USA Eagles sevens head coach to step down in June

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — USA Eagles sevens head coach Alex Magleby has announced he will be stepping down from his role with the Eagles when his contract expires after the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow next month.

Magleby began coaching the Eagles in March of 2012 and recently led the squad to three consecutive plate final appearances and two plate final victories in the most recent Sevens World Series. With the close of the 2013 season and the completion of a World Cup cycle, Magleby said he found it a fitting time to part ways with the program.

“Timing is much of life, and as we have tried to teach the players, there is a time and a place for most things, Magleby said in a USA Rugby press release. “The hard part is figuring out where those moments are and will be. My contract ends following the Rugby World Cup in Moscow, and with the subsequent start of the 3-year cycle into the Rio Olympics, now is the right time for transition.”

USA Rugby CEO and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville said he is saddened to see Magleby go, but understands the personal choice his head coach has made.

“I am personally and professionally disappointed that Alex has made the decision to step down as head coach of the men’s Eagles sevens team following the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. Alex has made great strides with the squad during the last 12 months and we will be sorry to see him go. I know this has been a very tough decision for Alex and wish him every success in the future.”

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