. Graves Memorial Scholarships.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude in the spring of 2010.

He moved back to his home town of Nashville after graduation where he established a real estate development company and Co-Founded the law firm of Trust Tree Legal P.C. .  He is currently President of that organization  
He continued to be involved in the sport by becoming a SMAC referee and helping coach Vanderbilt from 2013 to 2015.  

He has been a regular contributer to the Volunteer Rugby Foundation and has served as a Board member since 2014.

He continues to serve the University as a member of the University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Council which is an advisory board to the Dean of the School.  He was also a member of the Tennessee College of Law Faculty Committee for Pro Bono and Public Interest for two years.

He also committed to the City in which he lives.  He was a Co-Founder and former vice president of the Nashville Symphony Crescendo Club – a symphony support group for young professionals.  He is a board member of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center as well as a Member of that organization’s Executive Committee.  He was also a board member for Dismas House, an organization that is dedicated to reconciling offenders with victims in a way that leads for better outcome for both individuals.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that he added the role of Father to his resume.  He and his wife Sarah had their first child, Mason, on March 23 of this year.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I introduce an outstanding New Member of University of Tennessee Rugby Club’s Captain’s Circle – Kevin Hartley.