PROVO, UT- Earlier this week, in a team meeting the David Smyth, the BYU men’s rugby head coach, announced that he and the rest of the BYU Rugby coaching staff would no longer be leading the program.
Smyth has been with BYU since the 90s, and in recent years had lead the cougars to a National Championship in 2012, and Varsity Cup Championships in 2013 and 2014. More recently, this year, he took BYU as high as third in the national rankings and took the Cougars to the quarterfinals in this year’s D1A National Playoffs.
Along with the impressive success that his teams have enjoyed, Smyth has helped many of his players reach illustrious heights individually. Smyth has coached nine Eagles including current Eagles Shaun Davies and Paul Lasike. His relationship to his players was immense, and he often saw former players return to assist coaching the program.
In a post shared via the BYU Rugby Facebook page, Smyth noted, “To all the players I have had the honor to coach, I say thank you! I will cherish the many friendships I have made, along with the lessons that we learned together… More importantly to me, are the successes you have enjoyed in your off-field lives as husbands, fathers and positive professional contributors to society.”
Smyth has been on the forefront of Collegiate Rugby in America for the last quarter of a century and his impact on the game will be felt long after he has stepped away.
BYU has begun the search to find Smyth’s replacement.