O'Sullivan Opts to Not Reapply for Eagles Job
BOULDER, Colo. -- After two years at the helm of the USA Rugby Men's National Team, the Eagles, Eddie O'Sullivan has decided to stay closer to home in Europe and not reapply for the Men's National Team coaching position that will open later this week.
"On behalf of USA Rugby, I'd like to thank Eddie for his time here and I think the Eagles' performance at the Rugby World Cup speaks volumes about him and the way he prepared the team," said USA Rugby CEO, Nigel Melville.
"Moving forward, we'll seek applications for the Men's National Team head coaching job and are looking forward to choosing the person who will continue to move both the Eagles and American rugby forward."
O'Sullivan took over the Eagles in 2009, after resigning as head coach of Ireland after leading the Irish during one of the most successful periods in Irish rugby history.
As coach of the Eagles, O'Sullivan was charged with developing American athletes, but also with developing his American coaching staff and imparting his knowledge of international coaching to them. While at times the USA job wasn't as glamorous as coaching a Six Nations team like Ireland, O'Sullivan has always admired the spirit and heart of American rugby and the Eagles.
The Eagles showed that heart in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, winning a key matchup against emerging rivals Russia and gaining the admiration of thousands of fans in New Zealand and around the world by putting in impressive efforts against Ireland, Australia, and Italy.
His appointment as head coach in 2009 wasn't O'Sullivan's first foray into American rugby. He was involved in coach development in the 1990s and was assistant coach of the Eagles in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
USA Rugby would like to thank the coach for his contributions to the Men's National Team and wish him the best of luck in the future.