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For the fourth time in three years, the search is on for a new Team USA women's 7s coach, as Richie Walker's time has come to an end. The change has been announced as a resignation.
Walker took over midway through the 2015/2016 season for Julie McCoy, who served just two World Series tournaments before being jettisoned. She replaced the late Ric Suggitt in September of 2015.
Walker led the Eagles into the Rio Olympics, where they finished fifth. Over the course of two-and-a-half World Series seasons, Walker's teams amassed a losing record of 41-44, finishing fifth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Walker's teams showed flashes, reaching four semifinals and two finals. But they were inconsistent, as were Walker's selections. With just five tournaments before a home World Cup, Walker blooded 23 players. The 12 he took to San Francisco hadn't played together all season.
With the World Series kicking off in under two months, men's assistant coach Chris Brown has stepped in as interim head coach. The untimeliness of the move is compounded by the fact that the upcoming season is a qualifier for Tokyo 2020.