BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced Sunday the arrival of Chris Brown at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Brown will be joining the program this week as assistant coach of the Men’s Eagles Sevens. Brown joins USA Rugby from his former role as assistant coach and head of performance of the Kenyan National Sevens program.
Brown helped guide the Kenyan team to its best performance on the 2012-13 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series and a World Cup Semifinal appearance.
Brown will join the Eagles as assistant coach, where his duties will include:
- Deliver a high performance strength and conditioning program equal to any other core nation on the Sevens circuit, including travel and tournament protocols, regeneration and nutrition.
- Lead the fundamental skill development of core rugby skills at the OTC outside of camps and tournaments.
- Serve as lead sevens kicking coach.
- Mentor and develop sevens-specific strength and conditioning coaches.
- Deliver educational workshops on aspects of strength and conditioning and skill development.
“We are delighted that Chris will be joining the program,” USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville said. “He has a proven track record working with elite teams in sevens as both a skills coach and conditioner. These are critical areas of development for our squad going into next season and Chris will certainly challenge the squad to be the best that they can possibly be and take the squad to new heights.”
The Eagles program will be overseen by former Eagles coach Alex Magleby, who has been responsible for the development of the talent identification pathway in his new role as National Development Director of the Men’s Eagles Sevens. Magleby will be responsible for connecting the National Academy network of sevens partners and the high school and university age-grade programs with the Olympic program in San Diego. The new head coach of the Eagles will be announced shortly once the contractual process has been completed.
Melville will present to the squad the 2014-15 Series program Monday, setting out the expectations for the year ahead.
“We will continue to run the off-site residency program at the OTC,” Melville said, “but we also want to open up opportunities for our National Academy players to compete for places on the program and to represent the Eagles. For those who watched the Elite City Sevens event in Houston last month, it is obvious that we are developing depth and quality in our player pool. It is our goal to provide the best of these athletes with opportunities to compete for a place on the Eagles team.
“This will be achieved by developing a strong relationship between the program at the Olympic Training Center and the individual Academy coaches and conditioners.”
In order to achieve this, the Eagles will hold regular High Performance camps throughout the season providing the Eagles with strong competition ahead of each circuit event and creating more competition for places within the team.
“Current residency contracts have been extended for a further month to allow the new coaching staff to assess the players and decide who they want their core players to be,” said Melville. “The players will begin their pre-season program this week, and an initial High Performance Camp will be held at the end of the month. Competition for places is stronger now than at any time in the past.”
Melville also announced the setting up of a National Sevens Technical Panel to be chaired by Magleby that will monitor developments in both the men’s and women’s sevens game and make recommendations to the High Performance staff.