Well it’s quite possibly the most lucrative schoolboy rugby coaching position in South Africa so you can bet your bottom dollar that the list of applications received by Hilton College for the post of rugby head coach contains numerous familiar names in KwaZulu-Natal local rugby circles and from outside the province as well. Given the potential salary involved there might even be one or two very high profile coaches with professional or maybe even international experience applying for the position.
Hilton College interviewing rugby head coach candidates
The school is going through an interview process, they are first interviewing applications internally (teachers) and then if they are not happy they will begin accepting external applications (old boys, professional coaches etc).
It’s believed they begin the interview process this week and hopefully by half-term of Term 4 the new coach will be announced.
It’s hard to say exactly what Hilton are looking for one can assume that a successful coaching career track record, experience at a level above schoolboy rugby, good character and the ability to fit and understand the private school culture are all important. The last point is very important and is bound to eliminate a number of otherwise suitable candidates.
It’s also being said that the feeling amongst the Hilton boys is going for an external professional coach which may also hold a little bit of weight.
It is understandable that after their under-16′s of 2012 struggled, many people expect Hilton to have a difficult time next year, so the new coach is going to have to work extra hard to make an impression in his first season in charge. The team will look to the likes of talented players such as centre Tristan Blewett, lock/loose-forward Jason Gouws, this year’s under -16 scrumhalf and captain Matt Dahl and wing Brad Dickerson who has quite a bit of 1st XV experience now, to help shape their fortunes.