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BYU players perform a haka prior to the start of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup final between Cal and Brigham Young University at South Field in Provo on Saturday, May 7, 2016. SAMMY JO HESTER, Daily Herald

BYU men’s rugby has been a hot topic this summer but the program hopes to be settling in now that it has a new head coach.

The university announced Friday that former Cougar captain Steven St. Pierre will take the helm of the men’s rugby team.

“The BYU rugby team is a program that has had a huge impact on my life,” St. Pierre said in the press release. “I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue the great work that has been done by the previous coaching staff and to start working with the players towards a successful season.”

St. Pierre played under former head coach David Smyth from 2005-09 and was an assistant coach from 2012-17.

Smyth and other members of the Cougar staff resigned in June after they were unable to reconcile differences with the university on how the extramural sport should be run.

Here is the complete press release from BYU:

“BYU has hired Steven St. Pierre as the new head coach of the men’s rugby team. St. Pierre will take over responsibilities immediately for the five-time national championship team.

“St. Pierre played rugby at BYU from 2005 to 2009 and captained the 2009 squad on their way to BYU’s first rugby national championship. He served as an assistant coach for BYU Rugby from 2012 to 2017.

“‘Steve is a great representative of the type of young men the BYU Rugby program has produced over the years,’ said assistant dean of students Jim Slaughter, who oversees the BYU Extramural Program. ‘We look forward to the future of BYU Rugby and express deep gratitude for our former coaches and their invaluable contributions to the building of this program.’

“St. Pierre will replace David Smyth, who coached the team from 1990 to 2018. Smyth led the team to national championships in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“A graduate of BYU, St. Pierre earned both his BS in Accounting and Masters of Accounting from the Marriott School of Business in 2010. He is a certified public accountant and has worked as a tax manager for BDO.

“‘The BYU rugby team is a program that has had a huge impact on my life,’ St. Pierre said. ‘I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue the great work that has been done by the previous coaching staff and to start working with the players towards a successful season.’”

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