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Former Team USA assistant coach Richie Walker has supplanted Julie McCoy as the Eagles' head coach. McCoy was ousted Monday, and Walker was announced as her replacement Tuesday.
Walker, formerly of the San Diego Surfers and Old Aztecs, as well as an Atavus coach, was brought into the National Team by Ric Suggitt during the 2012/2013 season. When Suggitt was pushed out in September, he worked with McCoy, who was hired to coach through the Olympics, for a brief time before she decided to make a change and bring in Chris Ryan. McCoy was removed after just two stops on the World Series. Player unrest was at the root of both regime changes.
"Richie is an obvious choice to move the team towards the goals laid out for Rio," said USA Rugby drector of performance Alex Magleby. "We need minimal disruptions moving forward, and Richie and the team have been a capable combination previously, both via development tours and formerly overseeing the skill improvements in the player pool at the Olympic Training Center."