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Bob Hampstead

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


2018 Inductee - the original ironman

The original Iron Man of Tennessee Rugby

Bob Hampstead

Bob Hampstead played for the Volunteers from 1973 to 1979. During that time he was an anchor at prop for Tennessee. During the 1977-1978 year he was awarded the Ironman.  Created that year, the Ironman was presented to the player that played in every A side and B side match for the entire academic year.  In 1977-1978 that accounted for over 50 matches.

In 1980 he was part of the founding group of men that separated from UT Rugby and formed the Knoxville Rugby Club where he played and held leadership roles until 1983.  After two years in Augusta, GA Bob returned to Knoxville and began a exhaustive list of volunteer and leadership roles in the rugby community including: Coach of Powell High School and development of Rookie Rugby. He has served on the boards of Smoky Mountain Athletic Club and as President of  the Knoxville Rugby Club. 

Bobby Hampstead - the original Ironman and a true servant of the game of rugby in Tennessee.