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Monday, September 14, 2015

Suggitt Out As Women Eagles 7s Coach


Despite guiding his team to a fifth place finish on the Women's Sevens World Series and qualification for the Olympics Women Eagles 7s coach Ric Suggitt will not have his contract renewed by U.S.A. Rugby. According to U.S.A. Rugby and new coach has already been selected and will be announced on September 16th. Suggitt's contract is set to expire in December 2015. The former Canada coach has been in charge of the Women Eagles 7s since 2010. Suggitt was well liked by the players and was instrumental in bringing over crossover athletes like Alev Kelter and Jessica Javelet into the program.  The Women Eagles did see success under this tenure and after a period of rebuilding look like medal contenders in Rio.

In a statement U.S.A. Rugby CEO Nigel Melville said “I would like to thank Ric for his hard work and commitment to developing the women’s full time program at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. It was not an easy decision to make a change but we have to become increasingly competitive against the top-three nations in the world in order to win a medal in Rio and any changes that we need to make have to be made now, not in 2016.”

4 comments:

  1. I think this is a fair move. Too many lopsided losses to the principle competitors for medal contention at the Olympics.

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    1. That move should have been made sooner. Not less than a year before the Olympics. Fair choice, yes, but crap timing.

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  2. I'm not sure it is fair to say he was "well liked" by the players. Word is that some may have filed official grievances against him with USA Rugby. He may have been instrumental in bringing Javalet and Kelter to the team (which was great), but he was equally instrumental in Javalet's surprise and abrupt departure. Hoping that she comes back for consideration under the new coach. (See http://www.rugbytoday.com/elite/javelet-villines-leave-7s-team)

    This move should have come sooner, but I do thank Ric for his dedication to the sport and wish he and his family well. Looking forward to supporting the women and the new coach in cheering them on in the 7s World Series and in Rio!

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  3. "The gap between the top four in the world and the USA is widening, and we need to narrow that gap," Melville told Goff Rugby Report. "We're going to the Olympics, and that's great, but we don't want to go just to go - we want to really compete and win a medal or be there competing for one. Ric has done a lot to help build the program. We've learned a lot about the game and the [World Series] circuit. But we have to close that gap."

    Looks like the gap has widen

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