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Tolkin Releases Statement

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Tolkin Releases Statement

Mike Tolkin was 11-22-1 in four season as the USA Head Coach. Mitch Nieto photo.

Mike Tolkin is now officially not going to be the USA Men's National 15s Team Head Coach now that USA Rugby's Board had selected John Mitchell.

Tolkin, who coached the Eagles from 2012 through the 2015 season. He released a statement today about his contract not being renewed:

I have been privileged to lead the United States Eagles over the last three and a half years. It has been a period of growth for the Men’s National Team, and I take pride in the fact that the Eagles are in a better and stronger position today than when I began. While I would have liked to continue with the program, I am grateful for my time with the team and players, and I always approached my responsibility to the Eagles with the passion and attention it warranted.

I thank the many coaches at all levels of American rugby who were helpful and constructive in the process of  development as well as the many supporters who remained loyal and enthusiastic. Ours is a complex landscape, and the help of the American rugby community was a massive support system.

Finally, I salute the many players who have represented our country with pride and who have made great sacrifices for the team, no matter how short or long their tenure on the National Team. They left their best on the field and always competed, often against great odds. Likewise, I sincerely thank all of the coaches and staff members who have worked with me and who have given everything for the cause of the Eagles. They have similarly and willingly made great sacrifices for the Eagles.  Together, we have all represented the Eagles with pride, dignity and honor. 

Mike Tolkin
January 4, 2016