CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Al Caravelli has stepped down as the head coach of the USA Men’s Eagle Sevens team due to personal reasons, effective immediately.
Caravelli started his term as head coach in 2006 and led the USA to its first-ever Cup final appearance in Adelaide in 2010 and a bronze medal campaign at the 2011 Pan American Games.
"I'm stepping down for personal reasons and wish the program the best. I'm positive that my successor will get us back on track," said Caravelli. "I'll help out in the transition as much as USA Rugby needs and wants."
Caravelli also noted that the Men's Sevens team has a promising future.
"Going into a full-time environment is a great opportunity for USA Rugby and the future is very bright for the program," the coach said.
USA Rugby CEO and President of Rugby Operations, Nigel Melville, thanked Caravelli for his efforts.
“Al has certainly moved the team forward from when he took over in 2006. His approach to high performance rugby has laid the current foundation for the men's sevens team and we hope that he continues to stay involved with USA Rugby. We wish Al the best and sincerely thank him for his sacrifice and commitment to the Eagles," Melville said.
Information about the succeeding coach will be announced within the next 24 hours.