We are excited to announce 2 former Alumni joining our coaching staff.
Mate was noticed by the USA Eagles while playing at the University of Utah. He played for the USA from 2007-2017. In his first world cup game in 2007 he subbed into the game to score a try against England and he remained a permanent fixture for the Eagles since. Mate enjoyed a long career playing professional rugby in Europe before moving back to Utah and retiring.
Mate started coaching at Utah and was a valuable asset to the team. He left Utah for a few years to help on the High School level. Recently he was instrumental in the coaching and development of Herriman Rugby, taking them to a National Championship.
We are glad to have him back and are excited for the knowledge and leadership he brings to the team.
We are pleased to announce that former Ute and USA Eagle, Don Pati, will be taking over as our head 7s coach. Don was born in Samoa and moved to Utah in high school he excelled in rugby and Joined the Utes in 2009. In 2010 Don was a key part of the Utah team that won the first collegiate 7s National Championship and even scored the game winning try against Cal. Don graduated from the U as the only 4 year All American from the U and continued to chase his dream of playing rugby. In 2017 he got his call to the Eagles 7s team and had a great career.
Don becomes the next in a line of great 7s coaches to help further what has been a very successful program for the University of Utah. Don will bring his incredible knowledge, experience and toughness having played at the highest level.
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