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Former Team USA Women's 7s head coach Ric Suggitt passed away at the age of 58 from a medical complication Tuesday, reports the University of Lethbridge athletic department, where Suggitt coached the Pronghorn women's team. The announcement states Suggitt passed away with his family by his side.
Suggitt coached the USA women from 2010-2015, seeing the team through a third-place finish at the 2013 Sevens World Cup and fourth-, seventh- and fifth-place finishes in the '12/'13, '13/'14 and '14/'15 World Series, respectively. After narrowly missing out on the first wave of qualification for the Olympics by finishing in the top four of the '14/'15 Series, Suggitt's Eagles scorched all comers in the North American qualifier. However, he was let go that September, taking the job at Leftbridge before parting ways with USA Rugby.
Prior to coaching the USA, he coached the senior men's and women's 15s teams for Canada. He coached the Canadian women in from 1999-2003, when he transitioned to coaching the men, leading them through the 2007 World Cup. Suggitt was a gregarious, well-like figure in the North American rugby community.