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Ric Suggitt Appointed New Head Coach of U.S. Women's Sevens Team

Jan. 11, 2010, 12 a.m. (ET)

USA Rugby announced that Ric Suggitt has been named the new Women's National Sevens Team Head Coach. 

Suggitt joins the Eagles after four years in charge of the Canadian Men's National Team and takes over for Sue Parker, who recently relinquished her position at the helm of the Women's Sevens Team.

"I am honored to be selected as the new Head Coach for the USA Women's Sevens program. I am very familiar with the North American rugby landscape and look forward to working within USA Rugby system. The timing for me is perfect, my batteries are recharged and my family and friends are excited about the prospects of linking up with the USA Rugby organization," Suggitt said.

Following a successful reign with the Canadian team, Suggitt has accepted the challenge of working with and developing the Women's program in the United States.

"I hope to bring some international experience and to build on the most recent success of the last Sevens World Cup," Suggitt added.

"I am delighted that we have been able to find a coach for our Women's Sevens Team who has so much international experience in both men's and women's rugby," USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville said. "The interview process was very competitive and now I look forward to working with Ric in his new role and help to develop a world class sevens program.

As a player, Suggitt had to leave the game at a young age because of a number of serious shoulder injuries. He then turned his attention to coaching. He has over 20 years of experience, starting his coaching career at Clansmen Rugby Club. In 1999, Suggitt joined the Canadian national organization and has since enjoyed success in the Youth, Men's, and Women's programs. Most noticeably, he succeeded in reaching the Rugby World Cup with the Men in 2007.

"There are no secrets in this game," Suggitt finished. "We will work hard to find the correct formula that will make the program successful. We will need to compliment our fitness with our skill level to reach our ultimate goal."

The U.S. Women's first test under Suggitt will be at the 2010 Women's International Sevens event in Las Vegas, Feb. 12 and 14.

For more information on the Women's National Sevens Team, please visit www.usarugby.org/goto/womens_sevens.