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So you want to coach an International Team?
By Ivan Calhoun
November 3, 1999

The USA National Team, the Eagles, are looking for a new head coach. In an effort to cast a wide net they have turned to a new unusual tactic, use of the Internet.

Former head coach Jack Clark announced this past year that he would step down from the position after the USA's attendance of the Rugby World Cup. After their 3 and out performance he followed through with his commitment. Clark

though does steadfastly remain at the helm as he retains his title as general manager of all USA National Team programs. Clark is also head coach of one of the USA's premier collegiate rugby programs at the University of California.


Early speculation considered USA assistants Michael DeJong or Eddie O'Sullivan as probable replacements. O'Sullivan though unexpectedly resigned this week to join the Irish coaching staff in Dublin leaving two holes, the assistant

position and USA Rugby's National Technical Director. In a USA National Team's press release praising O'Sullivan's contributions to the Eagle program, Clark though took an unexpected swipe at current Irish head coach Warren Gatland when he said about O'Sullivan "He is an accomplished coach with a bright future. If the Irish are smart, they won't delay in naming him their head coach."


Outside of the USA National Team camp, considerable hope has developed that a Southern Hemisphere coach will be brought in to repair a program that gives up 50 points a match on a regular basis of recent and went 3 and 10 in 1999. As reported at scrum.com last week, even high level club programs such as Huntington Beach have recognized the need for much higher level coaching than is available domestically. Huntington Beach hired former Eastern Province Currie Cup coach Johan Kluyts who joins other South African and Australian coaches in the USA such as Hendrik Viljoen at the Denver Harlequins and Matt Rainey formerly of Oregon Sports Union.

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