Our Staff

Alie Brand
Director
Louis Koen
Director of Coaching
Warren Petersen
Head Coach, Backline & 7’s Coach
Okkie van der Merwe
Skills, Forwards Coach
Hendrik Louw
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 Allan Zondagh, Brendan Venter (backs); Pieter de Villiers, Piet Faasen, Ashley Evert (forwards) end r Christo Spies (sport psychologist). Dr Jannie Brink (medical doctor) and an internal physio are responsible for the medical programme.


Louis Koen - Director of Coaching

• Studies: B Sc in Sport Science, University of Stellenbosch
• International Rugby Board (IRB) educator and coach (level 2)
• Player career: WP (46 games - 570 points), Lions, Stormers, Cats, Bulls, Springboks (also 2003 World Cup, 15 games, 145 points)
• Coaching career: Boland Cavaliers, Stormers coaching team (2008), International Rugby Academy
• Part of Springbok coaching staff, Head SARU Mobi-Unit (from 2012)
• Involved with SRA since 2012


Warren Petersen - Head coach, Backline and 7’s coach

• 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 2012


Okkie 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 2016


Hendrik 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 2014


Francois 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

Support Staff

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 – Financial manager

• An accountant with a Higher Educational Diploma in Commerce from the former Cape Technicon and US
• Assisted by Janine Adonis
• 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
Annemarie Brand
Financial Manager
Alexia Rudolph
Manager Administration
Ronel Botes
Manager Accommodation

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