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Glenwood gets new Director of Rugby and Head coach


The rugby season is upon us and we would like to introduce our newly appointed Director of Rugby and 1ste XV Head Coach.

Glenwood’s strength and conditioning consultant and Head of Physical Education has been appointed as the Director of Rugby.

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Derek Heiberg is a qualified Biokinetisist with vast experience of rugby coaching and conditioning. He is an IRB Level 2 qualified Coach, has a national diploma in Strength and Conditioning, as well as completing a vast number of short courses.

Derek was born and bred in Cape Town and went to Bergvliet High School where he played rugby.

In 2001 – 2002 he was a voluntary rugby coach at Wynberg Boys High. He went on to become their skills and conditioning coach for the 1st XV, where he held the position for the following two years.

As part of his compulsory UWC Practicum, he worked as a conditioning assessor for The Western Province Rugby Academy. During this time 2002 – 2004 he was also the conditioning and backline coach for the False Bay 1st XV Club Team. This team achieved a third position in the Super League B.

The following two years he was a voluntary assistant trainer for The Hurricanes in New Zealand, assisting with general conditioning coaching.

From 2005 – 2006 he was the conditioning and backline coach for Hamilton’s Rugby Club 1st XV, they won the Super League B title resulting in a promotion to the first division.

In 2005 – 2008 he headed into the classroom as a Physical Education Teacher at Wynberg Boys’ Junior School. At the school he was Head of Rugby for the junior school, coaching the U13 A team. He taught general physical education, education learners and their parents on nutrition.

2007 – 2011 he was the conditioning and backline coach for the Villagers Rugby Club 1st Team.

2011 – 2012 he did rugby conditioning for the UCT Varsity Cup team.

2013 he was the assistant coach of the KZN Duikers, who was the Central Conference Winners that year.

2013 – 2014 he was the strength and conditioning coach for the Collegians Rugby club 1st XV. They reached the Murray Cup Finals and achieved second place in the Moor Cup League, they were the Moor Cup Winners in 2014.

Since 2014 he has been the Head Coach of the Sharks Club XV and Head Coach of College Rovers Rugby Club 1st XV. The Sharks Club team reached the final of the SARU Amateur Provincial Championship for the first time in KZNRU history in 2014.

Derek has assisted a number of amateur players that have gone on to play representative rugby.

In his free time he loves spending time with his family, two pugs, a Great Dane and a cat. When time allows it, he plays golf. He is a huge Arsenal fan, thus he tries to watch as many of their games as he can.

Derek has been married to Vivienne for 4 years; they met in Cape Town at a ruby club that he was coaching at. Recently they became the proud parents of twin boys, Gabriel and Reuben.

He is very passionate about the game of rugby and ensuring that players develop and reach their full potential on and off the field.

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The new 1st XV Head Coach, Jeremy McLaren, was born and bred in Bloemfontein.

He started his schooling at Grey Primary and matriculated at Sentraal High School, playing for the 1st XV. He went on to study marketing at the Free State University of Technology, but have never worked in the marketing field. After completing his studies, Jeremy moved to Durban, where he did a three year course at the Shalom Bible School and worked as a youth leader.

He started his rugby coaching career at Gelofte Skool, working there for 12 years. In 2011 he took up the position as Director of Rugby and 1st XV Coach at Kloof High School.

Jeremy McLaren is no stranger to Glenwood. Last year he coached a very successful U16 A team.

Jeremy has a good track record as a coach, coaching the following teams:

  • Sharks Senior Sevens Assistant Coach (2016)
  • KZN Schools Academy Head Coach (2016)
  • Grant Khomo Head Coach (2015), coached the team to the final
  • KZN Wildebeest Assistant Coach (2014) coached the team to the final
  • Senior DSRU coach (2014)
  • KZN Youth Duikers Head Coach (2014)
  • Grant Khomo Assistant Coach (2014)
  • Duran Rugby Sub-Union (DRSU) coach (2012 / 2013)

Over the years he has been very involved in coaching Club Rugby:

  • 1st XV Backline Coach for Varsity College Rugby Club (2016)
  • Head Coach at Hillcrest Villagers Rugby Club (2010 – 2015)
  • Winner of the Junior Murray Cup (2015)
  • Coach at Ballito Dolphins Rugby Club (2005 – 2006)

Jeremy is a Level 2 IRB coach and a Level 1 Sevens IRB coach.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, he loves pizza and if he has the time he will go fishing or play golf.

His coaching philosophy is to reach the boys before looking for the results. He believes that you should invest more in the boys than just a rugby skill. He builds his life around the word respect and would like to instil the value of respect in the boys as well.

He would like to develop a well-rounded boy, who earns the respect from the younger players. His goal is to develop a team that works with each other. We wish him luck for the 2017 season!

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