Jeff Hollings

Jeff Hollings was enrolled in Post Graduate Studies at the University of California Berkeley during 1973 and 1974, and he played for Cal and also assisted head coach Doc Hudson, during his final two years with the program.

In 1975, Hollings joined the Old Blues rugby team as captain and co-coach alongside Ron Mayes. During that time, the Old Blues gradually got better and won their first Northern California Club Championship in 1977 and their first Monterey tournament in 1978. They embarked on several Canadian trips beating James Bay, Canada’s top club team, twice in three years. In 1979 the first U.S. National Club Championship Tournament was held and the Old Blues were the inaugural champions after two overtime victories. Hollings was selected as the MVP of that inaugural National Championship.

The Old Blues went on to to win five consecutive National Club Championships. When Mayes was selected as the U.S. Men’s National Team, the Eagles, head coach in 1982, Hollings retired from playing and continued coaching with Whit Everett as co-coach/player/captain to win another three national club championships.

Hollings was selected for the Northern California representative team, the Pelicans, in 1978, and the Pacific Coast representative team, the Grizzlies, the same year. He played and captained both teams from 1979 through 1982. Hollings was selected for the U.S. representative team, the Cougars, on their tour to South Africa in 1978. In 1980, he was selected as vice-captain for the Eagles team to play the New Zealand All Blacks. Jeff was selected for the Eagles in 1979 and 1981 and participated in the test matches against Canada.Hollings coached the Pelicans from 1989 through 1994 and the Grizzlies from 1992 to 1996. He continued his involvement with rugby primarily at the high school level by working with a number of schools during their early years of introducing rugby.
From 1987 though 1999 Jeff was one of many that were involved in the technical development side of U.S.A. Rugby in two different time periods. He, along with Mayes and Jim Perkins, and 24 other top technical people, participated in the National Technical and Development Committee (NTDC). This included all four of the Territorial Coaches and Selectors plus many others. The NTP organized over 120 Coaching Accreditation clinics with in excess of 1,375 attendees. Hollings and most of the panel ended their involvement with the NTP in late 1999.