Glenwood have moved swiftly to fill the 1st XV head coaching position vacated by Sean Erasmus who has moved to Paarl Boys High. Assistant coach Rudi Dames will be the man steering the Green ship from 2014 onwards.
It was no-brainer for the school decision-makers really. Not many schools are privileged enough to have the sort of coaching depth the Green Machine had at 1st XV level.
After 8 years as a Glenwood 1st XV assistant coach, the relatively young Rudi Dames has paid his dues and earned the right to step into the hot seat at Glenwood. As far as school rugby is concerned Rudi could not have asked for two better mentors to serve under. Most recently he was wingman to Sean Erasmus who has reshaped Glenwood rugby and before Rudi learned from the Glenwood icon himself Toppy Hortop.
Rudi’s experience is not restricted to school rugby either. He is active in club rugby, does skills specific consulting for the Sharks Academy and during this past 2013 season he was also the assistance Sharks under-21 coach.
With the easy part of the appointment process is now out of the way, Glenwood now has to shift it’s focus to finding an assistant for Rudi. Ideally they will be looking for a forwards man. Those have proven tricky to find in KZN.
All the best to Rudi Dames. There is no doubt that expectations are high and there will be pressure to continue building on the good foundations laid by both Sean and Toppy.