"As a celebrated and accomplished coach of youth in many sports, Jarred Hodges is unsurpassed in the field of 'the sport they play in heaven - Rugby!'.Apart from his obvious talent to teach the rules and strategies of the game, Jarred has a magical ability to unify the hearts and dreams of kids from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds so that they may take their challenge to the greatest heights" Denise Smith, former Deputy Principle, Prairiewood High School
"I have known Jarred Hodges since 2008 and would have no hesitation in recommending him to any prospective employer both as a rugby coach, an educator and a man. In his many roles he consistently displays a genuine work ethic. He can always be relied upon to fulfil any demands made of him in an often challenging environment." Robbie Deans, former Wallaby Coach
Jarred is a Senior Student Engagement professional in Sports and Health Education whose philosophy echoes the book title by high-profile Australian Football Coach, Paul Roos, which is:
"Sport is Life, Life is Sport"
As a member of the University of Western Sydney's Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement and Employment, he is passionate about contributing to the empowerment and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities by using his professional skills and experience through sport and education.
He commenced employment at the University of Western Sydney in May 2014 as a Senior Project Officer, Student Engagement where he is working at raising the aspirations of Aboriginal students towards tertiary education – covering the Greater Western Sydney, Bathurst and Dubbo communities.
Prior to his new role at UWS, Jarred's career spanned fourteen years with Prairiewood High School as a Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teacher (PDHPE) and from 2008 as a high level Rugby Union Coach, currently National Men's Head Coach and 7's consultant with Philippines Rugby Football Union.
In 1987 Jarred commenced a Bachelor of Health Science, continuing his academic journey with a Diploma in Education (PDHPE) in 1998 and a Masters of Teaching in 2003, all at the University of Western Sydney.
His coaching qualifications include Level Three Rugby Union Coach, Level Two Strength and Conditioning Coach and an Australian Rugby Union Coach and Referee Assessor. Jarred's success as a Rugby Union coach is indicative of the number of teams that under his guidance have reached finals. His coaching roles have taken him from NSW School Rugby to Specialist Coach with the QANTAS Wallabies.
As a PDHPE Teacher at Prairiewood High School Jarred has been the instigator of the before school fitness program, encouraging a change in the poor lifestyle habits of students. This program commenced in 2002 with 30 students and 1 staff member and has grown today to over 270 students and 12 staff. He has also encouraged the recognition and celebration of Aboriginal culture, organizing an Aboriginal Cultural Day and NAIDOC week.
Jarred has been involved with the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (National Indigenous Rugby) for the last 15 years. The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team was established with the goal of introducing Rugby Union to young Indigenous men and women across Australia in the hopes of coupling athletics with academics. This has provided the opportunity to develop education opportunities for participants at numerous elite and private schools. Jarred also contributes to the Ella Rugby 7's tournament held annually at Coffs Harbour for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. This tournament connects Aboriginal communities and promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and culture.
Jarred is a descendant of the Kooma people from South Western Queensland, the Emu being their totem. Most recently the Kooma people received Native Title Determination.