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Jim Pyles

By MTB, 11/20/18, 10:30AM EST

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2018 Inductee

Founding Member of Rugby at the University of Tennessee

Jim Pyles

In September of 1970, a contact sport-loving butterfly from Virginia named Jim Pyles flapped his wings…when he carried an oversized, egg-shaped ball to the intramural fields next to the old aquatic center. A group of nearby students came by, and fascinated by the egg, joined in passing the ball around. Then, someone had the idea that they should organize.  In short order…University of Tennessee Rugby was born.

Jim played here from 1970 - 1972. After leaving, he would play for a decade for the Chesapeake Rugby Club in Baltimore, finally hanging up the boots at 43.

Since leaving UT Law School, Jim Pyles has become one of the preeminent health care policy attorneys in the nation. In 1983, helped found the D.C. firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter, and Verville, one of the largest and most prominent health law and policy firms in the nation.