CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Richie Walker will lead the Women’s Eagles Sevens program through the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, USA Rugby announced Tuesday, following Jules McCoy’s release from the United States Olympic Committee’s Olympic Training Center.

Walker has been a long-time servant of USA Rugby and the growth of rugby in the United States, most recently receiving the appointment to coach Southern California Youth Rugby’s elite girls Griffins program. In addition to traveling the country via ATAVUS Academy camps and Women’s Eagles Pathway scouting opportunities, Walker has also coached national development teams in tournaments at home and abroad, including in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Walker worked alongside Ric Suggitt throughout the previous Eagles head coach’s regime, joining the team on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series from its inception in 2012-13 to the end of Suggitt’s tenure in 2015. His knowledge of the program at the OTC, the player pool, and the game of rugby will lead the U.S. down the path to a podium place in Brazil.

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