Former New Zealand coach John Mitchell will be the man to take the United States through to the next World Cup in Japan after he signed a four-year contract with USA Rugby.
Mitchell replaces Mike Tolkin whose contract expired at the end of this year's World Cup in England.
Mitchell said he was looking forward to the challenge of turning the Americans into a rugby powerhouse.
"I am excited about putting my strengths into play and taking on this role to transform USA Rugby into a stronger unit by the end of 2019," said Mitchell. "For me personally, this is a very powerful nation that has an immense audience for this amazing sport.
"Having worked previously with [USA Rugby CEO] Nigel Melville, and knowing his level of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the game, I am confident in my decision to take on this role. I know I will have the necessary support and stability a head coach requires."
USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville said: "Following our review of the Eagles performances at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, we decided to make changes to the program and are delighted that John has agreed to lead the development of the Eagles in our next World Cup cycle. Having worked with John at Wasps in 1999 and 2000, I have an intimate understanding of John's strengths and the value that he can bring to the Eagles program.
"John is an outstanding coach with experience at all levels of the game who will develop a strong team culture, focus on the basics of the game and bring fresh ideas where they are most needed. John will also work closely with our domestic elite coaches and age grade teams."
Mitchell's first match as Eagles head coach will come against fifth ranked Argentina in the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship on February 6 in Houston, Texas.
Mitchell plans to meet with players and coaches in the coming weeks to determine the next steps towards building toward a bright future.