St Andrew’s College of Grahamstown is in the process of finding a new Director of Rugby. The reason for this is that Old Selbornian Allan Miles, their head of rugby for the past five seasons has decided not to renew his contract. He will instead be follow a different career path by take up a full-time teaching post and senior housemaster position at neighbouring Graeme College, starting in 2015.
Allan joined St Andrew’s in 2010 from a profession coaching background and was able to share the latest rugby ideas and techniques available at the time. He helped put a number of systems and structures in place. He developed a playing pattern, rugby language, an age group specific coaching curriculum, numerous coaching resources, player profiles, coaching of the coaches as well as helping them to up their skills and the creating of continuity between the age groups.
Importantly along with other very capable coaches at the private school, a strategy map was drawn up in 2010. As a result 2013 turned out to be a record breaking season for SAC. In their open division they achieved their school rugby best results ever, losing just 8 out of 70 played. That year they also had a record number of provincial representatives at Craven Week.
St Andrew’s is by no means a big school. They only have about 300 rugby players to select from and have to punch well above their weight, particularly when taking on out of province opponents. However, Graeme College only has about 180 players to select from. The challenge ahead is definitely spelt out by that participation number. One thing’s for sure, Graeme stand to benefit tremendously from Allan’s coaching skills and experience, which even the biggest and best rugby schools in SA would welcome.
Allan Miles’ background:
• School education: Selborne College, Head Prefect and Hostel Head Prefect
• Highest level played at school: Border U18 Craven Week 1999
• Tertiary education: Rhodes University
• Highest level played after school: Semi-professionally for the Border Bulldogs in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup 2005
• Highest level coached: Coaching coordinator and Breakdown coach of the Lions Currie Cup 2009 as one of Jake White’s Winning Way consultants
• Current: Eastern Province Country Districts U18 Craven Week Head Coach 2013 –