Overview: The Head Coach position is responsible for all aspects of the Eagles Men’s program including planning and development, team preparation and oversight of administrative and logistical functions. The Head Coach will work with all National team Head Coaches, 7s and 15s, and work with all development pathway teams and their coaches.
The Head Coach will report directly to the USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer/President of Rugby Operations. The Head Coach will supervise Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, Athletic Trainers/Physiotherapists and others as assigned, and work closely with all National 7s and 15s coaches.
Responsibilities include: • Applying an effective combination of personal attributes and skills, strong leadership and inspirational communication skills in order to manage a dynamic and diverse team environment.
• Identifying, assessing, selecting and recruiting player talent, locally and internationally.
• Designing, planning and implementing a coaching program that supports participants’ developmental needs including incorporating periodization, team and individual player development, game planning considering team, opponent and environmental characteristics and session planning based on evaluation of team and individual play.
• Overseeing the management of all administrative and logistical support for the program, staff and players including creation and maintenance of team plan and attendant budget, assessment of progress against plan and periodic reporting.
• Assisting the development of specialist, and age grade coaches to develop their own coaching skills and techniques.
• Liaising with the Coach Development Program, Regional Academies, Elite Coaches, and others to improve the standard of rugby throughout the United States based on standard practice.
• Assisting the USA Rugby Coach Development Program in developing the coaching skills and techniques of national, regional and elite level coaches such as assistant, specialist, and age grade coaches.
Skills/Aptitude: Any combination of experience and education that demonstrates: • A passion for coaching at the international level. • Ability to create a suitable international coaching environment. • Ability to work with others in a pressured environment. • 7s and 15s literate. • A strong commitment to nurturing and developing coaches. • A well balanced constructive interpersonal style.
Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:
1. Are you currently eligible to work in the United States? 2. Have you ever coached Rugby?
Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a try with about 15 minutes left to ensure Biarritz would win their Heineken Cup match against Saracens.
With the score still tight at 8-3, USA wing Ngwenya broke free for a crucial score that put Biarritz 15-3 up against the English club, which started USA players Chris Wyles at fullback and Hayden Smith at lock.
Saracens scored late to rescue a bonus point. Saracens is still in first place in Pool 5 in the Heineken Cup, but just barely in a tight race between them, Biarritz, and the Ospreys, who shockingly only tied Treviso.
Kevin Swiryn is in the starting lineup for Agen’s Amlin Challenge Cup match against Brive on Sunday, which is good news for the USA wing.
Swiryn lost his USA starting job to James Paterson during the World Cup, right at the time he felt he was returning to form.
Back at Agen in the South of France, Swiryn has had some work to do to break back into the starting lineup. Last week he came on as a sub and scored a try. A La Vila player tried to clear the ball from his tryline. The ball bounced downfield and into the arms of an Agen player. Swiryn saw space on the outside and came racing in, called for the ball, sidestepped a defender, and was in. Good, heads up play from Swiryn, and now he’s in the starting 15.
“It was nice to get on the field and then score as well,” Swiryn told RUGBYMag.com. “It's been tough to get time since returning because our team did well while I was gone, and continues to. Therefore, squeezing into the mix is tough while everyone is playing so well.”
But Swiryn, who struggled personally through a difficult spring, is pleased to be back with a team that perhaps fits his way of playing better.
“It's great to be back in France and just to be in one place for awhile,” he said. “I really enjoy playing for my coach here and with understanding the language better I'm still learning stuff every session. Our backs coach is a lot like [St. Mary’s Head Coach] Tim O'Brien; he does a lot of skill work and prepares you to play by learning how to react to situations rather than have things set in stone. He loves using the word, ‘adaptation.’”
Asked if he suffered from a lack of confidence through 2011, Swiryn said he didn’t. He felt his play improved against Canada and against Japan, where he scored both of the USA’s tries, was one of his best games as an Eagle.
“I don't feel I ever lost [confidence], and therefore I still have it,” he said.
But changing between the Agen way and the USA way was difficult – just as it was difficult for Seta Tuilevuka to switch between the Montpellier way and the USA way.
“It's more about getting used to changing all the time,” said Swiryn. “How I play rugby here in France and how I had to play on the USA team are two completely different styles. Whether one is better than the other isn't the point, it's that they're opposite and when you change so drastically it's difficult to get comfortable.”
Agen (in red) highlights v. La Vila. See 4:00 for Swiryn's try.
Matt Hawkins is so used to playing with pain, he feels almost weird playing without it.
But that’s what the USA 7s team forward will be able to do next weekend at the Australia 7s in Gold Coast, Queensland.
“The last half of last season I was really banged up and sore,” Hawkins told RUGBYMag.com. “My main focus since then has been to get back from my surgeries. I had two surgeries and they’ve relieved a lot and I am feeling 100 times better.”
He knew he had to get fit, too, to make the team.
“I wouldn’t have come to camp if I wasn’t confident I could play,” he said. “It’s just been nice to get back and feel fresh again. I feel like I can do pretty much everything I’ve been able to do before. It just doesn’t hurt as much.”
The team Hawkins rejoins is not an unfamiliar one. Only Folau Niua among the 12 going to Australia is a player he’s unfamiliar with.
“I haven’t played with Folau, but I’ve seen him several times and I know the skills he brings to the table,” Hawkins said. “It’s exciting to be on the team with him and it’s exciting to be starting the World Series again. Overall we have a great team. It’s good to see Mike [Palefau] and Nick [Edwards], who is a real good friend of mine, on the team. They bring a wealth of experience and are great players.”
Philadelphia, Pa. – On Friday, November 25th, for the third year in a row, local high school and collegiate rugby players will participate in the Josias A. Sterling Memorial “Apple Pie 7s” Rugby Tournament to honor the memory of Josias A. Sterling, the former St. Joseph’s Prep High School and Temple University player lost his life when swept away by a riptide in July 2009.
Previously featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Rugby Magazine, this annual tournament has had tremendous growth over the past three years. It is the primary fundraising vehicle for the Josias A. Sterling Aquatic Education Program which provides 100 at-risk youth with scholarship funding each year to attend six-week aquatic education sessions at the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center in Philadelphia. Legendary swimming coach Jim Ellis, inspiration of the 2007 film Pride, will be attending this year’s event to represent the work that is being done at the Community Center in conjunction with the Josias A. Sterling Aquatic Education Program.
“It is the wishes of Marie and Jean Sterling, along with our hope and intent, to transform a terrible tragedy into something extremely positive,” said Bill Gregory, one of Josias’ former coaches, friend of the Sterling family and event organizer. “We are making this possible through our commitment to provide swim lessons to children in need. The Josias A. Sterling Memorial Fund is providing $50,000 over the next 5 years to give 500 children and their families the opportunity to receive aquatic education with the ultimate goal of avoiding another drowning tragedy.”
The 3rd Annual Josias A. Sterling Memorial “Apple Pie 7s” Rugby Tournament is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 25th, from Noon to 4pm at Edgely Field in East Fairmount Park. The teams, made up of high school and collegiate rugby players, will compete in quick, action-packed seven-on-seven 14-minute matches. For the first time, the 3rd Annual Tournament will include women teams.
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