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Former USA WNT 7s Coach Suggitt Dies

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Former USA WNT 7s Coach Suggitt Dies

Former USA Women's National 7s Head Coach Ric Suggitt has died at the age of 58.

Suggitt, who coached the Canada Men's 15s and 7s teams, and the Canada Women's national teams, has been of late the University of Lethbridge women's coach. He died following a medical complication An enthusiastic and energetic coach, "Sloggo" was successful at a variety of levels, coaching the Canada men at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and he was the coach who marshalled the USA women's 7s team into the full-time era.

He was at the helm when the USA qualifier for the Rio Olympics. He didn't remain, however, after he and then USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville disagreed on future plans. Suggitt ended up taking the job at Lethbridge.

In a statement, the University of Lethbridge said:

"He was a larger-than-life figure that demanded the best from all of us but gave back all he had in return and his energy was contagious. His passing is heartbreaking for all of us in the Pronghorn family."

USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne also noted Suggitt's passing:

"I was always proud to call Ric a friend, enjoyed his company, and he frequently brought a smile to my face, as he did to so many. He will be greatly missed and always remembered as a great man for North American rugby."

Suggitt will be honored at this weekend's USA v Canada men's game in San Diego.

 

See what others said about Suggitt here, and also his last social media posts, which show exactly what he was about as a coach.