As a result of Gunner Hughes clear vision and man management skills, many new faces are joining the Dirty Whites in numerous capacities, all with the same desire to help the club regain the type of prominence we once enjoyed in the past.
The club welcomes 27 new members of staff to the club and welcomes back 5 from last year. The number of coaches and support staff that Villager FC has secured to help the club in 2014 has to be the envy of many a club where too often finding willing coaches that are prepared to give up their time is a difficult process. The amount of new faces can only be attributed to the extraordinary vision the Dirty Whites are trying to achieve.
The appointment of Gunner Hughes is now well known, thus we will introduce the rest of the new staff in order from 1st XV to u20B.
The 1st XV has a large staff each fulfilling a vital role of a technical capacity, management or mentorship role within the team.
Gunner assumes the main head coaching role, and will be ably assisted by SACS Junior Head of Sport, Kirsten Marshall, long-time servant of Villagers, Graham Lindemann and Riaan Crous who takes charge of the forwards. Ross Williams takes up the role of attacking coach, in partnership with Gunner Hughes.
In the support staff, Harold Kessler heads up management, Nicola Sewry assumes the biokineticist duties and Keith Power conditioning.
Head Coach – Andrew ‘Gunner’ Hughes
Head Coach – Kirsten Marshall
Assistant Coach – Graham Lindemann
Assistant Coach – Riaan Crous
Attacking Coach – Ross Williams
Management – Harold Kessler
Biokineticist – Nicola Sewry
Conditioning – Keith Power
Lups Tuswa takes charge of the 2nd XV having been with the UCT u20 Trojans for a number of years he is well placed to do an excellent job with the 2nds. Lups is ably assisted by Phil Quma and George Wienekus. Grant De Sousa joins the team as a specialist defensive coach.
The support staff consists of Jarred Marsh who assumes the biokineticist duties and Robert O’Grady the management.
Head Coach – Lups Tuswa
Assistant Coach – Phil Quma
Assistant Coach – George Wienekus
Defensive Coach – Grant De Sousa
Biokineticist – Jarred Marsh
Management – Robert O’Grady
The 3rds are in the capable hands of all round good guy, Fambai Marara and is assisted by Brendan Hamman. Rugby Administrator Rameez Ismail looks after the management of the side.
Head Coach – Fambai Marara
Assistant Coach – Brendan Hamman
Management – Rameez Ismael
The u20’s have secured the services of Dave Mallett, brother of Nick Mallett, and former Villager, UCT, WPPS and Bishops 1st XV coach. Having secured the signature of Dave the club has ensured the u20 section is being more than looked after. Dave brings with him a wealth of experience and is looking forward at taking the Villager u20A side for the second time in his career. Helping Dave is his Bishops 1st XV assistant coach, Richard Smith, as well as 2013 UCT u20B coach, Charles Carey.
The support staff consists of long-time Villager coach and manager, Lionel Jacques, who takes the manager role and Nick Burger assumes the Biokineticist duties.
Head Coach – Dave Mallett
Assistant Coach – Richard Smith
Assistant Coach – Charles Carey
Biokineticist – Nick Burger
Management – Lionel Jacque
The u20B side has an extremely youthful look to it with Clinton White, the son of Jake, heading up the side in his first head coaching role. He will be ably assisted by 2013 2nd XV coach Ridaa Ismail and managed by recent SACS matriculant, Jonathan Field and Wayne Skop.
Head Coach – Clinton ‘Chalkie’ White
Assistant Coach – Ridaa Ismail
Management – Jonathan Field, Wayne Skop
The club has also secured the services of Elite Performance Specialists, Headstrong, consisting of Stuart Pattison and Mike McInerney. Both professionals were involved with UCT u20A during the Varsity Cup as well as the u19 High Performance Programme as well as numerous other clubs and teams locally. In a mentoring role, Mike Norman joins the staff together with Oliver Steynor.
The vast amount of experience, passion and ideas all these coaches bring to Villager will be invaluable to both the clubs and players growth. With such a vast array of coaches, potential players can’t go wrong by looking at Villager FC to assist with their development and dreams.