Oloff Bergh – Boland Landbou 1stXV Head Coach

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Oloff Bergh is currently the Head of Rugby and First XV Head Coach of Boland Landbou. Oloff matriculated in 1997 at Huguenot High School in Wellington and played first team rugby for two years. Straight after school Oloff went to Italy and played club rugby for Piacenza Rugby Club who at the time was coached by Jerome Paarwater.

In March 1998 Oloff came back from Italy and studied Sports Management & Science at Tygerberg College in Cape Town. While studying at Tygerberg College Oloff played First Team Club rugby for Wellington Rugby Club. In 2000 he was also selected to play scrumhalf for the Boland u.21 rugby team in the Currie Cup.

After his studies he went to New Zealand in 2001 and played club rugby for Taradale Rugby Club in the Hawkes Bay province of NZ. At Taradale he gained huge experience at a young age about how rugby is coached and played in NZ.

Oloff started his coaching career at the age of 22 when he was appointed sports manager at Strand High School in 2002 and coached the u.16A team for two years. In 2004  & 2005 he coached the First XV of Strand with great success. The 2005 team was one of the best teams that Strand has had for quite a while.

In 2006 he was appointed Sports Organizer at Paarl Boys’ High and coached the u.16A team and in 2007 he was coach of the u.15A team who only lost one match all season against Grey College in Bloemfontein. In 2008 he left Paarl Boys High to become the Assistant Coach of the Boland u.21 Currie Cup team. That Boland team beat WP u.21 and had players in the backline like Willie le Roux and Cornal Hendricks.

In 2009 and 2010 he went back to Paarl Boys’ High and coached the u.19B-team who in two seasons under his coaching played 27 matches and lost only one match against Grey College. Oloff was appointed Sports Organizer at Boland Landbou in June 2011 and took over as Head Coach of the First Rugby Team in June 2012.

In between his commitments to Boland Landbou he also coached the unbeaten WP Grant Khomo-week teams from 2012 until 2014. He was the Head Coach in 2013 & 2014.

Oloff believes that a good rugby coach must have a sound knowledge of the game, must always be willing to learn about the game, but most importantly a good coach must have a huge work ethic. He also makes time to get to know his players and his relationship with his players has always been one of his strengths and a big reason for his success.

For Oloff it is a massive honour to work, live and coach rugby at Boland Landbouskool. Boland Landbou, although only 54 years old has a rich history and a proud tradition and he wants the school and especially the rugby to build on those traditions and foundations that the previous coaches and players have laid before him.

With so many excellent schools in the Western Cape and especially in Paarl, Boland Landbou with only 350 boys does really punch above their weight year after year.