Glenwood High School has appointed former Springbok prop Heinke van der Merwe as the assistant coach at their u16 team from next year and the head coach of the team, Reinhard Gerber, is also an old-boy from Monument in Krugersdorp. Monnas as fast become a breeding ground for high-quality coaches.
Interesting is the fact that Van der Merwe was Gerber's junior in high school and carried his schoolbag to school when the former was in Grade 8. Once again Gerber will be looking to guide Van der Merwe as he tries to find his feet in this new role.
"I used to put bricks in my schoolbag, it might be the reason why he is so strong today," quipped Gerber.
Van der Merwe will also help the other age-group teams from Glenwood's props with their development. Gerber played an amazing 76 times for the Wit Bulle of Monnas. After school, he represented the Leopards, Golden Lions, and the Border Bulldogs at first-class level.
Gerber coached Stirling High School's first XV back in 2007 to make his debut as first-team schools' rugby coach. He also coached this team between 2011 and 2017 before moving to Glenwood as Director of Sport.
Gerber was the assistant coach for Glenwood's Green Machine for this year before the Coronavirus pandemic brought an end to the season.
Monument who will be celebrating its centenary next year, which will include an international rugby tournament, have quite a couple of former old-boys plying their trade as coaches within the South African schoolboy rugby scene.
Monnas themselves announced recently that Werner van den Berg will coach the pack of forwards of the Wit Bulle. He himself played 84 matches for the schools' first team. He was previously coaching the schools' u16-side with huge success.
Even the team doctor of Monnas, Dr. Jano de Beer, has been in his position for 275 matches and also played in 42 matches for the Wit Bulle during his school career.
Stefan "Botter" Lourens is the Director of Rugby down the road in Krugersdorp at Noordheuwel. Lourens started his First XV coaching career alongside Monnas' legendary rugby coach Hans Coetzee. The latter was also involved at Noordheuwel and Witteberg from Bethlehem last year before making a move to the Western Cape to become Hoërskool Durbanville's Director of Rugby.
Lourens also coached Hoërskool Florida, St Andrew's College, and St John's College First XV's in his coaching career. Last year he was the defence coach of Menlopark's First XV who made history by becoming the champions of the Virsekerbeker (formerly Administrators Cup, Beeld Trophy) for the first time.
Lourens also raked in former Springbok and Monnas alumni Jaque Fourie to help out as a consultant at Noordheuwel for 2020. Corneel van Dyk who is the head coach of Die Anker in Brakpan is also an old-boy of Monument.
Another former old-boy from Monument as well as a former Springbok and World Cup Winner, Brendan Venter, also made a name for himself as a coach in international circles. Venter coached London Irish, Saracens, and the Sharks while also helping out in various coaching positions in the Italian as well as South African coaching teams during his coaching career.