Mike Tolkin's Eagle staff is to be made over following this week's departure of three key assistants.
Derek Dowling, Dan Payne, and Tony Smeeth have resigned, USARFU said in a pair of press releases.
The exits, coming after a winless Pacific Nations Cup and this month's World Cup qualifying series loss to Canada, suggest Tolkin will keep his job through 2015. Most national teams avoid changing head coaches within two years of the world championship, to afford reasonable time for developing strategy and systems.
But the second-year Eagle leader could be on a shortened leash. Despite a bright start in 2012, this season Tolkin's charges have appeared one dimensional, particuarly struggling to score tries.
So too the national team players. New staff often precedes new personnel. Many incumbents are comparatively long of tooth, a seeming contradiction with the past decade's strong growth in preteen and teenage players. Better to look now at contenders who project to England in 2015, one theory goes.
Payne has accepted a larger job in the athletics department at Atlanta's Life University, the union said, while Smeeth intends to focus on his director of rugby post at Dublin's Trinity College. Dowling, a specialist with Ireland's Leinster, has been notified his position as scrum mentor is to be consolidated along with lineout responsibilities in the forward coach's role. Ironically, rugby's scrum laws are but two games old, and have initially been seen to benefit the US.
The new assistants ought to be in place by October's Americas Rugby Championship, Tolkin said in an email. In recent years, the three-game tournament has featured domestic and would-be national teamers. The British Columbia event will take on added significance in that America 'A' will meet Uruguay, the USA's opponent in next April's World Cup qualifiers.