USA Rugby have appointed New York native and former assistant coach Mike Tolkin as the new head coach of the Eagles national team.
USA Rugby have appointed New York native and former assistant coach Mike Tolkin as the new head coach of the Eagles team.
Tolkin has coached in the U.S. at various levels since 1986 and has a solid record as a coach at high school, senior club, and international level.
He led Xavier H.S. in New York to three National Championships, six National Championship games, 17 National Championship semi-finals, and 20 Regional Championships.
In 2000 Tolkin also took the reins of then Division I now Rugby Super League (RSL) team, New York Athletic Club (NYAC). In 12 years, NYAC won three RSL National Championships and made a total of eight post-season appearances, including one in the Division I National Championship in 2001.
The Eagles finished fourth of five teams in their pool at last year's World Cup in New Zealand and will open their 2012 international season away to Canada in June before hosting Georgia and Italy later that month.
“I hope to build on our performance from the World Cup, qualify for the next one, and to mix in our new and upcoming players,” said Tolkin.
USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville added that Tolkin was worthy of his promotion.
“He has worked internationally and domestically as a head coach and understands well the challenges American players face. I know Mike is looking forward to continuing the work started by Eddie,” he said.