USA Rugby Announces Open Positions for 2018 Youth Olympic Games

LAFAYETTE, CO. – USA Rugby is seeking two Coach/Team Leaders for the girls and boys sevens teams of the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct. 8-18, 2018. Submissions for both openings will be accepted from Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 through Friday, Jan. 5th 2018 on Procedures for selection may also be viewed in advance by visiting the Selection Procedures page on

Both positions will be responsible for coaching YOG age-eligible athletes at the international level as well as overseeing financial responsibilities and managing event logistics. A strong candidate will possess a deep tactical knowledge of rugby sevens and the rules which govern the sport. Pending qualification at the Rugby Americas North qualifying event in Las Vegas (Mar. 1-4, 2018), candidates will be required to remain in Buenos Aires for the duration of the Games.

Alex Magleby, USA Rugby’s GM of High Performance, describes the distinct and critical responsibilities of this role, as well as the skills a chosen candidate will need to achieve success.

“The Youth Olympic Games Coach/Team Leader position is unique to most other national team staff positions–it is very much a swiss army knife role–as the person must have the ability to serve as head coach, assistant coach, analyst, S&C, and manager, all wrapped up in one,” said Magleby.”Demonstrated ability to identify, develop, teach 18 year olds; operationalize and run assemblies off-the-field; as well as be able to use adroitly analytical tools such as Sportscode, and player monitoring GPS systems will all help the candidate deliver on the mission of this team.” 

In addition to their operational duties, Magleby further describes the opportunity and significance of athlete-guidance in the successful execution of the role.

“As importantly, the Coach/Team Leader should have a strong desire and ability to mentor the athletes through the unique culture and education opportunities of the Youth Olympic movement,” says Magleby.

Submissions for the Coach/Team Leader position on both the girls and boys teams are open now and will close on Jan. 5, 2018. Candidates may submit their applications on and view selection procedures by visiting the Selection Procedures page on The Youth Olympic Games will run from Oct. 8-18, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with USA Rugby’s participation decided at the Rugby Americas North qualifying event in Las Vegas on Mar. 1-4, 2018.