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Pate Tuilevuka, General Manager

Originally from Suva, Fiji Tuilevuka grew up around and played the game of rugby as many do from the island. After moving to Utah, he attended Brigham Young University and played for rugby for the Cougars at the fly-half position. Impressing on the collegiate stage, he quickly earned All-American honors and after graduating, headed to Ireland to play abroad with Galwegians RFC. He eventually progressed from there into the Connacht’s professional scene. The American eligible back debuted for the USA in 2006 against Ireland and had 17 appearances for the USA Eagles through 2010 along with appearances for the USA Falcons in the NA4 series. Tuilevuka returned to the States to play a season with the Provo Steelers in 2009, followed by a move to Seattle in 2010 to suit up with Old Puget Sound Beach in the Super League competition. The talented backline player played for OPSB in two Super League finals, captaining the side after a win over SFGG earned them West Coast championship bragging rights. Tuilevuka has been in Seattle ever since, playing for the respective Seattle club sides as they transitioned from Seattle-OPSB to Seattle Saracens to Seattle Rugby Club over the years, in both 15s and 7s. His coaching career began with Atavus Rugby, formally known as Serevi Rugby, with the USA Rugby Academy, consulting with the Bermuda National Team, taking the Seattle Elite City 7s team to the World Clubs 7s in London at Twickenham as the assistant coach and manager. He was also a key coach of the HSBC Youth Program that activated youth camps across the world, including Brazil, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, New York, and other global stops. After a career change, but never far away from the rugby community, Tuilevuka returned to the game, supporting the Seattle Seawolves since 2019, where he was a skills coach for the championship-winning side under head coach Richie Walker. He continued to develop as a coach, taking on the Washington Athletic Club 7s Women’s Head Coach and in the fall, named Head Coach and Men’s Director of Rugby for Seattle Rugby Club. Tuilevuka had the Seattle Orcas off to a roaring start in both the Premier and Division I men’s sides in the British Columbia Rugby Union in 2020 before the season was canceled due to the global pandemic. Ready and eager to grow the game in the region he has called home for over 11 years, Tuilevuka brings the player and coaching experience to help drive the development of the Seawolves Academy and other rugby initiatives through Seattle’s Major League Rugby team.

Hometown Suva, Fiji