The rugby season is upon us and we would like to introduce our newly appointed Director of Rugby.
Glenwood’s strength and conditioning consultant and Head of Physical Education has been appointed as the Director of Rugby.
Derek Heiberg is a qualified Biokinetisist with vast experience of rugby coaching and conditioning. He is an IRB Level 2 qualified Coach, has a national diploma in Strength and Conditioning, as well as completing a vast number of short courses.
Derek was born and bred in Cape Town and went to Bergvliet High School where he played rugby.
In 2001 – 2002 he was a voluntary rugby coach at Wynberg Boys High. He went on to become their skills and conditioning coach for the 1st XV, where he held the position for the following two years.
As part of his compulsory UWC Practicum, he worked as a conditioning assessor for The Western Province Rugby Academy. During this time 2002 – 2004 he was also the conditioning and backline coach for the False Bay 1st XV Club Team. This team achieved a third position in the Super League B.
The following two years he was a voluntary assistant trainer for The Hurricanes in New Zealand, assisting with general conditioning coaching.
From 2005 – 2006 he was the conditioning and backline coach for Hamilton’s Rugby Club 1st XV, they won the Super League B title resulting in a promotion to the first division.
In 2005 – 2008 he headed into the classroom as a Physical Education Teacher at Wynberg Boys’ Junior School. At the school he was Head of Rugby for the junior school, coaching the U13 A team. He taught general physical education, education learners and their parents on nutrition.
2007 – 2011 he was the conditioning and backline coach for the Villagers Rugby Club 1st Team.
2011 – 2012 he did rugby conditioning for the UCT Varsity Cup team.
2013 he was the assistant coach of the KZN Duikers, who was the Central Conference Winners that year.
2013 – 2014 he was the strength and conditioning coach for the Collegians Rugby club 1st XV. They reached the Murray Cup Finals and achieved second place in the Moor Cup League, they were the Moor Cup Winners in 2014.
Since 2014 he has been the Head Coach of the Sharks Club XV and Head Coach of College Rovers Rugby Club 1st XV. The Sharks Club team reached the final of the SARU Amateur Provincial Championship for the first time in KZNRU history in 2014.
Derek has assisted a number of amateur players that have gone on to play representative rugby.
In his free time he loves spending time with his family, two pugs, a Great Dane and a cat. When time allows it, he plays golf. He is a huge Arsenal fan, thus he tries to watch as many of their games as he can.
Derek has been married to Vivienne for 4 years; they met in Cape Town at a ruby club that he was coaching at. Recently they became the proud parents of twin boys, Gabriel and Reuben.
He is very passionate about the game of rugby and ensuring that players develop and reach their full potential on and off the field.
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