This is an Op-Ed contribution from Joseph Sweeney. Sweeney is a longtime colleague of Mike Tolkin's, and was a teammate and co-coach of Tolkin's dating back to high school. He is currently the Xavier HS Program Director as well as Xavier's Dean of Faculty.
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:
Goff Rugby Report Editor Alex Goff sat down with USA Men’s 15s Head Coach Mike Tolkin Wednesday to go over not nay the Rugby World Cup but the last four years of his coaching tenure.
During that time under Tolkin, the USA has won 11 games, lost 22, and tied 1, for a winning percentage of .338.
GLOUCESTER, UK (USA Rugby Release, edited) – USA Men's 15s Head Coach Mike Tolkin has named his lineup to face Japan on Sunday, with the roster almost unchanged from the team that faced Samoa and Scotland earlier in the World Cup.
Mike Tolkin still has a few selection headaches to deal with as his team prepares for Australia at Soldier Field.
The USA Men’s National Rugby Team leaves the friendly confines of Burlington, Vt. for Ottawa, Canada on Thursday to face Canada Saturday.
The players have been able to get a nice mix of intense training and some time off - Lake Champlain is of course right there, and the town of Burlington had its attractions, as long as the players avoided too much Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (USA Rugby Release) – Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin has chosen a squad of 31 players to face Canada, Harlequin F.C., and Australia in the coming weeks.
The first game after a layoff is always tough; the Eagles just had to do it twice.
Whether USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin chooses John Quill or Andrew Durutalo at openside flanker, it does appear that he has chosen a ball-hawk type #7 for the Eagles.
Mike Tolkin’s changes in the USA lineup for Friday night’s clash with Japan in Sacramento is a reflection mostly of his desire to test players, but that doesn’t mean winning isn’t important.
The most famous American rugby player just got dismissed from the US national team, and it’s OK to feel conflicted about it.
The USA Men's National Team has announced that Todd Clever has been dropped from the team, effective immediately.
The announcement posted today on USARugby.org cited "multiple squad conduct violations."
Also in the announcement, USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin said, "clearly, this is not a pleasant or desirable circumstance for either party."