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Magleby ‘00 Named National 7’s Coach

Magleby.jpgDartblog has long had a special esteem for the men’s rugby team: year after year, the squad runs over the rest of the Ivy League. Last year’s scores tell the tale: 62-0, 57-5, 53-21, 24-17, 60-0, 64-0, 97-3. The season’s only close game — a 24-17 victory over Brown — came after the ruggers bussed down to Providence at dawn to play the Bears. The team’s guiding force, Coach Alex Magleby ‘00, also led the Dartmouth men to victory in the USA Sevens College Championship last spring.

Magleby has just been named coach of the USA Men’s Sevens team, where he will find himself only slightly older than some of his players. In addition to his duties at the College, since 2009 Magleby has been head coach of the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans, the USA’s elite university-level developmental program.

Mags’ appointment is only a provisional one lasting through the end of the current season. In May, USA Rugby will officially look to fill the position on a full-time basis. However, it seems that Mags will be applying for the job, which he would hope to fill in the run-up the the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, where rugby 7’s will be a medal sport for the first time. The College will face a challenge in replacing him

Note: Rugby is only a club sport at the College; it does not have varsity status — though, since the arrival of level-headed AD Harry Sheehy, the team has had virtually all the privileges of a varsity squad.

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