Meet Our Staff
Head Coach, Backline & 7’s Coach
Okkie van der Merwe
Skills, Forwards Coach
Conditioning and Forwards coach
Francois du Toit
Analist, Backline Coach
Your journey starts with a world class Coaching staff!
Our coaching staff drives the plans, culture and values at SRA. They combine individual- and team goals, so that players can commit themselves to something greater than themselves. We also use specialist coaches like Louis Koen, Allan Zondagh, Brendan Venter (backs); Pieter de Villiers, Piet Faasen, Ashley Evert (forwards) and dr Christo Spies (sport psychologist). Dr Jannie Brink (medical doctor) and an internal physio are responsible for the medical programme.
• Studies: National Diploma in Sport Science, Bachelor in Human Movement (North Western University - PUK) • Player career: Play Boland u/19, Leopards and Boland Vodacom and Currie Cup, South Africa 7's • Coaching career: Leopards (u/18, u/19, seniors, 7's), Pukke (back line), Durbell RFC (u/20A), Maties u/19, Maties and Maties Young Guns • Also co-ordinator Coaching clinics • Involved with SRA since 2012Okkie van der Merwe - Skills, Forwards coach
• B Com degree in Sport Management, RAU (UJ), Post Graduate Education (Unisa) • Player career: RAU 1st, Transvaal u/23, SA Universities, Border, Golden Lions Vodacom group, Falcons A • Coaching career: Border Rugby development, Dr. EG Jansen (u/19), RAU (3’d), Brakpan, NMMU (Saasveld), SA Agricultural Team, PW Botha College, George-Suid primary, Ruggakids, Paarl Gymnasium u/16A, Maties Young Guns • Also Co-ordinator Scouting and Mental Toughness programme • Involved with SRA since 2016Hendrik Louw – Conditioning and Forwards coach
• Former student at SRA • Diploma in Fitness and Sport management(Eta), IRB Coaching (level 2), “BokSmart”, IRB Referee (level 1) • Professional conditioning /personal trainer, coach Helderberg hostel, different schools and clinics • Assisted by physio and intern • Involved with SRA since 2014Francois du Toit – Analist and backline coach
• Former student at SRA • Diploma in Sport Management (Eta), IRB Coaching (level 2), “BokSmart”, IRB Referee (level 1) • Coaching career: Helderberg Hostell, Helderberg u/20, schools, clinics • Superintendent Student Houses • Coordinate Schools coaching and camps / clinics • Involved with SRA since 2015
Meet our support staff:
Our dedicated support staff makes sure everything runs smoothly, and that students and coaches are supported at all times. Annemarie Brand – Manager Administration • Manage reception and office administration • Student affairs • Assists wirh local and overseas groups and guests • Involved with SRA since 2004 Alexia Rudolph – Manager Administration • Manage reception and office administration • Involved with SRA since 2012 Ronel Botes – Manager Accommodation • Responsible for catering, student- and guest accommodation • Involved with SRA since 2014