Former Blitzboks and Kenya 7s coach Paul Treu has been appointed as the new head coach at the University of the Western Cape.
Treu lead Kenya 7s for one season between December 2013 to December 2014 and he joins UWC to replace Chester Williams who died in 2019. Treu’s appointment will see Lionel Langenhoven who has served as the interim coach take the assistant coach role.
“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,” he stated after the appointment.
“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”
“In this regard, the network alluded to previously, which I have access to through my international work and experiences and studies, as well as an ability to manage and interpret the details whilst retaining a clear vision of the ‘big picture’, are key competitive advantages that I believe I bring to this role.”
UWC director of sport Mandla Gagayi said Treu’s commitment to betterment through education makes him the perfect fit for the university.
“Paul’s appointment reinforces our strategy towards the promotion of balance between academic and sport. It also reaffirms our commitment to the transformation of rugby as a sport where black coaches are usually overlooked or under-utilised.”
The 49-year-old has been serving as a high-performance consultant with Japan’s sevens team over the last year after a stint with the Stormers and Western Province as an assistant coach and Performance and Innovation manager.