Elite Coach Development Program seeking applications from qualified, driven coaches

The Women's Eagles have announced the next cycle of the Elite Coach Development Program. Coaches are invited to apply to participate in this platform to enhance their coaching skills, participate within the Women's National Team Pathway, and have the potential to be part of the Elite Coach Pathway.

"The ECDP is designed to help coaches learn how to coach at the national team level," said USA Rugby Director of Performance Alex Magleby. "Participants will be exposed to the latest thinking of our national team coaches, to updated approaches to the game, and to the systems that the Eagles employ."

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The program will include a series of webinars where coaches will work with current national team staff. The webinars will be interactive and will require small group work between the coaches and Women's National team staff. The webinars will lead to the coaches actively coaching at the National All-Star Competitions with both Eagle and age-grade national team coaches.

"The opportunity to coach for the ECDP coaches is significant," said USA Rugby Women's Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg. "Over the summer there was so much growth and improvement by the ECDP coaches. Spending time with other elite coaches and talking about the game of rugby and the craft of coaching is something we do not do enough of in the U.S."

The development of the coaches will be supported by a team of coach advisors that will work with the coaches, identifying strengths and weaknesses, setting goals, and giving feedback.

"The coach advisors are critical to our development as coaches," said Steinberg. "We had a coach advisor at national team assemblies last summer and all coaches benefited from the experience."

Coaches that participate with the Elite Coach Development Program will be included in the Elite Coach Pathway and will be considered for national team roles next year. The best coaches will be invited to participate with the summer NASC and Stars and Stripes assemblies and there will be opportunities to work with the national teams themselves. This past summer, three ECDP coaches worked with national teams as coaches.

"It is our hope that future national team coaches will have experienced the Elite Coach Pathway," said Magleby. "They will have demonstrated the commitment and skills to coach at the next level."

The requirements for the ECDP include participation with four evening webinars in November and December and participation as a coach at the winter NASC Dec. 27 through Jan. 4 in Lakeland, Fla. Additionally, all coaches must be CIPPed and be in good standing with USA Rugby and hold a Level 200 coaching certification or international equivalent. The cost of the program is $900 and covers the webinars and all local food and lodging at the NASC. To apply, please complete the form below by Nov. 22.