At the end of 2018, head coach Sean Erasmus will part ways with Paarl Boys’ High after 5-years at the helm. Erasmus is all set to take the next step towards his goal of becoming a top level pro competition coach when he joins the Golden Lions Rugby Union.
Of Erasmus’ seasons in charge at Boishaai, 2014 was one of overachievement given the squad he had, while 2015, 2016 and 2017 were outstanding ones in which his teams not only topped the national rankings but remained unbeaten locally. It’s an understatement to say that even one unbeaten season against the calibre of opposition that Boishaai faces annually is no mean feat. To string together three back to back local campaigns is simply off the charts remarkable and will take some doing to equal or better in this modern age of school rugby.
The 2018 season is still a chapter to be written but all at Boishaai are confident of it being another amazing year for what’s proved to be an amazing coach for them. Someone who started out as just another highly rated coach when he arrived in Paarl and quickly elevated himself to the “meneer” who simply had no equal at schoolboy rugby level in this country.
Although Erasmus has a history of achievements from his Glenwood High School coaching days and who knows may not be lost to school rugby forever; it’s these five seasons at Boishaai that will in all likelihood define his legacy as an SBR coach. Well-known coaches like Basil Bey (Bishops) and Skonk Nicholson (Maritzburg College) achieved iconic status over a career lifetime of achievement. In spite of his relatively short term in charge, is Erasmus fit to be regarded as one of the SBR coaching Greatest Of All Times (GOAT) based on what he has done at Paarl Boys’ High?