The Houston Strikers have named an experienced name as they fist head coach. Justin Fitzpatrick comes to the team after leading the Seattle Saracens since 2013 and being an assistant on the Eagles World Cup team in 2015. Major League Rugby members the Strikers are the only team in the new competition starting from scratch. Having an experienced and trusted coach like Fitzpatrick join the competition only bolsters the credibility behind Major League Rugby.
This is the release from the Strikers:
Houston Strikers is proud to welcome Justin Fitzpatrick as their Head Coach. Justin commenced his professional playing career at London Irish (1994-1998). In 1998, he joined Ulster Rugby where he helped them to be the first Irish team to win the prestigious European Cup. In the same year, Justin was selected to play for Ireland. He spent a total of ten seasons with Ulster interrupted by two seasons with Castres Olympique. When he retired from playing, Justin had amassed 26 Irish caps and a forward record of 156 Ulster caps.
Justin began his coaching career at the Dungannon RFC and in 2013 moved to the Seattle Saracens helping both clubs to multiple league triumphs. Justin is also an assistant coach for the USA Eagles helping them qualify for the 2015 World Cup.