2017 Ruggas Coach of the Year – Sean Erasmus

 

Sean Erasmus' victory as coach of the year 2016 was maybe expected given his success at Boishaai in 2015 and 2016. But his selection as again Coach of the Year in 2017 this time came with some serious moral questions, "must it be allowed that one candidate dominates the awards year after year?" The answer is yes, if a candidate is the best then we must reward him. Sean and the Paarl Boishaai team is the schoolboy standard to which everybody must and do measure themselves.

Coaching your team to become one of the most successful in not only Paarl Boishaai's history but also in the country's history does certainly counts. Taking into account that weekend after weekend schools are played of similar strength and passion, a lot of planning and coaching is needed. During 2017 Sean and his coaching staff had to absorb season-ending injuries to some of their star players and their captain, they undertook a very demanding tour in New Zeeland, landed on their feet running at the St Johns Easter Festival and remained unbeaten for 3 consecutive years against South African schools.

Having an abundance of talent to coach is one thing but to harness that into one team takes something very special. Sean decided early in 2015 to invest time in the players’ lives on and off the field. Discipline and having a sound team ethos, which the players value, was vital. The coaching staff believed that in teaching boys about faith and the good values of life, manners and being humble, improves the person and helped in moulding a group of individuals into a very successful team.

All of the above would be useless if it was not for Sean's acceptance that he as a coach, does not know everything. His eagerness to listen and learn throughout his career as a coach ensured that he is not only up to date in new coaching methods and strategies but is also seen as one of the leading minds in developing the game and players.