Glenwood Appoints New 1st XV Rugby Coach 2017




The new 1st XV Head Coach, Jeremy McLaren, was born and bred in Bloemfontein.

He started his schooling at Grey Primary and matriculated at Sentraal High School, playing for the 1st XV. He went on to study marketing at the Free State University of Technology, but have never worked in the marketing field. After completing his studies, Jeremy moved to Durban, where he did a three year course at the Shalom Bible School and worked as a youth leader.

He started his rugby coaching career at Gelofte Skool, working there for 12 years. In 2011 he took up the position as Director of Rugby and 1st XV Coach at Kloof High School.

Jeremy McLaren is no stranger to Glenwood. Last year he coached a very successful U16 A team.

Jeremy has a good track record as a coach, coaching the following teams:

  • Sharks Senior Sevens Assistant Coach (2016)
  • KZN Schools Academy Head Coach (2016)
  • Grant Khomo Head Coach (2015), coached the team to the final
  • KZN Wildebeest Assistant Coach (2014) coached the team to the final
  • Senior DSRU coach (2014)
  • KZN Youth Duikers Head Coach (2014)
  • Grant Khomo Assistant Coach (2014)
  • Duran Rugby Sub-Union (DRSU) coach (2012 / 2013)

Over the years he has been very involved in coaching Club Rugby:

  • 1st XV Backline Coach for Varsity College Rugby Club (2016)
  • Head Coach at Hillcrest Villagers Rugby Club (2010 – 2015)
  • Winner of the Junior Murray Cup (2015)
  • Coach at Ballito Dolphins Rugby Club (2005 – 2006)

Jeremy is a Level 2 IRB coach and a Level 1 Sevens IRB coach.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, he loves pizza and if he has the time he will go fishing or play golf.

His coaching philosophy is to reach the boys before looking for the results. He believes that you should invest more in the boys than just a rugby skill. He builds his life around the word respect and would like to instil the value of respect in the boys as well.

He would like to develop a well-rounded boy, who earns the respect from the younger players. His goal is to develop a team that works with each other. We wish him luck for the 2017 season!

Photo by Travis Nightingale