Mike Friday

TeamMen's Sevens
RoleHead Coach
Emailmfriday@usarugby.org
Nationality
    Mike Friday became Head Coach of the USA Men's Eagles Sevens in July of 2014 where he made an immediate impact by improving the United States' 13th place finish in the 2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series to a 6th place finish in his first year.

    Originally born in Chichester, England, Friday played professional rugby for the London Wasps and Harlequins (15s) as well as captained the England national sevens team before becoming their player coach in 2001. After retiring from playing the following year, Friday continued his coaching duties until he became England's Head Coach in 2004.

    Serving his former team, Friday lead England to 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 2005-06 and 2004-05 World Rugby Sevens Series, respectively; becoming a 10-time Cup winner with 4 consecutive title victories at the Hong Kong Sevens Tournament. In his final year with the squad, Friday capped his victorious run by coaching England 7s to a medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

    In 2012, Friday accepted a position with Kenya's national sevens team where he lead the squad to a 5th place finish in the 2012-13 IRB Sevens World Series -- up 7 spots from their 12th place position the previous year - with a series high 99 points. Later that season, in the 2013 IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens, Friday coached the Kenyans to a 3rd place finish before his success earned him an appointment to the USA Men's Eagles Sevens the following year.

    Currently leading his squad both on and off the pitch, Friday focuses on player development across all levels of the sport with a dynamic that encourages athletic ability and personal growth for each member of his team.

    • Experience
      • 2014-Present: Consultant, London Scottish FC
      • 2012-13: Head Coach, Kenya 7s National Team
      • 2002-06: Head Coach, England 7s National Team
    • Honors & Achievements
      • 2012-13: Improved Kenya 7s from 12th to 5th in one season
      • 2013: Coached Kenya 7s to 3rd place at IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens
      • 2006: Coached England 7s to medal at Commonwealth Games
      • 2002-06: 10-time Cup winner with England 7s--includes 4 consecutive Hong Kong Sevens Cups