Friday appointed Men's Eagles Sevens head coach

Friday appointed Men's Eagles Sevens head coach

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced Friday Mike Friday will become the next Men’s Eagles Sevens head coach.

Friday will work alongside National Development Director for the Men’s Eagles Sevens Alex Magleby and Assistant Coach Chris Brown while continuing his duties at London Scottish for the 2014-15 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Friday and Brown will implement a new training regimen for the Eagles Sevens program at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. This will replicate the program the two put in place as head coach and assistant coach, respectively, of the Kenya Sevens national team during the 2012-13 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series circuit. Friday and Brown improved the team’s 12th-place 2011-12 finish to fifth in just one season. Kenya also reached the third-place match at IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013.

As head coach of the England sevens team from 2002 to 2006, Friday won four consecutive Hong Kong Sevens Cups – a feat no team has managed since – and back-to-back Dubai Sevens and London Sevens titles. In all, Friday won 11 Cups during his time with England and led the team to its only medal at a Commonwealth Games in 2006. He also represented and captained his country on the circuit as a player.

“I am naturally delighted and excited about the challenge of returning to the IRB World Sevens circuit and starting a new Sevens journey with the USA Eagles,” Friday said. “The program will be run much like how I implemented the successful performance cycle program in the past, which will allow me the ability to continue in my role as director of rugby at London Scottish.

“I am fortunate to have both the full support of London Scottish and the USA Eagles and look forward to an exciting season ahead for both club and country.”

The Eagles will get their first opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games – the first Olympics to include Rugby Sevens on the Games Program – during the upcoming 2014-15 Series. The season will begin in October at Gold Coast Sevens with London Sevens the final round of the nine-stop tour in May 2015.

The Eagles’ home leg of the circuit, USA Sevens, is scheduled for Feb. 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Mike has had enormous success on the Sevens circuit and we are delighted he has accepted this new challenge,” said USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville, who was Friday’s coach at London Wasps. “The players at the OTC have already begun working with Chris and first Men's Eagles High Performance Sevens camp next weekend will help kick off the season.”

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  • Guest - Verne Greene

    Looks like a step up, but there are more than 1 million registered male rugby players in England. In the U.S. there are fewer than 40,000. And for Kenyans, playing for the national team is a well-paying job. Kenyan national team sevens players earn an average $59,000 per year before performance bonuses. The Eagles can't touch that. Just saying'.

  • Guest - Verney Verne you dont know S@#t USA USA USA USA

    In reply to: Guest - Verne Greene

    Verney there are over 400,000 registered players and it is only growing

  • Guest - Brian Jackson

    This coaching duo will weed out the weaklings on the physical and technical side but on the practical side, loot or lack of it still needs urgent attention so USA Rugby needs to find some serious sponsorship and fast. Players who make it to the top should not have to be worried about making their next month's car payment their next months or supporting their family if they have one or the USA boys will continue to linger in the stressful world of "shamatuerism" while competing with fully professional athletes.

  • Guest - kenya1

    And just like that USA has won Gold in Rio..sad Kenyans couldn't keep him.He is good n changed Kenyan rugby... good luck friday

  • Guest - Addidas 15

    Well about bloody time, USA Rugby grew some balls,got rid of Hawkins who couldn't coach to save himself or his job and appointed A recognised specialist 7,s coach in Friday.
    Fridays honeymoon will be short lived,produce the results Mike or as you know the gullitine could come down on you to.
    His experience as a renowned 7,s coach will help this group of athletes,and I'm sure we will see a huge improvement in the style they play and the results they achieve .
    Watching with interest again after a year of "shit sevens" served up by Hawkins as coach.
    Watching again with interests at the US 7,s team 2014/15.