Coetzee, who was apparently in the running for the Bok coaching job also declined an offer from Heyneke Meyer to join his coaching staff in an assistant role deciding rather to stay at the Cape side until 2015.
With the sudden departure of Director of Coaching, Rassie Erasmus, in January, it was believed that Coetzee will also only see out the 2012 season at the union.
Although the official announcement is only expected to be made this afternoon, WP Rugby union and their fans should welcome the news which will ensure some continuity at the union still in search of any substantial silverware in over a decade.
Official release from WP Rugby
WP Rugby today announced a 3 year extension to Head Coach Allister Coetzee’s contract. 3 year contract extensions have also been offered to Assistant Coaches Robbie Fleck and Mathew Proudfoot, as well as to Defence Coach Jacques Nienaber and WP Vodacom Cup and u21 Coach John Dobson.
WP Rugby also confirmed that a High Performance Manager reporting directly to Allister Coetzee will be appointed shortly. This portfolio would include the management of player affairs both on and off the pitch, including assistance with player contracting for the Province.
Commenting on the news Allister Coetzee said, “Contrary to recent media reports our management team and athletes are a very happy and settled group. As a management team we were all eager to re-affirm our commitment to WP and hopefully this puts this matter to bed. The appointment of the High Performance Manager will streamline and simplify our contracting procedures, as well as handling all player and admin affairs, ensuring the coaches and athletes have complete freedom to focus solely on the game.”
“It’s a big week for us and as a group our focus is on one thing and one thing only – our opener against the Hurricanes on Saturday. We are well prepared, very motivated and will be going all out to make this a big year.” Concluded the Coach.