CHULA VISTA, CA – USA Rugby and Richie Walker today announced Walker’s resignation as Head Coach of the Women’s Eagle Sevens. Walker moves on from the position after holding it since 2016. Men’s Sevens Assistant Coach, Chris Brown, will step in as interim Head Coach effective immediately.
USA Rugby General Manager of Women’s High Performance, Emilie Bydwell, noted, “Myself and USA Rugby would like to thank Richie for playing a significant part in the development of the Women’s program these last several years. Richie’s energy, passion and personality have left a long lasting legacy on the Women’s National Team programs. We wish him and his family the very best of luck in the next phase of rugby career.”
Walker added, “I would like to thank USA Rugby for all they have done for me. A tough decision and I wish the next Head Coach all the best with the program.”
Men’s Sevens Assistant Coach, Chris Brown, will assume the role as Interim Head Coach with camp resuming in early September. Brown has been working in Chula Vista with both the Men’s and Women’s programs, having supported skills coaching and physical performance with the Women’s Sevens over the past season.
USA Rugby will immediately begin a process to identify and confirm the permanent successor and look to have the full time position filled prior to the 2018 Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series opener in Glendale, CO.