Paul Horne
Inducted 2015
Builder

Paul Horne made a significant contribution to rugby in British Columbia as a coach at the club, provincial and national levels from 1979 to 2011. After playing with Western Washington College (Bellingham) he took over as a player/coach with Chuckanut Bay RFC in 1975 and guided them to the Western Washington State divisional championship in 1976, 1978 and 1982. During this time, Horne started the rugby program at Semiahmoo Secondary School where he spent 23 years guiding his team to 16 Fraser Valley titles and two provincial championships, in 1988 and 1995. An impressive statistic was that Semiahmoo finished in the top three schools in the provincial championships 15 times between 1983 and 2002.

A firm believer that touring was a part of every player's development, Horne made 12 overseas tours with his teams to Great Britain, France and the Southern Hemisphere. The premier Seven's tournament in the Pacific Northwest, the Can-Am Summer Sevens in Ferndale, Washington, was the brain-child of Horne in 1978 and he was still a director in 2014. From 1988 to 2004 he was a Course Conductor for the National Coaching Certification Program (N.C.C.P.)

Horne started the Semiahmoo Old Boys RFC in 1982, coached the Fraser Valley Venom in the Rugby Canada Super League in 1997 and Bayside RFC from 1998 to 2001. From 2003-2009 he was the head coach of Chuckanut Youth out of Bellingham, the forwards coach at the University of British Columbia in 2010-2011 and the Director of the Western Washington University men's program from 2012-2014.

In 1984, Horne added provincial team responsibilities to his already busy schedule by coaching British Columbia's Under 19 team to the national titles from 1984-1989 and 1994-95, and winning the Canada Games Gold Medal in 1985.

At the national level, Horne was the head coach of Canada Under 21 from 1990 to 1992, Canada under 23 from 1994 to 1996, Canada Under 19 in 1996-97 and assistant coach of the Under 19 Rugby World Cup team in Ireland in 2005. With the senior men, he was an assistant coach in 1996 and 1998 to 2002.

Paul Horne's accomplishments as a coach at many age levels and willingness to promote and develop rugby for 32 years were worthy of his selection as a builder of rugby in this province.


     
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