Tony Healy and Phil Mack Confirmed as Coaching Team for Seattle Seawolves
It can be confirmed now that the BC duo of Tony Healy and Phil Mack will be joining the Seattle Seawolves this coming season. The relationship is similar to the one that brought BC success in the Canadian Rugby Championship where Tony Healy was head coach and Phil Mack an assistant coach and player. The MLR season starts in April but no schedule has been released yet.
Tony Healy is originally from Nanaimo and has been capped 15 times for Canada with his last cap against Japan in 1999. Phil Mack has 41 caps for Canada and is still going strong. The two join Curry Hitchborn, the UBC and BC U19 coach, who is in charge of rugby development for the Seawolves.
The BC Bears under their direction reversed a long trend of poor performances in the national summer competition. The Bears won the MacTier Cup in 2009 under Mike James then failed to make the top two in the four team competition. In 2017 under the direction of Healy and Mack the BC team returned as national champions.
The Seattle Seawolves will compete with the following teams in the MLR: Austin, Glendale Raptors, Houston Strikers, Kansas City Blues, New Orleans Gold, San Diego, Utah Warriors.
More details to come.