Eagles begin search for new coach
August 3, 2001

The USA Eagles have begin a a serach for a new national team coach after team administrators this week decided not to extend Duncan Hall's contract.

"After a thorough review we decided that the team can benefit from a different coaching style," said director of the National Team, Scott Compton. "Duncan had a two season contract with the Eagles that ended this year, and we have decided to look for a new head coach rather than extend that term."

While the Eagles will launch a search immediately, the selection process is expected to take several months. "We will not rush this process," said Compton. "Coaching our side presents a unique set of challenges and we need to conduct a comprehensive search for the new head coach. We don't expect to make an appointment until the new year."

The USA hosts South Africa on December 1, and will call upon current assistant coaches Tom Billups and Joe Leota to steer the team through that assembly.

"The decision was not taken lightly, and it was not politically or personality driven," Compton said. "Duncan gave the Eagles his best efforts for two seasons. We simply believe that a different approach can enhance our performance and our development as a team."

Hall was the Eagles' head coach for the 2000 Pacific Rim season as well as last year's one-off encounters with Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This season he coached the USA at May's Pan-American tournament and through England's tour last month.

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