Bob Latham – 2017

Not only was Bob a big part of the Dallas Harlequins success during the 20+ years they dominated Texas Rugby, but after his playing career and after three terms as Harlequins President, he went on to serve on the USA Rugby Board of Directors for 22 years, from 1994-2016. He was twice elected Chairman of USA Rugby.

Bob was also instrumental in USA Rugby attaining full membership in the USOC and in getting Rugby 7’s into the Olympic Games. He served as USA Rugby’s representative to the USOC from the USOC’s first recognition of USA Rugby in 1998 through rugby’s admission as an Olympic sport in 2009. For 4 years he was on the USOC Board of Directors.

He has impacted the sport not just at a Texas and national level, but at the global level as well. Bob was president of the (then) North American Caribbean Rugby Association from 2009-2013 and became a member of the (then) International Rugby Board Council in 2011 as the representative from NACRA. Later that year, he was elected to the IRB Executive Committee – the first American to be in such a position. His voice at the IRB was critical to USA Rugby getting its own seat on the IRB Council in 2016. He has remained on the (now) World Rugby Executive Committee for 11 years and has chaired the World Rugby Regulations Committee for 10 years.