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BYU’s rugby coaching staff resigns rapidly; search for new coach underway

Monica Gibb

The BYU males’s rugby crew performs the CSU Rams in Provo on April eight, 2017.

PROVO — BYU’s males’s rugby gamers have been stuck off guard lately when all of the coaching staff resigned rapidly.

Head coach David Smyth and assistant coach Wayne Tarawhiti, who helped lead the Cougars to nationwide championships in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, made up our minds to step down and introduced it to their gamers in a crew assembly.

“I was shocked,” stated middle Jacob McKay.

Meanwhile, the search for a new coaching staff is underway. Smyth have been guiding the Cougar rugby program since 1990.

“Last week, our coaches all called us into a meeting. Only five or six of us showed up because I think everyone’s gone for summer vacation,” McKay said. “Coach Smyth said he’s been part of the program for 25-plus years and it’s been good. He said, ‘We’ve loved coaching you and teaching you how to become men.’ He gave a great speech, I guess. Then he said, ‘Unfortunately, we will be resigning from our positions.’”

Attempts through the Deseret News to touch Smyth have been unsuccessful.

In a commentary, BYU spokeswoman Natalie Ipson stated, “The previous coaching staff left for individual reasons, and we’re in the process of hiring a new coach, but the program itself isn’t changing. Everything will continue as before.”

At BYU, rugby is an extramural game, which means that contributors of the crew don’t obtain an athletic scholarship, in contrast to maximum of those that play NCAA-sanctioned sports activities similar to soccer and basketball.

The information of the coaching staff’s resignation shocked BYU wing/fullback Nalu Shortland as smartly.

BYU assistant coach Kimball Kjar (proper) along head coach David Smyth (left). (Photo: Paul Meyers)


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“I was a little surprised by it because I thought they would have told us sooner,” he stated. “But at the same time, I know coach Smyth has been dealing with some health issues in his family, same with coach Wayne. It’s not like it’s a bad thing, they are taking time off to spend time with their families.”

Shortland is assured that BYU will to find the correct coach to interchange Smyth.

“I know they’ll choose a good coach. I’m not too worried about that. All the players know how the system works. They can definitely help out the new coach,” Shortland stated. “But they’ll pick a good coach. Nothing to worry about there. We’ll definitely miss coach Smyth and coach Wayne, but whoever comes in, I know they’ll be qualified.”

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