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SWD Cricket bolster coaching ranks

Sep 15, 2017
SWD Cricket bolster coaching ranks

South Western Districts Cricket has appointed Baakier Abrahams as their new coach following the resignation of Andy Moles earlier this month. Moles, a former national coach of Kenya, New Zealand and Afghanistan, who was at the helm since July 2016 accepted the a post at the Afghanistan Cricket Board where he will coach the National A- and U/19 team.

The 35-year old Abrahams completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Business Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2008 majoring in Sociology and Business and Strategic Management.

He obtained his Cricket South Africa Level 3 coaching certificate in 2010 and was employed at Eastern Province Cricket as an assistant coach to the senior provincial team and academy as well as the Cricket South Africa talent scout for the Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) in the Warriors region overseeing the age group pipeline from 16 – 19 years of age. He was also the Head Coach at the NMMU Madibaz Cricket Club between 2012 and 2016 and head coach of the SA Tertiary team in 2014 and 2015.

“One of my personal highlights was my ability to inherit and existing winning team and culture at NMMU and continue that winning culture as evident by the number of trophies won during my career”, said Abrahams who will take office on 1 October 2017.

“We are delighted to welcome Baakier Abrahams as part of the SWD Cricket family and are looking forward to his positive contribution as coach of our flag ship team”, said SWD President, Mr Rudy Claassen. SWD, who produced a much improved performance during the pool stages of the African T20 Cup, will play their first provincial fixture of the season as from 2 November 2017 when they take on Eastern Province at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn in the Sunfoil Cup Three-day competition.

South Western Districts Cricket also recently announced the various age group coaches appointed as part of the newly established provincial coaching framework positions. The appointed candidates are: Gurshwin Rabie (Academy and U/19), Eduard Strydom (U/17 and U/15), Douglas Baartman (U/13 and U/11) and Shaun Pretorius (Women and Girls U/19).

These coaches will be responsible for the development and implementation of an elite coaching program for the their respective groupings. In addition they are also responsible for all aspects of the newly introduced Player Performance Plan in the Member pipeline structures. This will be done in conjunction with the key role players at Schools, Clubs, Hubs and Regional Performance Centers by introducing systems aimed to improve on-field performance of the selected cricketers.

ImageThe appointed coaches of the SWD Coaches framework positions together with Jonathan Beukes (Cricket Services manager) on the left and Garry Hampson (Coaching Manager) on the right are: Douglas Baartman (U/13 and U/11), Gurshwin Rabie (Academy and U/19), Eduard Strydom (U/17 and U/15), and Shaun Pretorius (Women and Girls U/19)