Premier Boys Rugby Coach
Playing career summary, plus highlights:
Premier Rugby Club.
Coaching career summary, plus highlights:
St Kentigern College - 1st XV Rugby - Technical Advisor 2001-2002
Dilworth School 1st XV Rugby Head Coach - 2007-2015 - 1B champions 2012, 2013 Auckland Secondary School Rugby Divisional Assistant Coach - 2010 & 2011 - Winner both years of Northern Regional B Championship Auckland Secondary School Rugby South East U18 Head Coach - 2012 & 2013 - Runner Up both Years in Northern Region A competition. Auckland Blues 18s Manager 2016 & 2017 NZ Age Garde Selector for NZ Schools and NZ 20's 2015 - 2019 North Harbour U19- Co-Coach - 3rd in Jock Hobbes National Tournament.
Athletes you have coached that have gone on to higher honours:
I have been lucky to coach and teach many rugby players that have gone onto Provincial, Franchise, Professional and International level rugby. At either or both academy or playing status and at NZ School Boy, NZ Barbarian, NZ 20's/21's, NZ Maori and All Black levels. All Blacks - Jerome Kaino, Joe Rokocoko, John Afoa, Josh Ioane, Angus Ta'avao Australia - Ben McCalman Tonga - James Faiva, Kali Hala, Kaveinga Finau Samoa - Sam Slade.
Coaching qualifications, or anything special we should know :
Level 3 NZRU Coaching Qualification World Rugby Coach Educator Qualification Co-presented at National Conferences with NZRU on ``Growing Rugby Culture in Schools`` Consulting to Secondary Schools on ``Growing Rugby Culture in Schools`` Presented to Provincial Rugby Unions on ``Growing Rugby Culture in Schools`` National Board Member for Physical Education New Zealand 2014-2019.
Any special links to the school:
My wife and her siblings came to Rangitoto College, my eldest son is here, and my youngest son will attend here in the future.
What do you love about coaching Rangitoto teams:
The willingness to turn up each day and give it everything that they have got.
What you love about sport and or the sport you coach:
I love that sport is a vehicle for connecting you to all sorts of people, experiences, and opportunities. Sport grows you as a leader, a participant and generally as a person. Seeing the development of an athlete, watching them overcome adversity, accept challenges, and strive for greatness is awesome!! I love seeing the success and satisfaction on the faces of athletes when something works out for them. For me, being a part of someone's journey through sport gets me out of bed in the morning. I love rugby because there is always an appetite for being creative and doing something new and different while still applying traditional principles of play. The competitive nature of sport and rugby excites me every time I plan, coach, evaluate or even watch rugby.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your team at the school:
My goal for Rangitoto is to grow the playing numbers, grow a strong rugby culture and win the 1A rugby competition.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your sport at the school:
Link with neighbouring primary and intermediate schools and rugby clubs and become the number 1 choice for parents to send their children to our school. Focus areas include linking with regional sport organisations/trusts, schools, and clubs, growing belief amongst our current student body and aspiring student body, connecting with the community (old, current and future students) and growing the capability and understanding of teachers and staff members in school or coming into school.
Coaching philosophy or approaches to coaching:
I am competitive by nature and absolutely passionate about rugby and the lessons about life rugby can give you as a player, coach or supporter. My philosophy includes growing leaders in a team to the point where everyone has been exposed to being the best leader that they can be in whatever way that looks like. I aim at success and co-create what success looks like based on the team of people that I am working with. It takes time, patience, and planning in order to grow success so being prepared for a journey is a big part of my approach.
Any key coaching related/team related quote(s) that you might use:
``It takes a village to bring up a child``, ``Impossible is nothing``, He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata - its all about the people, people people``, ``I don’t care how old someone is, I care how good they are!``
Any coach mentors you may have and why:
Past 1st XV Coach who mentored me taught me the art of being creative and how success is interpreted to mean everything. The measure of this mentor coach was the day that our teams played each other 13 years after we first met and my team beat his team, he was so proud of my achievement and that meant the world to me even though he was the opposition coach; my first Principal in my first teaching job believed in my ability to ignite people and put me in positions to coach and inspire others which grew my confidence and experience. A prior NZ Softball Coach and NZ Netball Coach who mentored me and made me think differently about coaching and why I am doing what I am doing, truly amazing people; I firmly believe that we all need other people to challenge our thinking and the way we do things and the reasons why. This is the only way we can show true vulnerability and be in the best position to learn.
Where do you work or what is your do full time job:
Rangitoto College - Year 10 Dean, Junior Curriculum leader Physical Education and Health.
Anything else you may deem important to you relating to your role:
Connecting with other coaches in the school is important. Having a clear vision for what success looks like. Growing a strong coaching, managing, and mentoring culture within a school that is connected to the school’s history and future aspirations. This can be related to rugby and sport but also to other ways of supporting students. Schools have an absolutely incredible opportunity to life coach, manage and mentor our students. This is a powerful ``why`` and something that grows culture.