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SaberCats' Paul Healy Not Returning as Head Coach Next Season

June 10, 2021 - Major League Rugby (MLR) - Houston SaberCats News Release

HOUSTON - The Houston SaberCats have announced today that Head Coach Paul Healy will not be returning for the 2022 season. Healy will stay in his current post throughout the remainder of the 2021 season and help with the transition to a new head coach.

"Between Paul and management, we decided it was in the best interest of everyone to make this decision now," said JT Onyett, SaberCats president. "We have the utmost respect for Paul and know that he will continue to handle his responsibilities as the experienced professional he is."

"It's always disappointing when you don't get the results the team works hard for," said Paul Healy. "Coming to this agreement now allows both myself and the SaberCats to begin building for next year. For now, we'll seek to finish the season strong, accumulate some wins and challenge a couple of teams that are looking to go to the playoffs."

The SaberCats will begin a search for their next head coach immediately.

With a long-term plan in place, the SaberCats are looking for a coach that will guide them to the top of the table annually. As part of the long-range plan, the 'Cats will continue their efforts of the last 18 months-- to develop its youth academy and Rugby HTX, the team's developmental squad. Both of them will continue playing in AVEVA Stadium, one of the premier complexes for rugby in North America.

"All the foundations are in place for the SaberCats to compete at a high level and I wish them all the best moving forward," said Healy.

"Our fans have supported us from day one," said Onyett, "and the ownership is determined to bring a championship team to the City of Houston."

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