The University of the Western Cape announced the appointment of Paul Treu as its new rugby coach on Friday 31 July.
The former Springbok Sevens and Kenya Sevens coach takes over from Lionel Langenhoven, who was the interim coach after the sudden passing of Chester Williams in September last year.
Treu is no stranger to the university, having enrolled as an undergrad student, obtaining a Higher Diploma in Education in 1993.
This served as a springboard to his subsequent degrees in education, educational psychology and sports directorship.
“I just want to thank everyone at the University of the Western Cape for appointing me as the head coach of the Varsity Cup team. I started my career at the university as a player and now I’m returning as a coach. I’m really excited to start working with the team and the staff and everyone at the university,” Treu said.
UWC Rugby participates in the Varsity Cup – South Africa’s premier university rugby competition.
“I regard myself as a dynamic, cutting edge leader with extensive experience in professional sport. I am exploring opportunities to team up with a high performance organisation that relies on innovation and critical thinking, which in turn prioritises best practice methods to achieve their goal,” Treu said during his interview for the UWC head coach position.
“I believe that the next generation in rugby will require even more innovative approaches to performance than ever before. As technology has become more pervasive and information more freely accessible, it is the ability to process, filter and commit to what is important in the ‘big data’ landscape that will set organisations apart. This is as true in sport as it is of any other industry.
Director of sport at UWC, Mandla Gagayi, says Treu’s appointment ties in with his vision for the institution’s sporting ambitions.
“Treu’s appointment reinforces our strategy towards promotion of balance between academics and sport. It also reaffirms our commitment to the transformation of rugby as a sport where black coaches are usually overlooked or under-utilised.
“I want to take this opportunity to also thank interim coach, Lionel Langenhoven, for ably guiding the university through a difficult Varsity Cup campaign after the sudden and painful loss of Coach Chester.”
UWC rector and vice-Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Pretorius, believes that universities are key in the development of the sportsmen and women of the future. “Paul Treu is a shining example of what can be achieved when student athletes can create a balance between their careers in sport and their academic honours. We are pleased to have him on board and wish him all the best in his new role. He has an excellent track record having been in charge of very successful Springbok Sevens campaigns,” said Pretorius.
“His appointment illustrates that we have to think about life beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. While we have to deal with the consequences of having to work from home, we must not become trapped by this reality, and his appointment shows we have an eye on the future.”
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